Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The doors of the Sistine Chapel will be closed this evening with the declaration “extra omnes” – everyone out, beginning the Conclave that will choose the next Pope. The ceremony, called the “Rite for Entrance into Conclave,” will begin with a procession from the Pauline Chapel to the Sistine Chapel, a walk of about 50 yards through Regia Hall. The procession will be led by the cross, followed by the Book … [Read more...]

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Vatican City, Mar 12, 2013 / 05:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The dean of the College of Cardinals celebrated Mass this morning and prayed for a new Pope that will embrace the mission of charity with a generous heart.“My brothers, let us pray that the Lord will grant us a pontiff who will embrace this noble mission (of charity) with a generous heart,” Cardinal Angelo Sodano said in St. Peter’s Basilica on March 12.“Let us pray that the future Pope may continue this … [Read more...]

Young adult uses marathon to pursue her vocation

Fresno, Calif., Mar 12, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A California-native is running 26.2 miles to support her vocation as a cloistered nun. But before Jenn Garza can join the contemplative Norbertine sisters, she must pay off nearly $53,000 in student loans. Although Garza works two jobs, the 26-year-old said she “wouldn’t be able to pay off my student loans in any short amount of time.” However – with a background in fitness and experience as a personal … [Read more...]

Catholics see moral complications in drone usage

Washington D.C., Mar 12, 2013 / 02:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid continued debate over the use of drone strikes, Catholic thinkers warned that the U.S. drone program – particularly when used in civilian areas – raises a host of complex moral considerations.“It would be very easy to come to reasoning that the Church would be absolutely opposed to the use of drones – foreign or domestic – in civilian areas” said Joshua Mercer, political director of civic … [Read more...]

Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Denver, Colo., Mar 12, 2013 / 12:02 am (CNA).- Over 35,000 people have signed up for, a service of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students that sends out a free text and e-mail alert when the next Pope is elected. “The reaction has been fantastic and overwhelming,” Kevin Cotter, FOCUS web director, told CNA March 11. “It’s been great to be at the forefront of Catholic new media and getting the word out there.” Demand for the service has … [Read more...]

Catholic service requires conscience rights, Boston cardinal stresses

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 05:11 pm (CNA).- Writing from Rome just a few days before the Papal conclave, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston called on members of Congress to support stronger religious freedom protections in health care.“In short,” the cardinal said in a March 8 letter, “a failure to provide clear and enforceable protection for a right of conscience could undermine Americans’ access to quality health care.”“Providers of health care, … [Read more...]

Confession key to Church renewal, Cardinal Wuerl reflects

Rome, Italy, Mar 11, 2013 / 04:29 pm (CNA).- In a March 10 homily in Rome, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C. emphasized the importance of the sacrament of confession in liberating the faithful and leading them back to God.“It remains one of the great marvels of God’s love that God would make forgiveness so readily available to each of us,” Cardinal Wuerl said.“In the simple actions of contrition, confession, absolution, and satisfaction we are restored to … [Read more...]