Archive of February 22, 2008

$4 million study to understand why people believe in God

Feb 22, 2008 - 11:11 pm .- A group of researchers from the University of Oxford will spend $3.9 million on a three-year study to “explain” why humanity believes in God.

Cardinal Bertone hopes the Pope will visit Cuba

Feb 22, 2008 - 04:25 pm .- "I think the Holy Father welcomed Cardinal Ortega’s invitation to come to Cuba… I hope the Holy Father will visit Cuba in the future,” Cardinal Bertone said during a homily delivered to thousands of Cubans gathered for Mass in front of Havana’s Cathedral on Thursday evening.

Exiled Cubans join in prayer campaign called for by archbishop

Feb 22, 2008 - 03:14 pm .- The large Cuban community in southern Florida has joined in the prayer campaign convened by Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago, Cuba on the occasion of the visit of Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who will visit his archdiocese on Saturday.

Brazilian lawmakers and leaders sign pro-life manifesto

Feb 22, 2008 - 02:42 pm .- Brazilian political leaders gathered at the Senate’s Petronio Portela Auditorium for the First Brazilian Meeting of Legislators and Leaders for Life, which ended with the signing of a manifesto that will be sent to President Lula da Silva.

Church calls Mexican capital “murderous city” and laments deaths by abortion

Feb 22, 2008 - 12:47 pm .- In an editorial published on its website, the Archdiocese of Mexico City lamented the death of the first girl to lose her life from a legal abortion in the Mexican capital and said the killing of the unborn has turned the Mexican capital into “a murderous city.”

Cardinal Bertone says Church in Cuba has right to evangelize "with no limits"

Feb 22, 2008 - 12:44 pm .- During a huge Mass that filled the Cathedral square in Havana, the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, demanded the right of the Catholic Church in Cuba to evangelize without limits imposed by the state.

Second largest diocese in Ireland receives new bishop

Feb 22, 2008 - 10:50 am .- The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Noel Treanor as Bishop the diocese of Down and Connor in Ireland.  The bishop-elect currently serves as the Secretary General of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conference of the European Community.

Vocations must be sown in children and young people, says the Pope

Feb 22, 2008 - 10:48 am .- Today the Vatican released the Pope’s message for the 45th World Day of Prayer for Vocations, which this year has the theme of "Vocations at the Service of the Church on Mission".  In his message, Pope Benedict stressed that Christian communities must prepare children and young people for vocations by their witness to the Gospel.

Pope expresses thanks for Peter’s Pence

Feb 22, 2008 - 10:13 am .- At the Vatican on Friday, the Pope received members of the Circle of St. Peter who brought him, as is traditional, the "Peter's Pence" collection conducted every year in the parishes and institutes of Rome's diocese.

Massachusetts abortionist surrenders medical license after negligent death claim

Feb 22, 2008 - 07:59 am .- A Massachusetts abortionist has relinquished his medical license five months after a 22-year-old woman died while he was performing an abortion on her child.

Schools and lay institutions request relics of local martyr

Feb 22, 2008 - 06:53 am .- The AVAN news agency reported this week that several parishes, lay institutions and schools in Valencia, Spain have asked the archdiocese for relics of Blessed Pablo Melendez (1876-1936), a local journalist who died for the faith during the religious persecution of 1936 in Spain.

Celebration of St. Joseph moved by Vatican for 2008

Feb 22, 2008 - 04:11 am .- The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has transferred the celebration of the Solemnity of St. Joseph to March 15, since the traditional date of observance—March 19—coincides with Wednesday of Holy Week.

Italian judge convicted for shunning courtrooms with crosses

Feb 22, 2008 - 03:18 am .- An Italian judge campaigning about crosses being placed in public buildings has been convicted for the third time for refusing to enter courtrooms unless their crucifixes were removed, ANSA reports.

Bishops of India plan defense against anti-Christian extremists

Feb 22, 2008 - 02:22 am .- At a recent plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), bishops held two unscheduled meetings to study recent attacks on Christians.  The bishops also discussed proposals to coordinate the Church’s civil and political activities to counter increasing anti-Christian violence in India.

Vatican conference to examine ethics of end-of-life care

Feb 22, 2008 - 01:39 am .- A press conference at the Vatican on Thursday presented the details of an upcoming meeting that will discuss the care of the incurably sick and the dying.

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