Archive of February 26, 2007

Think beyond "obvious" Lenten sacrifices, seek silence, Archbishop Chaput says

Feb 26, 2007 - 07:05 pm .- Speaking to the Catholic News Agency during this, the first week of Lent, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput said today that Catholics can make the most of their time of preparation for Easter by thinking past the obvious things to "give up," by offering some of their time in service, and especially by seeking times of silence.  The archbishop also noted how the interior transformations of Lent can equip Catholics to better live their faiths in the public square.

Catholic communities growing outside traditional strongholds

Feb 26, 2007 - 09:30 am .- According to a new study, the Catholic Church in the United States is growing in unusual ways. The Church is undergoing an expansion in areas that have traditionally been hostile to it — such as the Bible Belt — and experiencing a decline in areas that have been traditionally identified as strongly Catholic, such as the Northeast.

NJ parishes stress marriage in Sunday prayers

Feb 26, 2007 - 09:24 am .- Catholic parishes throughout New Jersey prayed for the preservation of the sacred institution of marriage during all Sunday liturgies. The state’s seven Catholic bishops urged parishes to focus their “Prayers of the Faithful” on the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony in light of their state’s recent legalization of same-sex civil unions.

French Monks to return to Algeria a decade after slaying

Feb 26, 2007 - 09:22 am .- A group of Trappist monks have plans to return to Algeria, following an 11-year absence, to establish a new community. The monks left the country for Morocco in 1996, after the murder of seven French Trappists during Alegeria’s bloody civil war.

Chavez is "greatest preacher" of secular State of Venezuela, says prominent priest

Feb 26, 2007 - 09:15 am .- The rector of the Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela, Father Luis Ugalde, said last week, "the greatest preacher in this secular State is its president."  The rector criticized Hugo Chavez for misusing Christianity and the figure of Jesus Christ in an effort to "legitimize himself."

Outgoing Cuban archbishop calls for reconciliation

Feb 26, 2007 - 09:03 am .- Archbishop Pedro Meurice Estiu, who has retired as Archbishop of Santiago in Cuba, called on Catholics in that country to work for reconciliation during a farewell Mass on February 18th.

Vatican cardinal says Church enlightens consciences amidst moral indifference

Feb 26, 2007 - 08:58 am .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, reinforced last week that amidst "the moral indifference that is so widespread in our days," the Magisterium of the Pope and the bishops, "as willed by God, enlightens consciences as a living teaching of the Church."

Church has right to ensure "competence" of religion teachers

Feb 26, 2007 - 08:56 am .- Spain's Constitutional Court has refused to hear a case alleging that the 1979 accord between that country and the Holy See is unconstitutional.  In so doing, the court confirms the right of the Church to require a certain standard of competence for religion teachers in the country's schools.

Right to life must be defended as fundamental, Pope says over weekend

Feb 26, 2007 - 07:16 am .- Receiving delegates of the 13th general assembly of the Pontifical Academy for Life, and an international congress entitled "Christian conscience in support of the right to life," on Saturday morning, Pope Benedict XVI firmly defended the right to life and urged participants to reawaken the natural conscience found in each human heart.

Film on 'Jesus family burial site' is just PR, says archeology expert

Feb 26, 2007 - 07:13 am .- An Israeli archeologist says a new documentary film, which claims that a burial cave uncovered 27 years ago in Talpiot, Jerusalem, is the tomb of Jesus of Nazareth and his family, is just hype.

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