Archive of April 24, 2007

Iraq without its Christian citizens would be a disaster, Kirkuk Archbishop says

Apr 24, 2007 - 04:30 pm .- Responding to the latest in a series of terrorist attack against the Christian communities in Iraq, Monday, the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Kirkuk made an appeal for reconciliation in the country and noted the tremendous contributions Iraqi Christians have made in their country’s history.

Holy Father holds audience with Abbas

Apr 24, 2007 - 03:33 pm .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI received in audience Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen), president of the Palestinian Authority.  The two conducted a short dialogue regarding the ongoing Palestinian-Israeli peace process, as well as difficulties faced by Catholics in the region.

Pope Benedict to ordain 22 new priests for Rome Diocese

Apr 24, 2007 - 03:21 pm .- On Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter and the day on which the Catholic Church celebrates the 44th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, Pope Benedict XVI will accept several new men into the sharing of his priestly ministry to the Church of Rome.

Bishop Nienstedt in line to take Saint Paul-Minneapolis post

Apr 24, 2007 - 12:35 pm .- Today Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop John C. Nienstedt as Coadjutor Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis. According to a press release from the Diocese of New Ulm, Archbishop Harry Flynn has indicated that he intends to invite the new coadjutor archbishop to share full leadership of the archdiocese.

Communion within the Church essential for flourishing of vocations, Pope Benedict writes

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See made public today Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the upcoming World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which falls on Sunday, April 29th.  The Holy Father referred to the theme of this year’s 44th Day of Prayer – “The vocation to the service of the Church as communion” – emphasizing the key role communion plays in the flourishing of vocations. “Thanks to the work of the Holy Spirit,” Pope Benedict said, “all the members of the Church form ‘one body and one spirit’ in Christ. This people, organically structured under the guidance of its Pastors, lives the mystery of communion with God and with the brethren, especially when it gathers for the Eucharist.”

Filipino Cardinal calls for virtue in politics

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:39 am .- A good politician is a person who loves and respects God and is ready to sacrifice personal, group or party interests for the sake of national unity, peace and progress, said Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, archbishop of Manila, in a pastoral letter issued in view of parliamentary elections May 14.

Education for Citizenship leads to totalitarianism, says Spanish Cardinal

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:35 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, warned this week the government sponsored educational course “Education for Citizenship” “is leading us to totalitarianism” and is “incompatible with the identity of Catholic schools.”

Bishops deeply concerned about president’s immigration reform proposals

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:34 am .- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) migration committee has warned that the Bush Administration’s recent immigration reform proposals would be harmful to immigrants.

Government decries judicial ruling ordering arrest of Colombian archbishop

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:33 am .- The Minister of the Interior and of Justice in Colombia, Carlos Holguin, has criticized the ruling of an appeals court judge ordering the detention for three days of Archbishop Fabio Betancur of Manizales, saying the ruling does not respect international accords, such as those between the Holy See and Colombia.

Pilgrimage-marathon in Holy Land to link Bethlehem and Jerusalem

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:30 am .- On Monday the fourth marathon-pilgrimage linking Nativity Square in Bethlehem with the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem began, with this year’s pilgrimage dedicated to John Paul II.

Catholic Church supports recovering Muslim community

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:28 am .- The Catholic Church in the United States has expressed its solidarity with the Muslim community of Tampa, whose mosque was destroyed by arson nearly two weeks ago.

German archbishop: “Christians cannot be second or third class citizens

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:26 am .- In response to the killing of three Christians, including one German, in the Turkish city of Malatya last week, Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg said Christians, who are a minority in Turkey, “cannot be second or third-class citizens.”

Fidelis condemns anti-Catholic attack on Supreme Court justices

Apr 24, 2007 - 11:21 am .- The Catholic nonprofit organization Fidelis has condemned the editorial cartoon published in the April 20 edition of the Philadelphia Inquirer entitled “Church and State.”

Cardinal Rivera thanks Pope for “paternal concern” over anti-life threat

Apr 24, 2007 - 10:57 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has sent a letter of thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his “paternal concern” over a new law that will legalize abortion in the Mexican capital and the passage of which is “imminent.”

Catholic leaders call for U.S. support in Africa

Apr 24, 2007 - 10:07 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has invited all dioceses in the country to help support the rapidly growing Catholic population in Africa by contributing to a Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.

All of society can benefit from promotion of the dignity of women, Vatican official says

Apr 24, 2007 - 08:40 am .- Made public today was the text of a talk delivered by Msgr. Franco Follo before the executive council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), on April 20.

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