Archive of March 11, 2008

Pakistan bomb attack kills 24, damages Catholic cathedral

Mar 11, 2008 - 10:26 pm .- A bomb attack on a government building Tuesday killed 24 people, including two children at Catholic schools, and damaged the Catholic cathedral and other nearby Catholic buildings in Lahore, Pakistan.

University of Notre Dame president approves V-monologue performances

Mar 11, 2008 - 05:48 pm .- The president of the University of Notre Dame, Father John Jenkins, CSC, announced on Monday that he has approved campus performances of the play The Vagina Monologues from March 24 through March 26.

Almsgiving unmasks idolatry of money, says Mexican cardinal

Mar 11, 2008 - 04:31 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week that “almsgiving helps us unmask the idolatry of money” and “reminds us that we are only administrators and not owners of what we have.”

Buenos Aires legislature confers award on transsexual on Women’s Day

Mar 11, 2008 - 03:06 pm .- In order to mark International Women’s Day, the legislature of Buenos Aires decided to confer honors on twenty Argentinean women who “broke the traditional molds,” including a transsexual activist.

Spanish bishops congratulate Zapatero over triumph in elections

Mar 11, 2008 - 01:24 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, and its secretary, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, have offered their congratulations to President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was re-elected on Sunday.

Nuncio in Iraq prays for health and quick release of kidnapped archbishop

Mar 11, 2008 - 12:43 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikat, expressed his concern over the state of health of Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho, who was violently kidnapped on February 29.  He also pleaded for his quick release.

Vatican art from past centuries to be displayed in Rome

Mar 11, 2008 - 10:42 am .- "'Magnificenze Vaticane' Masterpieces of Art from the Collections of the Fabric of St. Peter's" is an exhibition due to be inaugurated this afternoon at Palazzo Incontro in Rome.  The display will feature never seen before Vatican artworks from the 14th to 20th centuries.

Cardinal Bertone praises religious tolerance in Azerbaijan, opens Nunciature

Mar 11, 2008 - 10:23 am .- Despite a state of emergency in Armenia shortening his visit, Cardinal Bertone has successfully completed his trip to Armenia and Azerbaijan. The major theme of the visit was a focus on inter-religious harmony.

Pope Benedict XVI greets Christendom College and blesses cornerstone

Mar 11, 2008 - 09:30 am .- At Wednesday’s Papal audience on March 5, Pope Benedict XVI personally acknowledged Christendom College in his address and then blessed a marble cornerstone for the planned addition to Christendom’s Christ the King Chapel. Later that evening the College celebrated its thirtieth anniversary with a reception for its many friends in Rome.

Planned Parenthood affiliates defraud taxpayers of millions, fired exec alleges

Mar 11, 2008 - 05:30 am .- A federal whistleblower lawsuit filed by a former Planned Parenthood executive alleges that nine affiliates in California knowingly engaged in a criminal plot to defraud millions of dollars from state and federal taxpayers over a period of at least six years, the California Catholic Daily reports.

Catholics could swing Pennsylvania Democratic primary

Mar 11, 2008 - 04:19 am .- Catholic voters are expected to play a key role in the Pennsylvania Democratic Party presidential primary, the New York Sun reports.

Vatican bishop points to modern social sins

Mar 11, 2008 - 02:02 am .- A Vatican official has listed a set of “social sins” to draw attention to sinful acts that have social ramifications in an interview with the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano. 

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