Archive of February 21, 2008

Parents should help young people respond to their vocation, says Spanish cardinal

Feb 21, 2008 - 11:32 pm .- In a pastoral letter published for Seminary Day 2008, the Archbishop of Sevilla, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, said the entire ecclesial community should “help” God so that young people called to the priesthood would respond to their vocation. 

Catholic Church calling for reconciliation in Kosovo

Feb 21, 2008 - 06:40 pm .- The Apostolic Administrator of Kosovo, Archbishop Dodë Gjergji said the Catholic Church there supports the creation of a new state, and he underscored the need to unite the people, saying “forgiveness and reconciliation are the only way to follow.”

Vatican Secretary of State calls for Christian renewal in Cuba

Feb 21, 2008 - 05:53 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tariscio Bertone, who is visiting Cuba to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s historic visit, expressed his hope that the visit would renew Christian life and improve relations between the Church and the Cuban government.

Rector of La Sapienza visits with the Pope

Feb 21, 2008 - 03:09 pm .- Pope Benedict was quite busy this morning with audiences, but notable among them was his meeting with Professor Renato Guarini, the president of La Sapienza University. The rector is in charge of the same university that the Pontiff could not visit because of angry protests from a small group of students and professors.

Bible to be center of Lenten preaching at the Vatican

Feb 21, 2008 - 02:51 pm .- On Friday, February 22, in the Redemptoris Mater Chapel, in the presence Pope Benedict XVI, the preacher of the Papal Household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, will begin the traditional Lenten preaching, which will focus on the Word of God, in tune with the upcoming Synod of Bishops.  The general theme of the preaching will be “The Word of God is Living and Efficacious”—a quote from the Letter to the Hebrews.

Benedict XVI’s message to Cuba: Hope in Christ, continue to evangelize

Feb 21, 2008 - 01:38 pm .- On Thursday morning, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone met with the Cuban Conference of Catholic Bishops (COCC) and delivered a message from Pope Benedict to the people of Cuba. While praising the legacy of Christianity, he also called on Cubans to renew their efforts to evangelize.

High-level officials in Cuba present at Cardinal Bertone’s arrival

Feb 21, 2008 - 12:05 pm .- High-level officials of the Cuban government were present on Wednesday night to welcome Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who will be visiting Cuba until February 26 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the 1998 visit by Pope John Paul II.

Pope Benedict asks Jesuits to reflect deeply on their vow of obedience to him

Feb 21, 2008 - 11:39 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed the participants of the Society of Jesus’ general congregation and encouraged them to continue in fidelity to their original charism and to “find the fullest sense of your ‘fourth vow,’” which is a professed obedience to the Holy Father in matters of where they are sent on mission and in the ‘spirit of the Church.’

Solution to Serbia-Kosovo situation lies in Christian values, says the Pope

Feb 21, 2008 - 11:01 am .- With the recent turmoil in Serbia, Pope Benedict’s reception of the new ambassador from Serbia today gave him an opportunity to offer his assessment of the situation in Kosovo. The solution to the conflict embroiling the region must come from the values found in Europe’s Christian roots, the Pope said.

WYD Stations of the Cross director still looking for Jesus

Feb 21, 2008 - 06:15 am .- World Youth Day officials organizing the live depiction of the Stations of the Cross are still looking for an actor to play Jesus, the AM show on Australian Broadcasting Corporation Radio reports.

Catholic soccer club agreement collapses over money dispute

Feb 21, 2008 - 03:52 am .- An Italian endeavor to promote Christian values in sports through a partnership with an Italian soccer team has ended due to a dispute over finances, The Times reports.

Man “angry at God” drives minivan into church sanctuary

Feb 21, 2008 - 02:04 am .- A man who said he was angry at God drove a minivan through a Catholic church in Rancho Cordova, California late on Saturday night, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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