Archive of April 9, 2007

We must spread the news of Christ’s resurrection to the world without fear, Pope says

Apr 9, 2007 - 01:52 pm .- Today, at midday, Pope Benedict XVI marked Easter Monday with the praying of the Regina Coeli, the Marian prayer which replaces the Angelus during the Easter Season.  Speaking from his balcony at Castelgandolfo, the Pope reminded the faithful that those who have encountered the resurrected Christ and who believe, have nothing to fear. After presiding over Easter Morning Mass yesterday in St. Peter’s Square and following a long week of liturgies and prayers, the Holy Father departed for the Papal retreat in the small village near Rome.  He will remain at Castelgandolfo until Saturday.

Beijing to receive advance copy of letter from Benedict XVI to Chinese Catholics

Apr 9, 2007 - 10:17 am .- The South China Morning Post reported this Saturday that the Beijing government will receive a copy of Pope Benedict XVI’s letter to Chinese Catholics five days before it is released to the general public.

Bishop calls on Venezuelans to come together in unity

Apr 9, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Bishop Emeritus Ramon Ovidio Perez Morales of Los Teques has called on Venezuelans to seek unity and fraternity, saying the country is “divided and broken,” and he said that the Christ himself made the same plea from the cross and not from the comfort of “a hammock.”

Priest killed in Philippines was willing to give his life for the Gospel

Apr 9, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Father Fransiskus Madhu, a missionary of the Society of the Divine Word who was killed in April 1st in the Philippines and who was one of the youngest priests in the country, was aware of the risks of his missionary work and was willing to give his life for the Gospel, according to statements to reporters by his closest friends.

Holy See confirms, Pope sent letter to Iran asking for release of detained British soldiers

Apr 9, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed on Saturday that Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Jamenei of Iran asking for the release of the 15 British soldiers detained by Iran in March.

Catholic League defends Cardinal Mahoney’s right to speak on moral issues

Apr 9, 2007 - 09:44 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue has come to the defense of Cardinal Roger Mahony, after the Cardinal was criticized in the Los Angeles Times last week for criticizing a Catholic politician who supports doctor-assisted suicide.

Bishops’ Easter messaged warns of mass uprising if Mugabe remains in power

Apr 9, 2007 - 09:33 am .- Zimbabwe’s nine Roman Catholic bishops issued a pastoral letter on Easter Sunday that calls on President Robert Mugabe to end oppression and to leave office or face a mass revolt.

Cardinal Rigali urges Senate to reject stem cell legislation

Apr 9, 2007 - 09:25 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali has urged U.S. senators to reject legislation (S. 5), which would allow federal funding for stem cell research, including stem cells derived from the destruction of embryos. Senators are expected to vote on the bill this week.

Cardinal George released from hospital after fall

Apr 9, 2007 - 09:15 am .- Cardinal Francis George was released from the hospital on Easter Sunday, one day after slipping on the marble church floor at St. Ferdinand's Church and fracturing his hip.

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