Archive of April 17, 2007

Vatican spokesman says fathers of the Church, centrality of the liturgy essential elements of Benedict XVI’s pontificate

Apr 17, 2007 - 10:58 am .- On the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said this week there are two issues of profound concern to Pope Benedict XVI: the continual reference to the fathers of the Church and the constant explication and living of the Sacred Liturgy.

Spanish cardinal slams ideologies “that seek to wrench God from heart of man”

Apr 17, 2007 - 10:56 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo and Vice President of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares has renewed his opposition to the course Education for Citizenship which Spanish law is requiring be taught in schools next fall saying, “We are risking a lot with these ideologies that seek to wrench the vision of the creator God from the heart of man.”

Experts from five continents to gather at the World Congress of Families

Apr 17, 2007 - 10:53 am .- Organizers of the IV World Congress of Families, which will be held May 11-13 in Warsaw, have published the roster of guests who will be speaking at the event.

False Catholics scandalized by term “murder” but still support it, Mexican archdiocese states

Apr 17, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar Romero, criticized the group “Catholics for a Free Choice” for its hypocrisy for claiming to be scandalized “when we mention the term murder when describing what takes place during an abortion,” and he said that the group wants to act like “victims only because the Catholic Church preaches the truth in saying that abortion” is killing an innocent being.

Pope Benedict prays that God will send consolation and spiritual strength to all involved in Virginia Tech killings

Apr 17, 2007 - 10:30 am .- The Vatican made public this morning a message from Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI.  The Holy Father has assured Richmond Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of his “heartfelt prayers” for all the victims, their families, and the Virginia Tech community. “Deeply saddened by the news of the shooting at Virginia Tech,” the statement begins, “His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has asked me to convey the assurance of his heartfelt prayers for the victims, their families and for the entire school community.”

Pope to visit tomb of St. Augustine

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:54 am .- On Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 23, the Holy Father will make a pastoral visit to the Italian dioceses of Vigevano and Pavia, for the 750th anniversary of the Bull "Licet Ecclesiae Catholicae" with which Pope Alexander IV unified the various groups following the Augustinian rule into one great Order.

Los Angeles to host Rosary Bowl

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Families from across the country and as far away as the Philippines are expected to attend the Rosary Bowl in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles May 19.

EWTN to hold Family Celebration this summer

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:45 am .- The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will hold a Family Celebration this summer.

Pope praises power of music to raise gaze of man to “absolute Good and Beauty”

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:38 am .- The Church’s celebration of Pope Benedict XVI’s 80th birthday concluded yesterday with a concert in his honor.  The Holy Father thanked the various performers and those present and thanked God for the gift of music.  Music, the Pope said helps us praise God, who is “the ultimate source” of the Good and the Beautiful.

Archbishop reconsiders, attends Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:23 am .- Archbishop Antonio Franco, the Papal Nuncio to Israel, reversed his earlier decision and attended a Holocaust memorial service on Sunday, marking the beginning of Israel's annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Virginia bishop offers love and prayers following Virginia Tech massacre

Apr 17, 2007 - 09:05 am .- Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo, whose flock includes the faithful at Virginia Tech University, issued a short statement Monday morning lamenting the tragic shootings which left at least 32 dead and dozens of others injured yesterday.

U.S. bishops express solidarity with Zimbabwean people

Apr 17, 2007 - 08:41 am .- The U.S. bishops have issued a letter lending their support to the bishops of Zimbabwe, who are leading the Zimbabwean people through a growing political, economic and humanitarian crisis

Children, parents crowd Montreal Cathedral for visit with bishop

Apr 17, 2007 - 08:36 am .- More than 1,500 people - children preparing for the sacrament of confirmation, and their families - crammed into Montreal’s Mary Queen of the World Cathedral March 25 for a visit with the bishop.

Scottish bishops ask faithful to vote for parliament members who share Christian values

Apr 17, 2007 - 08:23 am .- The Scottish bishops have written a letter to the voters of their dioceses, who are going to elect a new Parliament on May 3rd, asking them to question the nominees on some key issues of Catholic morality, such as the family, the schools, the right to life, and religious freedom.

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