Archive of March 12, 2008

Dozens sun-blinded in India after Marian apparition rumor

Mar 12, 2008 - 10:41 pm .- At least 50 in India have been blinded after staring at the sun in the hope of seeing an apparition of the Virgin Mary, the Telegraph reports.

Polish priest-physicist awarded prestigious Templeton Prize

Mar 12, 2008 - 10:18 pm .- A Polish priest and physicist who was a friend of Pope John Paul II has been awarded the Templeton Prize, the world’s largest monetary annual award, for his “theology of science,” Canwest News Service reports.

Church in Spain committed to fighting abortion and euthanasia despite election results

Mar 12, 2008 - 06:13 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo and Primate of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, said this week the Church would continue defending “the values that are in danger” and, concretely, would fight “against the widening of the law on abortion and against euthanasia.”

Peruvian archbishops support each other in fight against abortion lobby

Mar 12, 2008 - 05:39 pm .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura in northern Peru has expressed his solidarity with the Archbishop of Arequipa in response to attempts by abortion supporters to introduce new norms that would allow for abortion in public hospitals, stressing that “an unborn child is not a matter of opinion.”

Church has no interest in priests being politicians, says Nuncio in Mexico

Mar 12, 2008 - 04:40 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, said this week the Church is not interested in having clerics be elected to political office, “as she wants her priests to be priests and her bishops to be bishops.  She does not want them to be directly involved in politics,” he said.

Relics of Bl. Pier Giorgio to be taken to Australia for WYD

Mar 12, 2008 - 04:15 pm .- Young people who will be in Sydney for World Youth Day 2008 will be able to venerate the relics of Pier Giorgio Frassati, one of the ten patron saints of the event, at the city’s Cathedral, according to a report by SIR news agency.

True happiness comes from hoping in God, despite adversity, Pope observes

Mar 12, 2008 - 10:02 am .- Pope Benedict greeted pilgrims in Paul VI Hall this morning as he held his weekly general audience. Continuing his catechesis on ancient Church figures, he spoke today about Boethius and Cassiodorus, two great Christian writers who lived in Italy during the years following the fall of the Roman Empire.

Catholic News Agency introduces “With Good Reason” column

Mar 12, 2008 - 09:29 am .- Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce that it has added Fr. Thomas Berg, LC, as one of our featured weekly columnists.  Fr. Berg’s column, “With Good Reason”, addresses a variety of issues at the intersection of ethics and culture.  Here is how Fr. Berg describes his column, and why he calls it, “With Good Reason.”

Diocese of Little Rock backtracks from warning about Komen foundation

Mar 12, 2008 - 08:09 am .- A Catholic leader in Arkansas has apologized to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation for warning Catholics that fundraising activities for the breast cancer charity sometimes support Planned Parenthood.

Catholic clergy threatened by Muslim militants in Philippines

Mar 12, 2008 - 05:04 am .- Bishops, priests, and religious on the island of Jolo in the Philippines are now under military protection following a series of murders and kidnappings committed by Muslim militants targeting Church personnel, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) reports.

World Youth Day to boost Australian economy by $231 million

Mar 12, 2008 - 02:36 am .- An independent study claims that World Youth Day 2008 will bring $231 million into the Australian economy.

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