Archive of March 19, 2008

Meeting between Moscow Catholic bishop and Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow cancelled

Mar 19, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- Disappointment and questions have followed the cancellation of a meeting between Moscow’s new Catholic bishop and the Patriarch of Moscow, AsiaNews reports.

Greek Orthodox leaders attack civil unions proposal

Mar 19, 2008 - 10:04 pm .- Leaders in the Greek Orthodox Church have denounced the government’s plan to introduce a civil partnerships law, saying it effectively sanctioned prostitution.  The denunciation comes even though the new head of the church has signaled he would not oppose the bill, Religious Intelligence reports.

Reconciliation in Bolivia a challenge for Holy Week, says archbishop

Mar 19, 2008 - 08:21 pm .- Archbishop Tito Solari of Cochabamba in Bolivia has called on young people to change the country, reminding them that the challenge of Holy Week is to achieve reconciliation in Bolivia.

Irish Church reorganizes to address priest shortage

Mar 19, 2008 - 05:02 pm .- The Catholic Church in Ireland is planning a radical overhaul of its parish structures to ease pressure on its shrinking and ageing body of clergy, the Independent reports.

Church in Korea launches new TV channel and website

Mar 19, 2008 - 02:56 pm .- The Church in Korea has launched a media offensive that includes a new television channel, a new internet publication and a revamped website for the episcopate, according to the Fides news agency.

France to accept Iraqi Christian refugees

Mar 19, 2008 - 02:39 pm .- France has announced plans to accept nearly 500 Iraqi Christian refugees, many of whom are Chaldean Catholics, the Associated Press reports.

President Bush to greet Pope upon arrival at air force base

Mar 19, 2008 - 12:26 pm .- President and Mrs. George Bush will greet Pope Benedict XVI, April 15, when he arrives at Andrews Air Force Base for a six-day visit to the United States that will take him to Washington and New York City. 

Work must be enlightened by morality, says Italian cardinal

Mar 19, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, said this week that work should bring “an ideal and moral result”.  Without it, work becomes “prisoner of the logic of the marketplace” which does not put the human person at the center.

Benedict XVI prays for an end to violence in Tibet

Mar 19, 2008 - 11:07 am .- Speaking in Italian at the end of this Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal to end violence in Tibet.

Cardinal Bergoglio to wash feet of twelve recovering drug addicts

Mar 19, 2008 - 10:43 am .- On Holy Thursday, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, will wash the feet of twelve recovering drug addicts during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

The Easter Triduum renews in us great hope, says Holy Father

Mar 19, 2008 - 09:47 am .- Today is known as Spy Wednesday, which, according to the tradition of the Church, commemorates Judas' betrayal of Jesus on the eve of the last supper.  Greeting thousands of young pilgrims in Rome for Holy Week,  Pope Benedict XVI gave a catechesis on the Easter Triduum, three days that are celebrated as a single event that form the heart to the Church and of the liturgical year.

Retiring patriarch gives Easter address to people of Jerusalem

Mar 19, 2008 - 08:38 am .- In his final Easter address, Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah assured the people of his continued prayers for peace in the region.  The patriarch is expected to step down from his position today, his 75th birthday. 

Supreme Court to consider broadcast decency standards

Mar 19, 2008 - 06:01 am .- In its first major broadcast indecency case in thirty years, the Supreme Court will consider whether radio and television channels can be punished for broadcasting “fleeting expletives”.

Library worker fired for reporting patron’s use of child pornography

Mar 19, 2008 - 04:46 am .- The firing of a county library employee who disobeyed her supervisor in reporting to police a patron who was viewing child pornography has focused attention on permissive library “free speech” policies.

True liturgical reform must avoid “wild liturgy,” Cardinal Arinze explains

Mar 19, 2008 - 02:33 am .- Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Church’s “liturgist-in-chief,” recently made a speech at an African university in which he criticized liturgical abuses and protested Masses where the recklessly innovative priests act as “Reverend Showman”.

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