Mar 3, 2008 - 11:20 pm .- Efforts to return a Minneapolis Catholic church to liturgical standards have prompted dozens of parishioners to protest and leave their parish, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Mar 3, 2008 - 08:05 pm .- The University of Notre Dame has awarded its Laetare Medal, the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics, to actor and human rights advocate Martin Sheen. He will be presented the medal at the university’s commencement on May 18.
Mar 3, 2008 - 07:27 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, said the Mexican bishops have formally called for the reform of article 24 of the constitution to replace the phrase “freedom of worship and beliefs” with the basic concept of “religious freedom.”
Mar 3, 2008 - 06:13 pm .- The founder and president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, is among the 197 candidates nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize.
Mar 3, 2008 - 05:30 pm .- Last Thursday the trial began in Germany of Dr. Mechthild Bach, accused of killing eight terminally-ill patients with overdoses of morphine between 2001 and 2003 in a clinic in Langenhagen in Hanover.
Mar 3, 2008 - 04:01 pm .- Following Sunday’s Angelus, the Holy Father addressed the recent discovery of the bodies of two young Italian brothers who disappeared from their home more than a year ago.
Mar 3, 2008 - 03:46 pm .- A woman in Colombia who is in her sixth month of pregnancy has filed a lawsuit demanding that the San Ignacio Hospital grant her an abortion after tests revealed the baby is deformed.
Mar 3, 2008 - 02:29 pm .- The Mensajeros de la Paz (Messengers of Peace) foundation is reporting that the captors of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul are demanding $1.8 million in ransom money to free the Iraqi prelate who was kidnapped last Friday.
Mar 3, 2008 - 02:15 pm .- In the most discrete manner possible, the body of St. Padre Pio was exhumed at 12:30 a.m. Monday morning by a group of medical experts, while Church representatives observed.
Mar 3, 2008 - 12:49 pm .- In declarations to Union Radio, the first vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, has called for reconciliation and said the government should avoid any kind of military confrontation with Colombia or other neighboring countries.
Mar 3, 2008 - 12:42 pm .- On Saturday, Benedict XVI declared that four people will be recognized as saints in a ceremony to be held on Sunday October 12. The blesseds who will be canonized are: Gaetano Errico, Maria Bernarda Butler (nee Verena), Alfonsa of the Immaculate Conception (nee Anna Muttathupandathu), and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran.
Mar 3, 2008 - 11:48 am .- The political situation in Armenia has become unstable following post-election riots broke out between opposition leaders and government forces on Sunday. In lieu of the developments, the Vatican’s Secretary of State decided on Sunday to postpone his trip to the country.
Mar 3, 2008 - 10:17 am .- The Salesians of Don Bosco are gathering in Rome this week for their 26th general chapter meeting. To mark the beginning of the chapter, Pope Benedict wrote a letter to the order encouraging them to continue to seek out a spiritual life rooted in “profound mysticism and a solid asceticism” instead of activism.