Vatican: Pope Benedict is frail, but his mind remains ‘perfectly lucid’

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Although retired Pope Benedict XVI is growing more frail, there are no particular concerns or worries regarding his health, a Vatican spokesman said. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, issued a statement March 25 following an interview with Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the retired pope’s personal secretary, in which the archbishop […]

Pope names Archbishop Bernard Hebda as Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis

Pope Francis has named Archbishop Bernard Hebda, 56, archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis since June 2015 and as coadjutor archbishop of Newark since 2013. An installation Mass is  planned for May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, according to The Catholic […]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom. Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government’s so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for […]