Archive of January 16, 2008

Long-serving German bishops’ conference head resigns

Jan 16, 2008 - 11:33 pm .- Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of Germany’s Catholic Bishops Conference, has announced his resignation as chairman of the conference for reasons of health, the Associated Press reports.

Young evangelizers to take to the streets in Spanish diocese

Jan 16, 2008 - 10:01 pm .- The Diocese of Cartagena (Spain) is preparing more than 150 young Catholics to take to the streets to share the Gospel with their contemporaries.

Laity in Madrid call on government to respect freedom of religion and of expression

Jan 16, 2008 - 08:28 pm .- In the wake of the pro-family demonstration of December 30 organized by lay diocesan movements in the Spanish capital, the Council of Laity of Madrid has called on Spanish government officials to respect the rights of religious freedom and freedom of expression.

U.S. birth rate spikes in 2006 creating “boomlet”

Jan 16, 2008 - 07:42 pm .- Recent studies show that more babies were born in the United States in 2006 than in any year since 1961. Figures for 2006 indicate that 4.3 million children were born to mothers, creating a baby boomlet, the Associated Press reports.

Schedule for the Pauline year to be released next Monday

Jan 16, 2008 - 05:54 pm .- On Monday January 21, the Holy See’s press office will release the schedule of activities for the Pauline year, convened by Pope Benedict XVI to mark the 2000th anniversary of the birth of St. Paul and which will run June 28, 2008 through June 29, 2009.

Cardinal Shönborn: European crisis result of inability to recognize the truth

Jan 16, 2008 - 05:42 pm .- The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said this week that the “intellectual crisis of Europe” is the result of an “incapability of recognizing the truth.”

The Pope's speech that a minority of students rejected

Jan 16, 2008 - 03:00 pm .- The disclosure of the Pope's speech that he intended to give at La Sapienza, brings with it an ironic twist. The students who were protesting his presence claimed that he had nothing to say to a secular institution, and yet, his speech was on that very topic.

Benedict XVI prays for “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity”

Jan 16, 2008 - 01:05 pm .- At the conclusion of the General Audience today, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that January 18 begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the theme of which this year is St. Paul’s invitation to the Thessalonians: Pray without ceasing.”

Christians do not despair in difficulty but help those in need, says the Pope

Jan 16, 2008 - 12:14 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI today continued his catechesis on St. Augustine, the fifth century saint whose writings express a passion and deep love for God that have led countless people reject despair and turn to help those in need.

Cardinal Ruini calls on faithful to show support for Holy Father this Sunday

Jan 16, 2008 - 11:24 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, has called on the faithful to gather this Sunday in St. Peter’s Square during the recitation of the Angelus to show their support for Pope Benedict XVI after his visit to La Sapienza University in Rome was cancelled amid protests from students and faculty.

Bishop of Belleville purchased vestments with mission money

Jan 16, 2008 - 06:25 am .- Priests of the Diocese of Belleville are seeking an explanation from their bishop after he reportedly bought liturgical vestments with donations marked for a Vatican world outreach fund, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hindu, Muslim and Jewish leaders bless Catholic high school students

Jan 16, 2008 - 04:02 am .- An interfaith prayer service at a prominent Nevada Catholic high school brought together leaders from different denominations and religions to bless the students. While at the high school’s chapel, Bishop Randolph Calvo of Reno took the opportunity to bless the recently installed Episcopal bishop, Rt. Reverend Dan Thomas Edwards in preparation for his ministry.

Kerala Catholics regain control of newspaper from Muslim businessman

Jan 16, 2008 - 01:28 am .- The Catholic Church in the southern India state of Kerala has regained ownership of a 120-year-old local newspaper from a Muslim businessman, UCA News reports.

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