Archive of April 23, 2008

Growing number of Italian doctors refusing to perform abortions

Apr 23, 2008 - 11:05 pm .- Nearly 70 percent of Italian gynecologists are now refusing to perform abortions on moral grounds, Agence France Presse reports.

Faithful to be able to venerate exhumed remains of Padre Pio

Apr 23, 2008 - 09:26 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jaime Saraiva Martins, will celebrate a Mass on Thursday in San Giovanni Rotondo, after which the public will be able to venerate the exhumed remains of Padre Pio.

Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania Catholic vote handily

Apr 23, 2008 - 05:42 pm .- In Tuesday’s key Democratic presidential primary election in Pennsylvania, New York Senator Hillary Clinton defeated Illinois Senator Barack Obama with a commanding lead among the Democrat Party’s Catholic voters, according to CNN exiting polling. 

Update: SSPX rejects “signing an agreement with Rome”

Apr 23, 2008 - 04:49 pm .- Bernard Fellay, the leader of the Society of St. Pius X, has rejected the idea of reaching an agreement with Rome and that the Motu Propio allowing broader use of the traditional Latin Mass would lead to an agreement between his group and the Holy See.

Church in Cuba hopes for greater government cooperation, says Cardinal Ortega

Apr 23, 2008 - 03:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said relations between the Church and the Communist government have improved in recent times, but the hope is that there will be more openness with regards to access to the media and education.

Holy See to calmly reflect on status of suspended bishop elected president of Paraguay

Apr 23, 2008 - 11:29 am .- The EFE news agency reported this week that the Vatican will take its time in reflecting on the best solution from a canonical point of view to define the status of Fernando Lugo, the suspended bishop who has been elected president of Paraguay.

Deceased cardinal's “zeal and passion” praised by the Pope

Apr 23, 2008 - 10:05 am .- The Church continued to witness to the life of Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo today as it celebrated a funeral Mass and Pope Benedict delivered a homily praising his lifelong defense of the truth, especially of the family.

Vatican spokesman: Pope has helped to close “chapter of shame and sorrow” in U.S.

Apr 23, 2008 - 09:17 am .- In statements broadcast by Vatican Radio, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said that with his recent visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI has helped the Church in that country to close a chapter of shame and sorrow over the sex abuse scandal.

Church custodian on trial in Italy for weeping statue hoax

Apr 23, 2008 - 06:36 am .- A former church custodian accused of faking an incident where a Virgin Mary statue wept blood was put on trial in the northern Italian city of Forli’ on Friday, ANSA reports.

John Henry Cardinal Newman to be beatified

Apr 23, 2008 - 03:12 am .- The Vatican has approved the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the English convert and theologian who has had immense influence upon English-speaking Catholicism, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Young British Catholics trained for World Youth Day communications

Apr 23, 2008 - 01:09 am .- Nearly thirty young people from dioceses across England and Wales are being trained as World Youth Day Communications Officers for the July event in Sydney. 

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