Archive of January 25, 2008

Sunday Mass not enough to be a good Christian, says Argentinean bishop

Jan 25, 2008 - 08:55 pm .- Bishop Ruben Oscar Frassia of Avellaneda Lanus, Argentina said this week that mere attendance at Sunday Mass is not enough to be a good Christian in today’s world.

Cardinal Schönborn recalls days as student of the Pope

Jan 25, 2008 - 06:41 pm .- The Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn, gave a DVD to Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday containing a summary by Austrian National Radio of his visit to Austria last September and recalling the years the cardinal spent as a student of then Professor Ratzinger.

Suspect arrested in robbery of revered Argentinean bishop's incorrupt heart

Jan 25, 2008 - 04:20 pm .- Police in the Argentinean city of Catamarca detained a suspect Wednesday who they believed may have stolen the incorrupt heart of Friar Mamerto Esquiu from an urn kept at the Convent of St. Francis in that city.

Jesuits are not in opposition to the Vatican, new Superior General says

Jan 25, 2008 - 01:35 pm .- At his first official meeting with the press, Fr. Adolfo Nicolas S.J., the new Superior General of the Society of Jesus, strongly denied any contradiction between the Jesuits and the Vatican.

Catholic prayer vigil turns into clash with Vietnamese police

Jan 25, 2008 - 12:48 pm .- Thousands of Catholics gathered in the streets of Hanoi to show their opposition to the government’s refusal to hand over buildings that originally belonged to the Catholic Church of Vietnam.  In protests today, some 2,000 Catholics marched from St. Joseph’s Cathedral to the building that was once the Vatican embassy.

The Church law “makes us free to follow Jesus”, explains Benedict XVI

Jan 25, 2008 - 10:52 am .- Around noon today, Pope Benedict spoke to the participants of a conference being held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Code of Canon Law, telling them that they must show people that the Church’s law “makes us free to follow Jesus.”

Pope points to importance of thanking God for greater unity between Christians

Jan 25, 2008 - 10:45 am .- Benedict XVI welcomed members of the World Council of Churches and a delegation of Catholics at the Vatican today, thanking them for their work towards achieving Christian unity.  

Churches urge end to Kenyan violence

Jan 25, 2008 - 08:31 am .- Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan was scheduled to start a mediation mission in Kenya, even as violence flared once more, Vatican Radio reports.

Worldwide Divine Mercy Congress to be held on anniversary of John Paul II’s death

Jan 25, 2008 - 06:09 am .- On Thursday January 31, at the Holy See’s press office, the Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, will announce the details of the first World Apostolic Congress on Divine Mercy, which will coincide with the anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II.

Wisconsin forces Catholic hospitals to dispense “emergency contraception”

Jan 25, 2008 - 04:23 am .- The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed legislation mandating that all Wisconsin hospitals, including religiously-affiliated hospitals, must inform any self-described victim of sexual assault of “emergency contraception” and must provide it upon her request.

Vietnamese Catholics continue pressuring government over stolen property

Jan 25, 2008 - 03:01 am .- The Vietnamese government continues to face petitions from Catholics over properties confiscated by the government after 1954, the Associated Press reports. 

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