Archive of April 3, 2007

Thousands of young Catholics pray at tomb of Pope John Paul II

Apr 3, 2007 - 02:07 pm .- Young Catholics from around the world gathered at the tomb of the late Pope John Paul II last night for a prayer vigil, led by Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz.  Though he has been gone for two years, the archbishop said, today John Paul II “speaks to the world through you youth, and you youth have a great responsibility.”“My hope is that you might fulfill his expectations,” the Archbishop of Krakow and longtime assistant of the beloved Pope said, “certainly he, next to the Lord, is praying for you, so that you will always be morning sentinels.”

Colombian bishops express willingness to mediate with guerrillas

Apr 3, 2007 - 11:24 am .- Responding to a request for mediation by the National Army of Liberation (ELN), the second most destructive guerrilla group in Colombia, the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia said it was willing to hold meetings with the group in Cuba or in Venezuela.

Argentinean archbishop decries media’s ignorance about apostolic exhortation on the Eucharist

Apr 3, 2007 - 11:21 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata said this week the lack of knowledge and understanding in the media about the Pope’s Apostolic Exhortation “Sacramentum Caritatis” have left people with the impression that the document boils down to nothing more than prohibiting the divorced from receiving Communion and calling for Latin in the liturgy.

Dissident analyzes leading role of Church in transition to democracy in Cuba

Apr 3, 2007 - 11:17 am .- The founder and director of the most influential Catholic think-tank in Cuba, Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, said in an interview this week that the Catholic Church is “the only institution in Cuba where there are still footprints of the civil society which otherwise has been annihilated.”  The subject of the Catholic leader’s interview was the issue of transition to democracy in Cuba and the Catholic Church’s role in that process.

Urgent call for consensus by bishops of Ecuador to avoid “destroying the country”

Apr 3, 2007 - 11:02 am .- In a statement entitled, “Let’s Not Destroy the Country,” the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador has expressed its concern over the growing political tension the country’s government and has called on all sides to come to a consensus in order “to build a new homeland.”

Cardinal Rivera reiterates “no” to abortion during Palm Sunday Mass

Apr 3, 2007 - 11:01 am .- During his homily on Palm Sunday, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, strongly defended the right of the Church to express her opinions publicly, especially regarding threats or attacks against human life.  He also called on the faithful to take action and speak out in defense of the right to life.

Newly appointed Archbishop installed for Warsaw Archdiocese

Apr 3, 2007 - 10:48 am .- In an emotion filled ceremony this weekend Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz was formally installed as the new Roman Catholic Archbishop of Warsaw.  Nycz took the helm of the archdiocese following a scandal which saw several Polish clerics admit to having succumbed to pressure to cooperate with the formerly ruling Communist regime.

Pope Names new auxiliary bishop for Diocese of Rockville Centre

Apr 3, 2007 - 10:41 am .- Pope Benedict XVI today named Monsignor Peter A. Libasci, 55, to be a new auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The Holy Father also accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Emil A. Wcela, age 75.  

Russian version of Compendium of Catholic Catechism launched

Apr 3, 2007 - 08:10 am .- The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was launched in Russian today at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Moscow.

Pro-life group renews call for Amnesty International to stay out of abortion debate

Apr 3, 2007 - 08:08 am .- Yet another pro-life organization is urging Amnesty International to stay out of the abortion debate.

Cardinal Mahony condemns assisted-suicide bill, laments decision of "Catholic" politician

Apr 3, 2007 - 08:05 am .- Cardinal Roger Mahony is urging Catholics to fight a proposed bill that would legalize assisted suicide for the terminally ill in California.

The Church must bring hope to Zimbabwe, Archbishop Ncube says

Apr 3, 2007 - 07:58 am .- Shortly after receiving an aid package for his country’s starving children, the Archbishop of Bulawayo, Pius Ncube, praised the work of Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), noting that the group has helped the Church in its mission of hope.

Pope Benedict may address parliament of European Union

Apr 3, 2007 - 07:41 am .- A source close to the governing body of the European Union has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI was extended an invitation to address a plenary session of the Parliament.  A staffer in the EU Assembly President, Hans-Gert Poettering’s office confirmed for Parliament.com that the President invited Pope Benedict during his March 23rd audience with the Holy Father.

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