Archive of May 5, 2008

Pope John Paul II’s would-be assassin requests Polish citizenship

May 5, 2008 - 11:42 pm .- Mehmet Ali Agca, the Turkish gunman who shot and wounded Pope John Paul II, is applying for Polish citizenship because, he says, he wants to live in the country of the late Pope, his “spiritual brother.”

Relief agencies request 'urgent' access to Myanmar after cyclone hits

May 5, 2008 - 08:03 pm .- Relief agencies are pleading for government cooperation in response to the devastating cyclone in Myanmar that has killed almost 4,000 people, leaving thousands missing and hundreds of thousands homeless. ...

Educational role of the family 'irreplaceable', institute director says

May 5, 2008 - 07:00 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, defended the “irreplaceable” educational role of the family amidst the scarcity of public assistance it receives and the “attempts to implement Stalinist educational models.”

Archbishop Wuerl says politicians’ support for abortion is wrong

May 5, 2008 - 06:19 pm .- Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl has expanded his previous comments about politicians who support permissive abortion laws but also present themselves to receive Holy Communion.  Though he insisted that support for abortion is wrong, he said that convincing and persuading national Catholic pro-abortion political figures is best done in their respective home dioceses...

Catholics have moral obligation to support the Church, says Cardinal Amigo

May 5, 2008 - 05:32 pm .- The archbishop of Seville, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, said last week that “from a moral point of view,” Catholics cannot neglect their obligation to economically support the Church, “and much less so for reasons that are not serious.”

Priest assassinated in Mexico

May 5, 2008 - 03:51 pm .- Two unknown men killed 33 year-old Father Julio Cesar Mendoza, pastor of Our Lady of Fatima, on May 1 in Mexico City.

Child cured of anencephaly through intercession of Virgin of Lujan completely normal

May 5, 2008 - 02:16 pm .- The Catholic magazine “Cristo Hoy” in Argentina has published an article on a mother who entrusted her daughter to the intercession of Our Lady of Lujan once she was diagnosed with an incurable disease before she was born. The little girl, Lujan, is now three years-old and living a normal life.

Vatican recognizes Marian apparitions in France

May 5, 2008 - 11:56 am .- On Sunday during a Mass celebrated in the town of Laus in the French Alps, Bishop Jean-Michel de Falco of Gap, accompanied by numerous cardinals and archbishops from around the world, announced the official approval of the Church of the Marian apparitions to Benôite (Benedicta) Rencurel between 1664 and 1718.

Swiss Guard swearing-in ceremony highlights corps history

May 5, 2008 - 11:16 am .- The San Damaso Courtyard of the Apostolic Palace will be filled on Tuesday evening with close to 100 of the Pope’s Swiss Guards decked out in their 16th century black, red, and yellow dress uniforms. The occasion for the guards’ en masse appearance is the oath swearing ceremony of 33 new recruits for the papal guard.

Authentic praying of the Rosary brings healing, counsels Benedict XVI

May 5, 2008 - 10:30 am .- On Saturday, the Holy Father presided at the praying of the Rosary in the Roman Basilica of St. Mary Major.  He noted that when one prays the Marian prayer authentically, it brings peace and reconciliation.

Swiss Guard is a ‘school of life’, Pope tells new recruits

May 5, 2008 - 10:17 am .- The Vatican saw an unusual sight this morning as 33 new Swiss guards, their family members and fellow corps members trooped into the audience chamber of the Holy Father to receive his words of inspiration. Benedict XVI thanked the attentive guards for showing their love of the Catholic faith through their service and told them that the Corps "is also a school of life."   

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