Archive of February 29, 2008

First Catholic Church in Arabic country to be dedicated to Mary

Feb 29, 2008 - 11:18 pm .- The first Catholic Church in an Arab Muslim emirate will be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, during a ceremony that will be celebrated by Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

“Cute phrases are not enough”, Spanish cardinal tells politicians

Feb 29, 2008 - 08:31 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, reminded politicians this week that their basic commitment is to serve the common good, which is cemented on respect for the dignity of the person and not on the construction of a society without religious references.

No party defends the family in Spain, report asserts

Feb 29, 2008 - 05:08 pm .- An upcoming report by the Institute for Family Policy in Spain warns that “the two main national parties,” the Popular Party (PP) and the Spanish Socialist Worker Party (PSOE) have ignored the problems of the family and the birth rate in their election campaigns.

Archbishop of Mosul kidnapped, Pope condemns act as “despicable”

Feb 29, 2008 - 05:00 pm .- Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, Iraq was kidnapped on Friday by gunmen who killed his driver and two bodyguards. Pope Benedict has denounced the act as “premeditated” and “despicable” and called on the entire Catholic Church to pray for the archbishop’s prompt release.

Pope names Italian airline reformer as Vatican's international financial controller

Feb 29, 2008 - 03:26 pm .- Alitalia president Maurizio Prato has been named as the Vatican's international financial controller by Pope Benedict XVI.

Castro interested in prisoner exchange with US, says Cardinal Bertone

Feb 29, 2008 - 01:58 pm .- In an interview with the L’Osservatore Romano and Vatican Radio, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone reflected on his recent visit to Cuba and said dialogue between the Church and the State is necessary.  He also said Raul Castro is willing to “exchange prisoners” with the United States.

Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for March

Feb 29, 2008 - 12:50 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See released Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for the month of March this morning.

World Catholic population increases by 1.4%

Feb 29, 2008 - 11:35 am .- Today Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone presented the Holy Father with the 2008 edition of the “Annuario Pontificio”, better known as the pontifical yearbook. In addition, a communiqué was released highlighting the growth of the Church over the past few years.

CDF rules feminist-inspired baptisms invalid

Feb 29, 2008 - 11:19 am .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a correction today to those who use feminist-inspired non-Trinitarian formulas for baptizing children, declaring that those baptized in this way are, in fact, not baptized.

Pope encourages Americans to defend life, traditional marriage and family

Feb 29, 2008 - 10:38 am .- In a discourse addressed to Mrs. Mary Ann Glendon, the new US ambassador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Americans to defend the right to life from conception to its natural end, traditional marriage and the family.

Vocation inquiries increased 30 percent in 2007, survey finds

Feb 29, 2008 - 06:22 am .- A new survey has revealed that Catholic religious communities in the United States have increased the number of individuals they have in initial formation by 30 percent. Furthermore, 62 percent of communities participating in the survey reported an increase in vocation inquiries last year.

Venezuelan cardinal blames government for occupation of chancery

Feb 29, 2008 - 04:11 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino, blamed the government of Venezuela for the lack of security and negligence that allowed a group of Chavez activists to occupy the archdiocesan chancery for more than three hours on Wednesday.

Roman clergy and seminarians to compete for basketball Clericus Cup

Feb 29, 2008 - 03:32 am .- Priests and seminarians in Rome are preparing for a new basketball tournament in which teams will compete for the Clericus Cup, ANSA reports.

Colorado bishops clarify stand on Human Personhood amendment

Feb 29, 2008 - 01:40 am .- Colorado’s Catholic bishops have denied a pro-life group’s claim that they have “personally expressed support” for an amendment to the state constitution that would define personhood as beginning at conception.

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