Archive of April 13, 2007

Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop of Washington call Catholics to bold presence in public square

Apr 13, 2007 - 06:37 pm .- During the 4th National Catholic Prayer breakfast, both the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, and the Archbishop of Washington DC, Donald Wuerl, stressed the need to bring a strong Catholic witness to the public square.

Renewing the U.S. involves religious organizations, respect for life, President Bush tells Catholic Prayer Breakfast

Apr 13, 2007 - 02:51 pm .- United States’ President George W. Bush spoke this morning at the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, at Washington’s Hilton Hotel, telling the crowd of Catholic faithful that the “promise of America” is in need of renewal and that such a renewal will come through a greater respect for human life and an active hand from religious groups.“Our Declaration of Independence states that our freedom rests on self-evident truths about the dignity of the human person,” the president said. “Throughout our nation's history, Catholic Americans have embraced, sustained, and given their lives to defend these truths.”“This morning, we give thanks for the blessings of freedom, and we ask Almighty God to guide us as we renew our founding promise of liberty and justice for all.”“Renewing the promise of America,” Bush said, “begins with upholding the dignity of human life.”

Germans, Austrians make plans for celebration of Pope’s Birthday

Apr 13, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Catholics and non-Catholics alike are working together to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming birthday.  Throughout Germany and Austria, plans are underway for concerts and Masses, as well as special charity funds and even a set of commemorative stamps.

Pope’s 80th birthday: “A particularly happy day,” says Cardinal Ruini

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:55 am .- In a letter the faithful of Rome regarding the celebration of the Pope’s 80th birthday and the second anniversary of his pontificate, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, said the Pope’s birthday would be “a particularly happy day in which we will thank the Lord for the gift of our bishop and Pope Benedict XVI.”

Benedict’s new book to follow, “the Pope’s path towards Jesus”

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:33 am .- The Italian publishing house, Rizzoli, has released an extensive press release and synopsis of Pope Benedict’s new book, "Jesus of Nazareth."   The book is to go on sale in Italian, German, and Polish bookshops starting Monday, April 16, which is also the Pope's 80th birthday. The volume, 448 pages long, is to be translated into 20 languages, and will be available in English starting May 15th.

Abortion proponents subject to defamation lawsuits, says Catholic lawyer in Mexico

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:19 am .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico, Armando Martinez, said this week the director of Catholics for a Free Choice, Consuelo Mejia, could be subject to a civil lawsuit for moral harm, calumny, and defamation if she does not provide proof for every accusation she has made against Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico and his spokesman, Father Hugo Valdemar.

More than a million people expected to join Pope in Brazil

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:11 am .- One of the hosts of Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming visit to Brazil, Archbishop Odilo Scherer, said this more than one million people are expected to attend the Masses which the Pope will celebrate.

Brazilian bishops: Right to life not subject to referendum

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, Archbishop Odilo, said this week the country’s bishops reject a government proposal to hold a referendum on whether or not to legalize abortion in the country.

Scholars revise conclusions about ‘Jesus family tomb’

Apr 13, 2007 - 11:03 am .- Several prominent scholars, who were featured in interviews in the controversial documentary Lost Tomb of Jesus, have now revised their statements, reported The Jerusalem Post.

Federal bankruptcy judge orders external audit of San Diego diocese accounts

Apr 13, 2007 - 10:49 am .- A federal bankruptcy judge ordered an external audit of the Diocese of San Diego amid accusations Church leaders are trying to hide assets to avoid payment to sex abuse victims, reported The Associated Press.

Indiana Catholic Church fire determined to be arson

Apr 13, 2007 - 10:45 am .- The fire that destroyed St. Anne Catholic Church in New Castle in eastern Indiana, was arson, authorities said on Tuesday.

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