Archive of March 24, 2008

San Jose cathedral to host Mass for California Democrats

Mar 24, 2008 - 11:46 pm .- California Democrats gathering for their state convention this weekend will have a special Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph just a half-mile from the convention site, the California Catholic Daily reports.

“Magical” chants win Austrian monks recording contract

Mar 24, 2008 - 10:01 pm .- After “blowing away” music executives with their performance of Gregorian plainchant, a group of Austrian monks has been given a record deal with Universal Music, the Independent reports.

Archbishop Ncube admits to breaking vow of celibacy

Mar 24, 2008 - 05:49 pm .- With elections in the beleaguered African country of Zimbabwe less than one week away, Archbishop Pius Ncube has admitted to committing adultery, according to Frontier Africa TV.

President Bush pens Easter message

Mar 24, 2008 - 02:12 pm .- As Christians around the United States celebrate Easter, President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have issued the following Easter message:

Anti-war protesters disrupt Easter Mass at Chicago cathedral

Mar 24, 2008 - 12:53 pm .- Six people protesting the war in Iraq were arrested after they disrupted an Easter Mass at Chicago’s cathedral and threw fake blood at parishioners, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Intercession of Virgin Mary prevented war in South America, newspaper reveals

Mar 24, 2008 - 11:19 am .- The Colombian daily “El Tiempo” revealed on Holy Saturday that a crisis that could have ended in an open conflict between Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela was averted by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe confiding the situation to the intercession of Mary under the three different titles by which she is the country’s patroness.

Vatican's Triduum celebrations Chinese themed

Mar 24, 2008 - 10:21 am .- The situation of China’s Roman Catholics was at the heart of the celebrations for the Holy Triduum at the Vatican, with a group of Chinese people being present and decorations appearing at different moments during the Church’s three holiest days.

Colorado Catholics forgive Mormon missionaries during Holy Week

Mar 24, 2008 - 10:00 am .- An investigation that likely would have led to criminal charges against four Mormon missionaries who desecrated a Catholic shrine in 2006, has been stopped by local authorities following a request made during Holy Week by the Catholic community of Costilla County, in the Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado.

High-profile Muslim baptized by Pope asks Muslim converts to "come out"

Mar 24, 2008 - 09:30 am .- A day after he was received into the Catholic Church by Pope Benedict XVI during the Easter vigil, Magdi Allam, a widely known Italian Muslim, wrote a letter to his own paper on Easter Sunday in which he issued a twofold call: first to he encouraged other Muslims who have converted to Catholicism to come out publicly and secondly he called on the Church to be “less prudent” about converting Muslims.

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