New website encourages return to Confession during Lent

Atlanta, Ga., Mar 28, 2014 / 04:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The website GoodConfession.com aims to encourage Catholics to go to Confession more often, and to return to the “life-changing” sacrament if they have been away for some time. “We, as practicing Catholics, need to help our brothers and sisters back to the sacramental graces that come through Confession,” Tom Peterson, president of Catholics Come Home, told CNA March 26. “When we do, the results are … [Read more...]

Cardinal Burke stresses Catholic media’s ‘supreme importance’

Rome, Italy, Mar 28, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Cardinal Raymond Burke has praised the work of Catholic media, noting its importance in forming a pro-life culture that respects religious freedom and the nature of marriage. “The culture of death advances, in large part, because of a lack of attention and information among the general public. What is more, the thoroughly galvanized anti-life and anti-family agenda of the pervasive secular mass media confuses and corrupts minds and hearts, … [Read more...]

Joy of forgiving, being forgiven are ‘united’ in confessional

Vatican City, Mar 28, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, said sinners should not be afraid of the Sacrament of Confession because in the confessional “the joy of forgiving and the joy of being forgiven are united.” The Apostolic Penitentiary is the tribunal of the Roman Curia that deals with the internal forum – matters of Confession and spiritual direction – and with indulgences. Cardinal Piacenza told … [Read more...]

Pope urges lawmakers to embrace faith over ‘theology of duty’

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 05:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Saying Mass for some 500 Italian parliamentarians Thursday, Pope Francis warned them of the corruption of the heart, imploring them not to slip from the theology of faith to a theology of duty. Describing the religious leaders whom Christ encountered, Pope Francis said March 27, “they resisted the salvation of the Lord’s love, and thus slipped away from the faith, from a theology of faith to a theology of … [Read more...]

Congressmen support legal challenges to HHS mandate

Washington D.C., Mar 27, 2014 / 02:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life members of the House of Representatives spoke out in support of the Green and Hahn families after they argued in front of the Supreme Court in defense of their religious liberty rights. "To tell people that their conscience is irrelevant and that they must follow the federal government’s conscience rather than their own is completely antithetical to the American principle of freedom of religion and the First … [Read more...]

British paper suspends writer who looked forward to Benedict’s death

London, England, Mar 27, 2014 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, has suspended its Rome correspondent Robert Mickens after he publicly referred to Benedict XVI as “the Rat” and anticipated his death. In a March 2 Facebook post about Cardinal Loris Francesco Capovilla, who was Pope John XXIII's secretary and was elevated to the red Feb. 22, Mickens wrote: “This should have happened a LONG time ago. Do you think he'll make it to the … [Read more...]

Obama meets with Pope at time of ‘tense’ relations with Church

Vatican City, Mar 27, 2014 / 11:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- U.S. President Barack Obama’s March 27 meeting with Pope Francis comes at a time of tension between his administration and the Church over religious liberty, several Catholic leaders have said. “There has been a great deal of acrimony over issues related to religious freedom. This is something new and quite serious, since it affects the ability of the Church to carry out its mission,” V. Bradley Lewis, a philosophy … [Read more...]


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