Archive of March 2, 2007

Paraguayan bishop resubmits request for release from clerical state

Mar 2, 2007 - 04:12 pm .- Although the Holy See has already refused his request to be released from the clerical state, the former Bishop of San Pedro, Fernando Lugo, has renewed his request to the Apostolic Nuncio.

“Amazing Grace” calls us to conversion this Lent, Archbishop Chaput says

Mar 2, 2007 - 04:10 pm .- Addressing a new film focused on the traditional hymn “Amazing Grace” in his weekly column, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput pointed to the stories of profound conversation found within the movie and emphasized mankind’s need for continued conversion during the Lenten Season.The archbishop noted how the hymn, which is “known by nearly every American Christian,” was written by John Newton, a former slave trader who converted to Christianity during a storm on the Atlantic.  Newton, Chaput said, “later became one of the leading Christian evangelizers of his day in England.”

Cardinal Rivera encourages priests to respond to drug lords' threats with continued care for their people

Mar 2, 2007 - 01:32 pm .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City released a statement this week, standing by the priests of Iztapalapa who are being “warned” by drug traffickers. The Cardinal called on his priests to confront the concrete reality of drugs through pastoral work that reclaims family values and supports the region’s poor.

Fears grow in Cuba for well being of jailed pro-life dissident

Mar 2, 2007 - 01:31 pm .- Elsa Morejon, the wife of prominent pro-life activist and political prisoner Oscar Elias Biscet, has issued an urgent appeal for medical treatment for her husband and for his transferal out of the harsh conditions of the prison cell where has been held for refusing to collaborate with the Castro regime and renounce his principles.

Return to living your faith with the zeal of missionaries, Vatican tells Latinos

Mar 2, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- The Pontifical Commission for Latin America has made public its annual message for Hispanic-American Day, which is celebrated annually in the dioceses of Spain. This year the Day falls on March 4 and has as its theme: "Called to be disciples and missionaries in America."

Serbian bishop working to make real the dream of a Cathedral designated to Mother Teresa

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:46 pm .- The newly appointed Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Prizren, Bishop Dodё Gjergji, told the Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, that one of his chief goals is to fulfil the dream of his predecessor to build a Catholic Cathedral under the patronage of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

Family group denounces failure of Spanish Parliament to defend marriage

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Catalonia, Liberto Senderos, expressed regret this week that Spain’s House of Representatives has rejected a petition by more than 1 million citizens to protect marriage as a union between one man and one woman through the reform of the Civil Code.

Kentucky Senate considers pro-life bill

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:41 pm .- Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, said he is praying for the Kentucky Senate to pass a second pro-life bill that would require women seeking abortions to be informed about fetal pain and the use of anesthesia in prenatal surgeries. Fr. Pavone said he hopes the Senate will “take this small step to reduce the excruciating pain and trauma of abortion” and pass the bill.

Elderly Catholic men’s group, preparing half a million crosses for World Youth Day

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- World Youth Day has given a sense of hope and purpose to a community of senior men.The patrons of the Men's Shed at the Mary MacKillop Outreach in Lewisham, a wood-working workshop for men, are making 500,000 mini-crosses for the lead-up to the international Catholic youth pilgrimage in 2008.

Case of handicapped Spanish woman could lead to legalization of euthanasia

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- In a controversial case that confuses the right to receive disproportionate medical treatments with the legalization of euthanasia, the government of the Spanish region of Andalusia will decide in the coming days whether or not to authorize a patient with muscular dystrophy to disconnect the respirator that is keeping her alive.

Vatican delegation set for Vietnam visit

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- The Holy See’s Undersecretary of State for Relations with States, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, is making final preparations to lead a Vatican delegation on its visit to Hanoi Sunday.  The delegation’s visit is the next step in an ongoing effort to reestablish diplomatic relations between Hanoi and the Vatican. The trip comes after Vietnamese Prime Minster Nguyen Tan Dung’s January 25th visit to Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican.  Monsignor Parolin and his entourage will visit with Vietnamese officials for a full week, from Sunday, March 4th to Sunday March 11th.

Nearly 300 attend historic Illinois Catholic School’s summit

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- Illinois held its first Summit for Catholic School Education last week, drawing nearly 300 educators and five bishops.

Commission rules priest suffered discrimination, reinstates him as hospital chaplain

Mar 2, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Fr. Henry Heffernan is expected to return to work as a chaplain at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center March 15, after proving that the administration had fired him for his Catholic beliefs.

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