Archive of March 3, 2008

Minneapolis parish’s “progressive” liturgies being brought into line

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.

Notre Dame awards Laetare Medal to Martin Sheen

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.

Mexican bishops call for constitutional reform to guarantee religious freedom

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.”

Catholic dissident in Cuba nominated for Nobel Prize

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.

Trial of “Doctor Death” begins in Germany

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.

Benedict XVI prays for protection of ‘our little ones’ regarding case of missing Italian brothers

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.

Battle in Colombia over woman who wants to abort deformed fetus

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.

$ 1.8 million ransom demanded for release of Iraqi archbishop

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.

Padre Pio exhumed, body is “well preserved”

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.

Archbishop calls on Venezuelan government stay out of Colombia situation

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.

Catholics to receive four new saints in October

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.

Vatican Secretary of State postpones visit to Armenia

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.

Guard against activism with mysticism and asceticism, Pope tells Salesians

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.

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