Archive of May 2, 2008

Zimbabwe presidential election to continue in runoff

May 2, 2008 - 11:23 pm .- After long delays, the electoral body of Zimbabwe said on Friday that opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won more votes than President Robert Mugabe in the March 29 election.  However, having failed to win a majority, Tsvangirai now faces a run-off election against Mugabe.

Academy of Social Sciences examining globalization to combat negative effects

May 2, 2008 - 08:13 pm .- Beginning today, the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences is meeting to study how to overcome the negative effects of globalization so that trend can be harnessed to build  a "civilisation of the common good.”

Holy Father appoints bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon

May 2, 2008 - 06:47 pm .- Today Pope Benedict appointed Fr. Byran Bayda as bishop of the Eparchy of Saskatoon of the Ukrainians.  The bishop-elect will succeed Most Rev. Michael Wiwchar, who submitted his resignation upon his 75th birthday last year.

Fr. Lombardi ‘happy’ that Pope is not on Time’s 100 Most Influential list

May 2, 2008 - 05:27 pm .- As it does every year, Time magazine has released its list of the world’s 100 most influential people and this year’s list does not include Pope Benedict XVI. Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, says that he is “very happy that the Pope isn't on the list” because the criteria used by Time do not accurately gauge his influence.

School education should be founded upon the truth about man, cardinal says

May 2, 2008 - 04:02 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera of Toledo spoke out on school education this week saying that, it should be founded upon the truth, especially nowadays, when there is a cultural climate that “seeks to keep human reason from tending towards the truth.”

‘Fear of fertility is an evil that dehumanizes us,’ says Mexican archbishop

May 2, 2008 - 03:12 pm .- During celebrations marking the International Day of the Child, Archbishop Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca said having children should not be considered an obstacle to be overcome in life, as “there is no reason a mother cannot be a successful woman.  What greater success is there than to give life?” he asked.

Secularist currents in Latin America coming from Spain, says lay Catholic leader

May 2, 2008 - 01:49 pm .- A prominent lay Catholic in Spain who was recently named to the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Lola Velarde, said this week that Spain’s President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero’s secularist agenda is the launching pad for efforts to promote secularism in Europe and Latin America.

Pope Benedict accepts resignation of St. Paul and Minneapolis archbishop

May 2, 2008 - 11:03 am .- Today the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Archbishop Harry J. Flynn from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in Minnesota.  He will be succeeded by Archbishop John C. Neinstedt.

Arizona bishops encourage ‘right of conscience’ in health care

May 2, 2008 - 10:47 am .- In a Pastoral Statement released yesterday, the bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference encouraged a deeper respect for people’s freedom of conscience, especially in regards to health care and human life. 

Offer Cuban society the only true hope: Jesus Christ, Pope tells bishops

May 2, 2008 - 10:13 am .- Every five years a group of Cuban bishops travel to visit with the Pope and to visit the tomb of St. Peter. On Friday morning the bishops met with Pope Benedict, who told them that, "At this historic moment, the Church in Cuba is called to “offer all Cuban society the only true hope: Our Lord Jesus.”

FSSP to distribute free copies of new Latin Mass DVD

May 2, 2008 - 05:31 am .- The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), in cooperation with EWTN, will soon release an instructional video on the 1962 Latin Mass.   A free copy will be available to any priest or seminarian who reserves the video on its web site.

Fiancée of British royal abandons Catholicism to preserve succession

May 2, 2008 - 02:16 am .- A woman engaged to a member of the British royal family has renounced her Catholic faith to maintain her fiancée’s position in the line of succession.

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