Archive of May 8, 2008

Court overturns conviction of Brazilian rancher accused in nun slaying

May 8, 2008 - 11:12 pm .- A Brazilian rancher accused of ordering the murder of American religious sister Dorothy Stang has had his conviction overturned in a retrial.  The court confirmed the conviction of a second suspect in the shooting.

Catholic magazine in Cuba says new government should step up changes

May 8, 2008 - 07:24 pm .- The latest edition of the Archdiocese of Havana’s publication “Espacio Laical” features an extensive article on the new government of Raul Castro and argues that he is the only one capable of producing changes that are both gradual, dramatic and profound.

Michigan court rules that marriage law bans same-sex partnership benefits

May 8, 2008 - 06:00 pm .- The Michigan General Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that the state’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriages also blocks Michigan governments and state universities from offering “domestic partnership” benefits for homosexual couples.

Cardinal Hummes: The priesthood can only be lived radically

May 8, 2008 - 04:40 pm .- In a letter to all of the episcopal conferences of the world to mark the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on May 30, the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, has said that the priestly vocation can only be lived with radical commitment.

Expert explains Church’s criteria for confirming Marian apparitions

May 8, 2008 - 03:33 pm .- Salvatore M. Perrella, an expert in dogma and Mariology from the Mariunum Pontifical School in Rome, explained this week the criteria used by the Church to determine the legitimacy of Marian apparitions. His explanation comes in the wake of the Church’s approval of the apparitions of Our Lady of Laus in France.

Benedict XVI’s visit to Genoa and Savona joyfully awaited, says Cardinal Bagnasco

May 8, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- In a little more than a week Pope Benedict will visit the Italian diocese of Genoa and the city of Savona for two days. The Vatican announced the Pope’s schedule this morning as the Archbishop of Genoa says that his flock is joyfully awaiting his arrival.

Law that would have legalized abortion in Brazil unanimously rejected

May 8, 2008 - 01:04 pm .- On Wednesday Brazil’s Social Security and Family Commission unanimously voted to reject a new law that would have legalized abortion in the country. All 33 members of the commission voted against the law that would have made killing the unborn—for any reason—legal throughout pregnancy.

Clergy should refrain from political life, preach the Gospel instead, says Benedict XVI

May 8, 2008 - 11:14 am .- Pope Benedict received a large delegation of Melkite Greek Catholics this morning at the Vatican. The Pontiff called on the clergy to refrain from becoming involved in politics and exhorted the local Church to open the path to peace by proposing the light of the Gospel.

Chinese orchestra plays Pope’s kind of music

May 8, 2008 - 10:00 am .- The Paul VI Hall was the scene of an unusual performance on Wednesday afternoon—the 75 member Chinese Philharmonic Orchestra accompanied by the Shanghai Opera House Chorus presenting Mozart's Requiem Mass and some Chinese folk songs to the Pope.

McCain pledges to use Roberts, Alito as model Supreme Court nominees

May 8, 2008 - 06:12 am .- In a Tuesday speech that could have significant ramifications for the pro-life cause, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain pledged to use President George W. Bush’s Supreme Court appointees as a “model” for his own choices. 

Pope to text message World Youth Day pilgrims

May 8, 2008 - 05:08 am .- This July, Pope Benedict XVI will text message thousands of Catholic pilgrims at World Youth Day, sending messages of hope and inspiration directly to young people through the latest technological medium.

University administrator placed on leave for column critical of homosexuality

May 8, 2008 - 03:01 am .- An administrator at the University of Toledo has been placed on paid administrative leave after writing a column in a local paper that argued against including homosexuals as “civil rights victims” and characterized homosexuality as a lifestyle choice.  

Padre Pio shrine could top Lourdes in visitors

May 8, 2008 - 01:37 am .- An Italian business magazine is claiming that the shrine dedicated to St. Padre Pio has become a bigger attraction than Lourdes, now that the saint’s body has been put on display.

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