Archive of February 19, 2008

Papal trip to Cuba possible, Vatican Secretary of State says

Feb 19, 2008 - 10:07 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has suggested that Pope Benedict XVI could visit Cuba in the future, the International Herald Tribune reports.

Vatican advises moderation in response to Kosovo independence

Feb 19, 2008 - 09:17 pm .- Reacting to the Serbian province of Kosovo’s Sunday declaration of independence, the Vatican called for “prudence and moderation,” according to L’Osservatore Romano.

Logo for 2009 World Meeting of Families unveiled

Feb 19, 2008 - 06:00 pm .- The organizers of the 2009 World Meeting of Families have unveiled the official logo for the event, which will have as its theme, “The family: teacher of human and Christian values.”

Mexican cardinal: pro-abortion politicians do not represent the people

Feb 19, 2008 - 04:20 pm .- During a Mass celebrated with pro-life demonstrators who are calling on Mexico’s Constitutional Court to declare abortion illegal, the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, said politicians and public officials who support abortion do not speak for the Mexican people, who love life.

Vatican Cardinal announces meeting with congressmen from the Americas to discuss life issues

Feb 19, 2008 - 03:16 pm .- In an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, announced a meeting with congressmen from North, Central and South America to discuss family and life issues this summer.

Television “continues to have evangelizing potential,” says Cardinal Bertone

Feb 19, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- During a Mass celebrated to mark the 50th anniversary of the declaration of St. Clare as the patroness of television, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said television still holds evangelizing potential and should be used by Catholics.

Anglicans take authority to name bishops away from British Prime Minister

Feb 19, 2008 - 01:05 pm .- In a step towards greater religious autonomy, the general synod of the Anglican Church of England decided to do away with the traditional approval by the British Prime Minister for the naming of bishops.

Pope to receive Jesuits on Thursday, new authorities elected

Feb 19, 2008 - 12:41 pm .- The participants from the General Congregation of the Society of Jesus will meet with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican this Thursday, Jesuits sources in Rome announced today.

Students from Americas and Europe to hold vigil with the Pope

Feb 19, 2008 - 11:00 am .- University students from all over the world will meet with Pope Benedict on Saturday, March 1 to hold a prayer vigil to mark the European Day for Universities.

Return to your roots, Pope Benedict advises religious orders

Feb 19, 2008 - 10:53 am .- Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke to the members of the executive committee of the International Union of Superiors General, telling them that “when communities have chosen to return to the origins and live in a way more in keeping with the spirit of the founder,” they see positive signs of renewal.

Castro’s retirement should open era of reconciliation in Cuba, says Christian activist

Feb 19, 2008 - 10:39 am .- In a press release issued in response to the news that Fidel Castro has stepped down as president of Cuba, the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, said the Cuban dictator’s retirement should mark the beginning of an era of freedom and reconciliation in the country.

Vatican-China talks could cement diplomatic relations with papal visit

Feb 19, 2008 - 06:41 am .- Talks between China and the Vatican to establish diplomatic relations have intensified in recent months, with proposals for a papal visit apparently under discussion, The Times reports.

Archbishop Romero’s beatification stalls on martyrdom question

Feb 19, 2008 - 04:05 am .- The beatification cause of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero has stalled because of a question concerning whether the archbishop died as a martyr for the faith, the Associated Press reports.

Number of exorcisms on the rise on Australia's Gold Coast

Feb 19, 2008 - 01:26 am .- Increased interest in Satanism and the occult has led to a rise in exorcisms in the Australian state of Queensland, the Courier Mail reports.

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