Archive of February 21, 2007

Archbishop Gomez urges Catholics to seek God’s healing power during Lent

Feb 21, 2007 - 07:26 pm .- Christians are called to seek reconciliation with God in spiritual preparation for Easter, Archbishop José Gomez has written in his second pastoral letter.

Chilean Bishop condemns copycat article which violates Sacramental Confession

Feb 21, 2007 - 06:20 pm .- Bishop Cristián Contreras Villarroel the Auxilary Bishop of Santiago has firmly condemned a recent article in the Chilean newspaper “Las Ultimas Noticias,” in which a journalist falsely entered the confessional, on a number of occasions.  The Bishop said the reporter’s actions, which copied a recent Italian news stunt, desecrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation and are an affront to religious sensitivities.

Conversion of the heart is at the center of Lent, Pope says

Feb 21, 2007 - 06:09 pm .- Celebrating Ash Wednesday Mass at the ancient Roman Basilica of Santa Sabina this afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that conversion of the heart lies at the center of Lent. The Holy Father said that during the Season of Lent, which starts today, Christians should focus on continually converting their hearts to God.

St. Peter Damian offered tremendous example of humility and love, Holy Father writes

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:44 am .- Made public today was a message from the Pope to Fr. Guido Innocenzo Gargano, superior of the Roman monastery of San Gregorio al Celio and to all members of the Camaldolese Order, for the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the birth St. Peter Damian, whose feast is Wednesday.

Spanish archbishop cracks down on abuse of general absolution

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:24 am .- In his pastoral letter, “Lent in Times of Trial,” Archbishop Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona has demanded that priests definitively cease from abusing the practice of general absolution “in which the confession of sins and the direct and personal reception of absolution are suppressed.”

Bishop denounces “radical laicism” that marginalizes Christianity

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:22 am .- In a letter marking the beginning of Lent, Bishop Julian Lopez Martin of Leon has denounced efforts to change the essence of the family, society, education, culture and communication through a “radical laicism” that marginalizes Christianity.

Argentinean archbishop says human rights can never be invoked as justification for taking life

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes attacked abortion and the death penalty this week, noting that there are certain rights that must always be protected, such as “human life, the supreme gift, which when it exists, can never be taken by invoking another right.”

Vietnamese police detain priest defender of religious freedom and human rights

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:11 am .- Police in the central region of Vietnam have detained Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly, a prominent defender of religious freedom and human rights, for committing “acts of instigation” and for not showing “repentance since his release” from prison.

Pope Benedict offers prayers, support for accused Polish bishop

Feb 21, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Made public today was a Letter from Benedict XVI to Stanislaw Wielgus, Archbishop Emeritus of Warsaw, Poland.  The Holy Father lauded the archbishop’s virtues, encouraged him in his suffering, and expressed his hope that Wielgus might somehow return to the service of the Church.

Italian girl suffers mental breakdown after forced abortion

Feb 21, 2007 - 10:48 am .- A 13-year-old girl is in the psychiatric unit of an Italian hospital after a forced abortion.  The girl threatened suicide after her parents and an Italian court submitted her to an abortion, against her will.

Thomas More Law Center wins in defense of pro-life demonstrators

Feb 21, 2007 - 10:34 am .- A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati, Ohio, unanimously ruled in favor of three pro-life demonstrators who were detained for three hours by police.

Ave Maria School of Law to relocate to Southwest Florida

Feb 21, 2007 - 10:20 am .- The Board of Governors of Ave Maria School of Law has voted to move the law school from its current location in Ann Arbor, Mich., to the town of Ave Maria, Fla.  The law school plans to open on a site it will share with Ave Maria University in the fall of 2009.

Lent a time of conversion, not ‘self-realization,’ Pope says

Feb 21, 2007 - 10:17 am .- Over 10,000 people crowded the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall today to meet with Pope Benedict XVI for his weekly general audience.  On this, the day when Catholics around the world celebrate Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father dedicated his catechesis to the subject of Lent.

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