Archive of February 11, 2008

Lourdes celebrates 150th anniversary of Marian apparition

Feb 11, 2008 - 10:20 pm .- Fifty five thousand pilgrims turned out in the southwestern French town of Lourdes on Monday to mark the 150 anniversary of the Virgin Mary appearing to St. Bernadette Soubirous, who was 14 years old at the time.

Venezuelan bishops to meet in response to crisis gripping the country

Feb 11, 2008 - 09:19 pm .- The bishops of Venezuela will meet this week to discuss the deteriorating situation in their country, which is enduring a food supply crisis resulting from a court ruling against the state oil company PDVSA.

De-Christianization of Europe is reversible, says Cardinal Tauran

Feb 11, 2008 - 05:07 pm .- During a speech at the Saint-Louis of France cultural center in Rome, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, said that the de-Christianization of Europe is dramatic and accelerated, but it is not irreversible.

Dissident talks about political transition in Cuba

Feb 11, 2008 - 05:03 pm .- In response to statement by popular singer Silvio Rodriguez that political transition is taking place in Cuba, the president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, said changes on the island can only be considered to be taking place when there is true respect for human rights.

The family is key to the economy, says Spanish cardinal

Feb 11, 2008 - 03:40 pm .- In his weekly pastoral letter, the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, again defended the family and said Catholics should vote in the upcoming elections for those who defend it and strengthen it.

What the Pope really said about Hell

Feb 11, 2008 - 01:46 pm .- At Pope Benedict XVI’s question and answer session with priests from his diocese last Thursday, one cleric told the Pope he was concerned that the catechism of the Italian bishops’ conference never mentions hell or purgatory, and speaks of heaven only once.  “With these essential parts of the creed missing,” the priest asked, “doesn’t it seem to you that the redemption of Christ falls apart?”

Vatican’s decline of new Argentinean ambassador leads to changes

Feb 11, 2008 - 12:12 pm .- The Argentinean press reported last week that the reason for the Vatican declining to give official approval for the country’s newly named Ambassador to the Holy See, Alberto Iribarne, a divorced and remarried Catholic, could lead to the naming of a replacement.

Vicar General for the Diocese of Fargo to return to active duty

Feb 11, 2008 - 11:58 am .- Monsignor Brian Donahue has announced that after Easter, he will return to active duty as a military chaplain.  Msgr. Donahue currently serves as one of two Vicars General for the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota and also as pastor at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Wild Rice and St. Maurice Catholic Church in Kindred. 

Pope Benedict begins his Lenten retreat

Feb 11, 2008 - 11:02 am .- On Monday morning, Pope Benedict began his Lenten retreat along with members of the Roman Curia. The opening reflection for the prelates was on the topic of how God has always reached out to men through personal relationships as opposed to being a God of silence.

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