Archive of July 16, 2008

Thousands of Canadians pray and venerate relics of Pier Giorgio Frassati

Jul 16, 2008 - 11:01 pm .- A thousand young people from Canada gathered at the Cathedral of Saint Mary in Sydney to venerate the relics of Pier Giorgio Frassati, an Italian blessed who died before reaching the age of 24 and who is one of the 10 patron saints of WYD 2008.

Without the Church, there’s no way we can have a lasting, personal relationship with the true Jesus, says archbishop

Jul 16, 2008 - 10:18 pm .- World Youth Day pilgrims attended catechetical sessions on the theme: "The Holy Spirit, soul of the Church" throughout Sydney, Australia on Thursday morning. In one address to young people, Denver, Colorado's Archbishop Charles Chaput stressed that,“Without the Church, there’s no way we can have a lasting, personal relationship with the true Jesus Christ.”

Bishop Fischer’s comments on sex abuse case criticized, cardinal responds

Jul 16, 2008 - 09:42 pm .- Bishop Anthony Fisher, the auxiliary bishop of Sydney and coordinator of World Youth Day, is under fire for his remarks about World Youth Day being overshadowed by “old wounds” related to clerical sexual abuse. Cardinal Pell, the archbishop of Sydney, has responded to the situation by repeating his apology about the case in question.

Pro-lifers reject minor changes to pro-abortion Constitution in Ecuador

Jul 16, 2008 - 09:04 pm .- The president of the Familia y Futuro Foundation, Sonia Maria Crespo, denounced Ecuador’s Constitutional Assembly this week for not guaranteeing the right to life from the moment of conception in the country’s new Constitution and for making insufficient changes to the draft constitution.

Vatican requests exhumation of Cardinal Newman’s remains

Jul 16, 2008 - 08:26 pm .- The exhumation of Venerable John Henry Cardinal Newman has been requested by the Vatican to make veneration easier for his devotees. The prominent nineteenth-century convert from the Church of England is being considered for beatification, the last step before he is declared a saint.

Cardinal Kasper wishes unity for Anglicans as Lambeth Conference begins

Jul 16, 2008 - 06:45 pm .- On the occasion of the opening of the Lambeth Conference in England this evening, Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Christian unity, expressed hope that the Anglican Communion would have a fruitful meeting that would prevent schism within the denomination.

Pope Benedict holds emotional encounter with terminally ill police officer

Jul 16, 2008 - 04:00 pm .- After resting two days at the Opus Dei Center in the Australian Blue Mountains, Pope Benedict XVI held an emotional encounter with members of his security team there, including one terminally-ill police officer, before leaving for Sydney.

Holy See to define canonical status of former bishop elected president

Jul 16, 2008 - 02:47 pm .- Bishop Claudio Jimenez of Caacupe said Tuesday the Bishops Conference of Paraguay hopes the Vatican will define the canonical status of former bishop Fernando Lugo, who has been elected president of Paraguay, “by the end of the month.”

Professor who threatened desecration claims to have consecrated Hosts

Jul 16, 2008 - 01:11 pm .- University of Minnesota Morris biology professor and science blogger Dr. Paul Zachary Myers, who last week threatened to desecrate the Eucharist and to broadcast the act on the internet, says he has acquired Eucharistic Hosts consecrated at a Catholic Mass.

'Reformed Catholic Church' backed by Chavez, says Venezuelan bishop

Jul 16, 2008 - 12:33 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Lückert, vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, told a local radio station this week that the recently created “Reformed Catholic Church” which says it supports President Hugo Chavez is backed by the government.

Benedict XVI appoints two auxiliary bishops to the same diocese

Jul 16, 2008 - 09:58 am .- The Canadian Diocese of Sault Ste-Marie received a rare gift today from Pope Benedict XVI, not just one but two auxiliary bishops. The two bishops-elect are Father Noël Simard and Father Brian Dunn.

Archbishop Chaput urges Sydney youth to shun ‘part-time Christianity’

Jul 16, 2008 - 07:34 am .- Charles J. Chaput, the Archbishop of Denver, spoke in Sydney on Wednesday night at a Theology on Tap session as part of a World Youth Day Youth Festival Event. In a speech which will be broadcast on the Australian television station Channel Nine, he exhorted young Catholics to avoid living a double life of “part-time Christianity,” and to know and love Christ “like our lives depend on it.”

Soccer pro retires to pursue Catholic priesthood

Jul 16, 2008 - 06:01 am .- A professional soccer player in Massachusetts has retired from the sport to enter a Catholic seminary, saying he is “moving on to something much greater.”

Minnesota professor repeats threat of Eucharistic desecration

Jul 16, 2008 - 03:58 am .- University of Minnesota at Morris biology professor P.Z. Myers has repeated his threat to desecrate the Eucharist, saying “I have to do something. I’m not going to just let this disappear.”

Pilgrims treated to a 'Great Australian Barbeque'

Jul 16, 2008 - 03:53 am .- Around Sydney, pilgrims were given a taste of Australian culture with the WYD Big Aussie BBQ. Taking place at more than 200 venues, over 220,000 slices of Tip Top “Daily Bread” were served with sausages and tomato sauce.

Pope receives an unsual delegation: a koala, kangaroo and python

Jul 16, 2008 - 03:43 am .- Pope Benedict XVI held an unsual audience on Wednesday morning--a meeting with a koala, red-necked wallaby joey and other iconic Australian animals at the Kenthurst Study Centre.

How is the Holy Spirit calling you? asks Bishop Pepe

Jul 16, 2008 - 02:08 am .- Around 400 youth packed St. Benedict's Church to hear Bishop Joseph Pepe of Las Vegas, Nevada deliver a catechesis on the Holy Spirit on Wednesday morning. The bishop challenged the youth to ask how the Holy Spirit is calling them vocationally. 

International Criminal Court’s indictment of president has divided Sudan, bishop says

Jul 16, 2008 - 01:10 am .- A Sudanese Catholic bishop has said that the International Criminal Court’s decision to indict Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir for genocide and for crimes against humanity has divided the country. While those in conflict-torn Darfur are happy with the move, demonstrations in support of the president have broken out in Khartoum and in other parts of the country.

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