Archive of March 7, 2008

Colombia unites in Our Father for peace

Mar 7, 2008 - 08:15 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, threw his support behind President Alvaro Uribe in the crisis with Ecuador and Venezuela and called on the country to pray the Our Father at noon on March 7.

Bishops call on Chileans to pray for rain

Mar 7, 2008 - 06:18 pm .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile has asked Catholics to pray “during Mass and other religious observances” for rain, as the central and southern regions of the country are suffering from a severe drought.

Family should never be object of experimentation, insists cardinal

Mar 7, 2008 - 05:05 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, wrote in his weekly letter that the family should never be the object of experimentation, and he warned that human dignity is “threatened when marriage between a man and a woman is weakened in the legislation of the State, thus producing confusion in society.”

Holy Father to spend summer vacation in Italian town of Alto Adige

Mar 7, 2008 - 04:22 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will spend part of his summer vacation this year in the region of Alto Adige in the northern province of Bressanone, after which he will head to Castel Gandolfo for the rest of the summer.

Archbishop condemns lynchings as evil, laments spread of violence

Mar 7, 2008 - 01:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, has condemned the lynchings that have taken place in recent days and noted that they can never be consistent with Christian beliefs.

Pope receives Luxembourg’s prime minister, discusses euthanasia legislation

Mar 7, 2008 - 11:31 am .- The tiny European country of Luxembourg is rarely heard about, but today the Pope received the prime minister of the Grand Duchy, which could become the third country in Europe to legalize euthanasia.

Societies that ignore history are subject to manipulation, says Pope

Mar 7, 2008 - 11:26 am .- On Friday, the Holy Father spoke with members of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences whose work he said is of “great interest for the life of the Church,” in a time when history is often ignored.

Confession brings us the joy of God’s forgiveness, says the Holy Father

Mar 7, 2008 - 11:25 am .- In one of several audiences today, Pope Benedict XVI addressed members of the Apostolic Penitentiary on the state of Confession and lamented that today the world “is losing the notion of sin”.

Irish-American Catholics negotiate St. Patrick’s Day and Holy Week conflict

Mar 7, 2008 - 06:11 am .- A Holy Week calendar conflict with St. Patrick’s Day is forcing some localities to choose between parades and piety.

California ruling could put homeschooling in jeopardy

Mar 7, 2008 - 04:32 am .- A California court decision restricting two parents’ ability to homeschool their children could subject all California parents to criminal penalties for homeschooling, WorldNetDaily reports.

Ireland investigates sale of fraudulent Mass cards

Mar 7, 2008 - 02:35 am .- Leaders in the Irish Catholic Church have voiced concerns that Mass cards are being sold under false pretenses, with the money going to shop owners and distributors rather than being used for Mass offerings and charity, BBC News reports.

Catholics chafe under government mandates for British embryo bill vote

Mar 7, 2008 - 01:20 am .- Catholic Ministers of Parliament could revolt against Labor Party leader Prime Minister Gordon Brown over a bill on embryo fertilization and research, the Telegraph reports.

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