Archive of April 16, 2007

Christ brings mercy and peace, Holy Father recalls on Divine Mercy Sunday

Apr 16, 2007 - 10:56 am .- Sunday, thousands of pilgrims flocked to St. Peter's square on a hot April day to hear the Holy Father speak at his weekly Regina Caeli address. The Pope drew attention to the importance of this first Sunday after Easter, reminding those present that it "is traditionally called White Sunday."

Pope Benedict celebrates birthday, gives thanks to God for His Mercy

Apr 16, 2007 - 10:45 am .- On the eve of his 80th birthday, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with 60 Cardinals, Bishops and Archbishops, and the Metropolitan of Pergamo, sent by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Sunday in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Following the proclamation of the Gospel, The Holy Father gave a short homily. Beginning with a brief history of "White Sunday," the Pope reminded those present that "on this day, the Neophytes of the Paschal Vigil would put on their white clothes again as a symbol of the light that the Lord had given them in Baptism."  Recently, however, John Paul II "wanted this Sunday to be celebrated as the Feast of Divine Mercy."

Founding bishop of Catholic magazine in Cuba hopeful closing will be temporary

Apr 16, 2007 - 10:11 am .- In statements to the website, Bishop Emeritus Jose Siro Gonzalez of Pinar del Rio and founder of the Catholic magazine “Vitral” expressed his hope that the closing of the publication would be temporary, and he explained that the lack of resources on the island is real.

Pius XII saved thousands of Jews, “black legend” spread by the Soviets

Apr 16, 2007 - 10:08 am .- Italian historian and professor Gian Maria Van of the Sapienza University of Rome said the “black legend,” which claims that Pope Pius XII did not help the Jews during World War II, was originally spread by the Soviets during the years of the conflict.

Judge approves priest-abuse settlement in Portland

Apr 16, 2007 - 09:34 am .- The Archdiocese of Portland’s $75-million settlement plan for about 175 alleged victims of abuse was approved by a judge on Friday.

Lay Catholic-Jewish conference intended to intensify community relations

Apr 16, 2007 - 09:32 am .- Lay Catholics and Jews will meet at the Vatican for a five-day conference aimed at intensifying relations between the two faith groups and developing increased local activities on humanitarian issues. The conference will run from Oct. 21 to 25. Representatives from 20 or more U.S. cities are expected to participate.

Catholics urge Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform

Apr 16, 2007 - 09:28 am .- Catholics from across the country will visit Capitol Hill this week and urge lawmakers to pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with proposals presented by the U.S. bishops.

Bishops lead Zimbabwe prayer meetings, renew calls for change

Apr 16, 2007 - 09:26 am .- Catholics in Zimbabwe, supported by Archbishop Pius Ncube and other prelates, have helped to organize two prayer meetings this past week. The meetings, held in Catholic churches, were organized to express opposition to the government of President Robert Mugabe, which has been under fire for its human rights abuses.

Pope to meet with President Bush and Iranian President Mohamed Jatami

Apr 16, 2007 - 08:53 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed this week that Pope Benedict XVI will meet with US President George W. Bush on June 9th or 10th and with the former president of Iran, Mohamed Jatami, on May 4th.

Cardinal Bertone discusses Pope’s “profound” reflection on Christ

Apr 16, 2007 - 08:46 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said that in his new book “Jesus of Nazareth,” Pope Benedict XVI offers a profound look at Christ’s friendship with a suffering humanity in search of the eternal.

Pope holds surprise meeting with Roman Curia

Apr 16, 2007 - 08:38 am .- In what could be a sign of an important upcoming announcement, Pope Benedict XVI convened a surprise meeting on Saturday with the leaders of the Roman Curia.

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