Archive of March 4, 2008

Timorese rebel may surrender to the Catholic Church

Mar 4, 2008 - 10:48 pm .- A rebel commander who took part in the assassination attempt on the president of East Timor surrendered to Timorese security forces early Sunday morning, inspiring hopes that a rebel leader will soon surrender to the Catholic Church, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Kidnapping of archbishop “an assault on all Iraqis,” Iraqi prime minister says

Mar 4, 2008 - 04:22 pm .- The Iraqi prime minister has made the release of a kidnapped Chaldean Catholic archbishop a top priority, saying the assault on Christians “represents an assault on all Iraqis,” Reuters reports.

Miraculous cure attributed to intercession of Cardinal Eduardo Pironio

Mar 4, 2008 - 04:07 pm .- The cause of beatification of Cardinal Eduardo Pironio, who died in 1998, could move ahead if the cure of 15 month-old boy who suffered from paint poisoning is declared miraculous.

Families, “eradicate the darkness in your homes”, says Cardinal Rivera

Mar 4, 2008 - 03:21 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week “the good of the person and of society is intimately linked to healthy families,” and therefore the Church “is committed to defending and promoting natural dignity and the exalted value of marriage and the family.”

Brazilian bishops request research with embryos be declared unconstitutional

Mar 4, 2008 - 01:50 pm .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has announced it will ask the country’s Supreme Court to declare part of a new law that allows research with human embryos to be unconstitutional.

Paraguayan bishop says former bishop is still in a state of disobedience

Mar 4, 2008 - 01:23 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Paraguay, Bishop Ignacio Gogorza, reiterated this week that former bishop Fernando Lugo, who is running for president, is still in a state of “disobedience to the Holy Father.”

Pope Benedict to kick off 25th anniversary celebrations for youth center

Mar 4, 2008 - 11:07 am .- Pope Benedict is planning to help the San Lorenzo International Youth Centre, which was founded by Pope John Paul II, kick off its 25th anniversary by celebrating Mass for its workers and guests on Sunday, March 9.

Vatican Secretary of State goes to Armenia despite unrest

Mar 4, 2008 - 10:37 am .- Despite no sign of negotiations emerging in the Armenian post-election dispute, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, left this morning for the former Soviet country after delaying his departure by two days.

Australia issues commemorative coins, stamps for World Youth Day

Mar 4, 2008 - 06:24 am .- The Perth Mint and the Australian Post Office have released a set of limited edition coins and stamps commemorating World Youth Day 2008.

Catholic hospital to allow transgender surgery after being sued

Mar 4, 2008 - 04:19 am .-  A Catholic hospital that refused to allow its facilities to be used for breast implant surgery on a man that had undergone a sex-change operation will now allow the procedure, the California Catholic Daily reports,

Man sentenced to years in jail after attempting secret abortion on unknowing wife

Mar 4, 2008 - 02:31 am .- A man who tried to cause his wife to unknowingly abort their child by hiding abortifacient drugs in her food has been sentenced to three years and nine months in jail for administering a poison with intent to cause miscarriage, the Daily Mail reports.

Hexham and Newcastle, England bishop dies at 57

Mar 4, 2008 - 01:13 am .- On Saturday, the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle in England announced the death of its bishop, the Most Reverend Kevin John Dunn, who died of pneumonia at the age of 57.

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