Archive of August 7, 2007

Arturo Mari shares memories of 51 years as papal photographer

Aug 7, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- Arturo Mari, who spent 51 years photographing the diverse episodes of the lives of the popes, has begun sharing his first memories of his long career after his recent retirement.

Cuban bishop says more pastoral visits to prisons will be made

Aug 7, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- Bishop Domingo Oropesa of Cienfuegos announced this week the Church in Cuba would increase the number of pastoral visits to prisons.

Chavez says Catholic hierarchy defends immorality and attacks the truth

Aug 7, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez continued his attacks on the bishops of the country this week, calling them “frantic defenders of the past, of injustice, immorality, and the powerful,” and claiming they are “shamefully attacking the truth.”

Archbishop Oscar Romero; A martyr for religion or politics?

Aug 7, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- Archbishop Oscar Romero was quoted telling the reporters of El Salvador, “You can tell the people that if they succeed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish."  

Renowned priest forgives those who accused him of “sexual abuse”

Aug 7, 2007 - 12:04 pm .- Popular Italian priest Fr. Pierino Gelmini, 82, said this week he forgives the drug addicts who were expelled from his institution and accused him of “sexual abuse” as a way to take revenge and demand money from him.

Cardinal Bertone convenes K of C convention, promises to personally push for founder's canonization

Aug 7, 2007 - 11:54 am .- In his first trip to the United States as the Secretary of State for the Vatican, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone opened the Knight of Columbus 125th annual convention with a solemn Latin Mass. During his homily, Cardinal Bertone announced that he would personally push for the canonization of their founder, Fr. Michael McGivney.The Mass, which was celebrated in Latin according to the new rite, included over 100 bishops and cardinals. The opening liturgy also included a choir accompanied by an orchestral arrangement.

Condemnation for slanted media coverage of American priest's murder in Mexico

Aug 7, 2007 - 11:42 am .- Church officials in Mexico, thousands of faithful, and the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, have strongly condemned the media coverage of the death of American missionary Fr. Richard Junius Sander who was killed on July 29 for denouncing a nearby popular club frequented by young people.

US bishops launch new marriage resource website

Aug 7, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops recently launched a website designed to promote healthy marriages among couples of all faiths. The site features daily marriage tips, information on conflict resolution, communication, intimacy, parenting, and financial concerns. Visitors also can view stories and advice from married couples.

Montreal cardinal urges end to Catholic cemetery strike

Aug 7, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte of Montreal has urged both sides in the two-month-old strike at Canada's largest Catholic cemetery to come to a speedy resolution.

San Diego firefighters say superiors forced them to ride in gay parade

Aug 7, 2007 - 10:59 am .- SAN DIEGO — Four San Diego firefighters are filing legal claims against the City of San Diego after their superiors forced them to participate in the July 21 San Diego Gay Pride Parade, in full uniform and on their city fire truck.   In the past, firefighters who attended the parade generally did so on a volunteer basis. When the four firefighters protested, their superiors told them they must ride in the parade or face disciplinary action, reported the California Catholic Daily.

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