Archive of March 22, 2007

Rector of Pontifical Institute denies endorsing new fictional book on “Gospel of Judas”

Mar 22, 2007 - 05:39 pm .- The fictional novel, “The Gospel of Judas,” was presented yesterday at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome (PBI).  Responding to reports in various media outlets, Jesuit Father Stephen Pisano explained that neither the Holy See, nor the Pope nor the Institute of which he is rector endorses this work of fiction.

Questions swirl after Fr. Fessio’s dismissal from Ave Maria

Mar 22, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- Confusion and unanswered questions continue to swirl around South Florida and the Church throughout the U.S. today as many wonder at the sudden firing of one of the nation’s best known Catholic figures.  Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J. was fired yesterday from his position as Provost of Ave Maria University, the promising new Catholic college, which has been finding its feet near Naples, Florida.

Bishop calls for defense of life against the “Herods and Pilates” of our times

Mar 22, 2007 - 11:29 am .- As the possible legalization of abortion looms in the Mexican capital, Bishop Mario De Gasperin of Queretaro has called on Mexicans to defend life and not to allow the Herods and Pilates of our times to slaughter the unborn.

New archbishop of Sao Paulo says Pope will travel to Brazil with message for entire continent

Mar 22, 2007 - 11:27 am .- During his first meeting with reporters after being named the new head of the Archdiocese of Sao Paulo, Bishop Odilo Pedro Scherer said Pope Benedict XVI will visit Brazil in May with a message for all of Latin America.

Pastoral health care a sign of the closeness of God and his love, Pope says

Mar 22, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Today in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care. Pope Benedict told the Pontifical Council, which is led by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, that pastoral health care is truly an important field of evangelization, intimately connected with the healing ministry of Jesus. “Health pastoral care is, in fact, an evangelical field par excellence that immediately calls to mind the work of Jesus, the Good Samaritan of humankind…Who always accompanied His preaching with the signs He worked upon the sick," the Pope said.

Cardinal Bertone: main objective of Benedict XVI is recovery of Christian identity

Mar 22, 2007 - 10:13 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said this week that “the main objective of the Magisterium and ministry of Pope Benedict is to recover the authentic Christian identity and to explain and confirm the intelligibility of the faith in the context of widespread secularism.”

Archdiocese of El Salvador commemorates anniversary of death of Archbishop Romero

Mar 22, 2007 - 09:42 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz of San Salvador announced that next Saturday, March 24, the Church in El Salvador will commemorate the 27th anniversary of the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero

MTV boss fined for airing anti-Catholic program in Lithuania

Mar 22, 2007 - 09:38 am .- Lithuania’s Radio and Television Commission voted unanimously to fine the director of MTV Networks Baltic for airing Popetown, an anti-Catholic cartoon whose humor is based on irreverence toward the Roman Catholic Church.

Don King gets front row seat for Pope’s general audience

Mar 22, 2007 - 09:33 am .- Don King was front row at Pope Benedict XVI's weekly General Audience in St. Peter’s Square yesterday. The eccentric boxing promoter told the Associated Press that he was thrilled to be there and that it offered him a deep spiritual experience. His normally wild hair was even combed down for the event.

Colorado bishops voice opposition to adoption bill

Mar 22, 2007 - 09:31 am .- Colorado’s Catholic bishops expressed their opposition to a bill that would allow the live-in partner of a single parent — either same-sex or heterosexual — to become the second legal parent of a child, without the customary legal review process required in ordinary adoptions.

Vietnam to try Catholic priest for anti-government documents

Mar 22, 2007 - 09:26 am .- A high-profile Catholic priest will go on trial March 30th on charges of disseminating materials aimed at undermining Vietnam's Communist government, reported The Associated Press.

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