Archive of April 11, 2008

Official data shows 13,000 baptized in China during Easter Vigil

Apr 11, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- The Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples reports that during the Easter Vigil over 13,000 people were baptized in China.

Catholics call on Raul Castro to reveal his political agenda

Apr 11, 2008 - 05:13 pm .- The Archdiocese of Havana’s magazine, Espacio Laical, has called on Raul Castro to unveil his political agenda and to allow Cubans to participate in the reforms he has begun since his election as president of Cuba.

Renowned oncologist changes position on euthanasia after contracting cancer

Apr 11, 2008 - 03:21 pm .- The Spanish magazine Huellas has published an interview with Sylvie Menard, one of the most renowned oncologists in Europe who for many years was a supporter of euthanasia but several months ago changed her views after she was diagnosed with bone cancer.

Magdi Allam canceled trip to Spain over security concerns

Apr 11, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- Egyptian journalist Magdi Christian Allam, who recently converted to Catholicism, canceled his planned visit to Spain because the Spanish government could not guarantee his security.

Pope memorabilia in high demand

Apr 11, 2008 - 10:51 am .- As Pope Benedict XVI, prepares to touch down in the U.S. next Tuesday, New Yorkers are gobbling up Pope-related merchandise, NBC reports.

Vietnam state-owned media ramps up attacks on Catholic demonstrators

Apr 11, 2008 - 08:06 am .- A standoff between protestors and police at a Redemptorist monastery in Hanoi continued yesterday as the state-owned media accused the Catholic demonstrators of occupying state-owned land, gathering and praying illegally in public areas, illegally erecting crucifixes and icons of the Virgin Mary, and disturbing public order.

Archdiocese of New Orleans to close more parishes in Katrina aftermath

Apr 11, 2008 - 05:27 am .- Calling it a “pivotal moment in the history of the archdiocese,” Archbishop of New Orleans Alfred C. Hughes announced on Wednesday a major reorganization of the archdiocese that will position to Church to improve despite a shortage of priests and a Catholic population diminished by Hurricane Katrina.

Air Force Academy cuts “anti-Catholic” film clips from religion seminar

Apr 11, 2008 - 04:11 am .- A seminar at the Air Force Academy that had been organized to discuss religion and war removed several movie clips from its presentation after receiving complaints that the clips were anti-Catholic, the Colorado Springs Gazette reports.

Polish bishops seek return of John Paul II’s heart to Poland

Apr 11, 2008 - 03:28 am .- Polish bishops are trying to have Pope John Paul II’s heart extracted and moved to the Polish cathedral where the Pope served as cardinal, AKI News reports.

Pope to pray terrorists “turn to the way of love” in Ground Zero visit

Apr 11, 2008 - 01:21 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will pray for the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and for the conversion of “those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred” during his visit to Ground Zero, according to prayers released by the Vatican.

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