Archive of April 15, 2008

New compendium examines Pope Benedict’s teachings on marriage

Apr 15, 2008 - 11:44 pm .- A report examining Pope Benedict XVI’s writings on marriage has just been released.“Pope Benedict XVI on Marriage:  A Compendium,” has been published by the Institute for Marriage and Public Policy and released on the eve of Pope Benedict’s first papal visit to the United States.

Vietnam to return confiscated lands to prominent Catholic basilica

Apr 15, 2008 - 10:02 pm .- The local government of Quang Tri province in Vietnam has agreed to return land it confiscated surrounding the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of La Vang.

Gender-based abortions gaining ground in U.S., say experts

Apr 15, 2008 - 07:28 pm .- The practice of sex-selective abortions that has unbalanced the male-female ratio in many Asian and Muslim countries is now believed to be happening among immigrant communities in the United States.   

Cardinal Corripio was a good shepherd, says Mexico City archbishop

Apr 15, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said the priestly and episcopal ministry of his predecessor, Cardinal Ernesto Corripio Ahumada, embodied the mystery of the Lord as the Good Shepherd, “with all of its consequences: knowing, feeding, healing, carrying and above all giving his life for the sheep.”

Pope Benedict touches down in the United States

Apr 15, 2008 - 03:52 pm .- Shepherd One landed right on time this afternoon, bringing Pope Benedict XVI to the United States for the first time. President Bush, Laura Bush and their daughter Jenna paid Pope Benedict the honor of meeting him at the airport—the first time Bush has done so for a head of state.

More young people committed to the Gospel needed, says Venezuelan cardinal

Apr 15, 2008 - 02:50 pm .- During the closing Mass of the 3rd National Missionary Congress convened by the Venezuelan bishops, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said, “Young men and women are needed who desire to give their lives completely to the service of the Gospel.”

Catholics should confront Socialist “cultural revolution”, says Spanish archbishop

Apr 15, 2008 - 01:27 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona said Catholics in Spain should confront the “cultural revolution” that is being carried out by the Socialist Party in the country by proclaiming God. 

Without the Church, the world dies, says Madrid cardinal

Apr 15, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said this week, “If there is a lack of priests in the Church, the Church dies, and if the Church is not present in the world, the world dies.”

Pope promises to “do everything possible” to heal scandal of sex abuse

Apr 15, 2008 - 10:34 am .- While in transit to the United States today, Pope Benedict XVI took the opportunity to respond to the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, saying that he will do “everything possible to heal this wound” and that he will work to ensure pedophiles don't become priests.

Russia allows Pope Benedict documentary to be aired

Apr 15, 2008 - 06:55 am .-  For the first time ever, a state television channel in Russia will broadcast a documentary film about Pope Benedict XVI.  At the climax of the film, the Pope will speak on television to the Russian people and express his regard for them, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) informs Catholic News Agency.

New stem cell technique could make human cloning easier

Apr 15, 2008 - 04:47 am .- The same newly-developed technique that ethically produces stem cells for research can also be used to lower the technical barriers to human cloning, the Independent is reporting.

Philippines Cathedral damaged in bomb attack

Apr 15, 2008 - 02:39 am .- Police in the southern Philippines city of Zamboanga city are investigating the explosion of two small bombs, one of which exploded outside a Catholic cathedral early Sunday morning, Reuters reports.  Muslim insurgents are suspected in the attack.

President Bush addresses relationship with Pope Benedict, U.S. Catholics

Apr 15, 2008 - 01:08 am .- On Friday, President George W. Bush publicly addressed Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States in an interview with EWTN. In addition, Bush also addressed concerns of interest to Catholics such as the position of Christians in Iraq, relations with China, and the creation of a “culture of life.”

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