Archive of March 12, 2013

Congress, UN petitioned for release of Iranian pastor

Mar 12, 2013 - 06:01 pm .- Efforts have intensified to free an American citizen imprisoned in Iran for his work as a Christian pastor, with religious liberty advocates appealing to both the United Nations and U.S. lawmakers.

Vatican details how new smoke signals are produced

Mar 12, 2013 - 05:19 pm .- Varying chemical compounds have replaced wet straw and pitch to produce the Vatican smoke signal that is used to communicate the result of conclave voting sessions.

Businessmen join in spiritual bouquet for cardinal electors

Mar 12, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- The Catholic Business Journal is encouraging its readers, radio audience and online subscribers to join in a spiritual bouquet to pray for the cardinal electors as they gather to choose the next Pope.

Denver archbishop laments passage of civil unions bill

Mar 12, 2013 - 01:06 pm .- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver called the Colorado legislature's passage of a civil unions bill a “regrettable move” harming families, children, and religious freedom.

Black smoke, no Pope yet

Mar 12, 2013 - 12:42 pm .- Black smoke rose from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel at 7:42 p.m. local time on March 12, signaling that the College of Cardinals has not yet come to an agreement in electing the Church's new Pope.

Cardinals will begin conclave with songs, prayers and oaths

Mar 12, 2013 - 09:25 am .- 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.

Cardinal Sodano prays for Pope generous in charity

Mar 12, 2013 - 05:45 am .- 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.

Young adult uses marathon to pursue her vocation

Mar 12, 2013 - 04:02 am .- 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.

Catholics see moral complications in drone usage

Mar 12, 2013 - 02:04 am .- 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.

Thousands sign up for Pope election text message

Mar 12, 2013 - 12:02 am .- Over 35,000 people have signed up for PopeAlarm.com, 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.

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