Archive of March 28, 2007

Work is path to holiness, recalls president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity

Mar 28, 2007 - 06:28 pm .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, said this week that “in the life of the Christian, work becomes a path to sanctity, a school of sanctity.  And all this is not a utopia, but rather a treasure we should be committed to seeking out every day.”

Italian bishops to legislators: Legalization of civil unions “unacceptable” and “dangerous”

Mar 28, 2007 - 06:09 pm .- The Permanent Council of the Italian Bishops Conference, led by new president Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, has sent a firm message to members of the Italian Legislature – voting for the legalization of civil unions, which would pave the way for legalized homosexual “marriage,” is not compatible with the Catholic faith and is dangerous to society. The Italian legislature is in the process of considering a proposal known as the Dico Bill which would provide legal recognition, equal to marriage, for any cohabiting couples, those couples which are homosexual.

Elderly nuns attacked, killed in their home in Iraq

Mar 28, 2007 - 01:25 pm .- Two octogenarian Chaldean Catholic religious sisters are being mourned after being attacked in their home in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk.

Holy See “disappointed” after Israeli delegation cancels meeting

Mar 28, 2007 - 01:13 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See released a brief statement expressing its regret after the Israeli delegation to the Vatican’s Permanent Bilateral Working Commission suddenly cancelled its participation in a meeting which was scheduled to take place on Thursday.  The Israeli delegation said it was unable to attend due to “the current international political situation.”

Dublin Archbishop calls Northern Ireland agreement “a new hope”

Mar 28, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Speaking to the Religious Information Service of Italy, Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin praised a new power-sharing agreement between leaders of the Catholic and Protestant parties of Northern Ireland as a new hope for all of Ireland.

Authentic teaching of Christ is imparted by way of the bishops, Holy Father reminds

Mar 28, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Addressing the more than 20,000 people crowded into St. Peter’s Square for today’s General Audience, Pope Benedict continued his catechesis on Saints of the early Church, turning today to St. Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons and "the first great theologian of the Church."  The Holy Father recalled that this great fighter of heresy, who was born in Smyrna in the second century, is a reminder that the true teaching of Christ continues to be imparted by the bishops, who themselves received it from the Apostles, and is readily available to all the faithful.  Irenaeus was a disciple of Bishop Polycarp, who had known St. John the Evangelist. Moving to Gaul, he became one of the priests of the young Christian community of Lyons and, having been sent on a mission to Rome, managed to escape the persecution of Marcus Aurelius in which his predecessor, Bishop Pothinus, was martyred.

Nun reportedly cured through intercession of John Paul the Great to be in Rome next week

Mar 28, 2007 - 09:26 am .- The French nun who says she was cured of Parkinson's after she and her community prayed for the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II, will be in Rome on Monday, the Associated Press has reported.

Florida bishop slammed for inaction by brother of Terry Schiavo

Mar 28, 2007 - 09:20 am .- Terry Schiavo's brother has written an open letter to Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg, Florida, rebuking the prelate for his refusal to help save Schiavo.

Georgia school district perpetuating anti-Catholic attitude, Donohue says

Mar 28, 2007 - 09:04 am .- Catholic League President Bill Donohue is writing to Georgia’s State Superintendent of Schools, asking her to investigate a matter related to a substitute teacher who harassed a high school student for demonstrating a symbol of faith.

Film premiere attracts Major League Baseball’s biggest stars

Mar 28, 2007 - 09:01 am .- The Arizona Desert set the stage Sunday night for the World Premiere of a breathtaking new film featuring some of the biggest stars in Major League Baseball. Champions of Faith: Baseball is a stunning one-hour sports documentary, which depicts America’s favorite pastime as a metaphor for life.

Argentinean politicians reject Health Minister’s bid for congressional sea

Mar 28, 2007 - 08:26 am .- Representatives of various political parties in Argentina have criticized the congressional candidacy of the country’s Health Minister, Gines Gonzalez Garcia, due to his promotion of the culture of death, support for the widespread distribution of the morning after pill, and the legalization of abortion in the country.

Puerto Rican Catholics demand legal defense of traditional marriage

Mar 28, 2007 - 08:25 am .- More than 10,000 Catholics gather last weekend in front of the Capitol building in San Juan to demand the Puerto Rican Congress defend marriage between one man and one woman.

Catechesis, clergy discipline, vocations urgent challenges facing Church in Italy says Cardinal Bertone

Mar 28, 2007 - 08:08 am .- In a letter to the new president of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the urgent pastoral needs in Italy have to do with the evangelization of young people and adults, as well as with clergy discipline and a renewed promotion of priestly vocations.

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