Archive of February 16, 2009

Colombian bishops reaffirm their commitment to achieving peace

Feb 16, 2009 - 10:36 pm .- At the conclusion of their 86th Plenary Assembly, the bishops of Colombia issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the search for peace in the country, which has been racked by years of violence.

'Word of God, source of life,' theme of Indian bishops’ meeting

Feb 16, 2009 - 09:04 pm .- During their 21st Plenary Assembly last week, the Latin Rite bishops of India addressed the issue of the systematic attacks on the Christian community in the country and the importance of “the Word of God, the source of life for the Indian people.”

Vatican delegation arriving in Vietnam could face ‘enormous difficulties’

Feb 16, 2009 - 08:57 pm .- A Vatican diplomatic delegation began its sixteenth annual visit to Vietnam on Sunday following a year of Church-state clashes concerning the ownership of confiscated church properties. One Vietnamese priest said the delegation faces “enormous difficulties” in its planned talks with government officials.

Benedict XVI discusses building a vibrant parish, ethnic unrest with Nigerian bishops

Feb 16, 2009 - 07:44 pm .- Receiving prelates from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, the Holy Father praised the growth of Christianity in their country and noted that the expansion of the Church calls for extra attention to the training of diocesan personnel, in order to deepen the faith of people in the region.

European bishops back proposed EU law on Sunday rest

Feb 16, 2009 - 07:23 pm .- The secretariat of the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community has welcomed a proposed EU law that would safeguard Sunday as a day of rest from work.

Pope appoints Assembly for Africa leaders

Feb 16, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- The year of 2009 is shaping up to be one in which Africa is in the Vatican spotlight. Pope Benedict, besides traveling to the continent next month, announced on Saturday the leaders of a Synod of Bishops on Africa.

Twelve year-old becomes YouTube hit by explaining the tragedy of abortion

Feb 16, 2009 - 04:20 pm .- An un-named 12 year-old girl  has become a hit on YouTube because of the simplicity and eloquence with which she explains the tragedy of abortion.

Pope’s trip to Holy Land a visit of peace and reconciliation, says Nuncio to Israel

Feb 16, 2009 - 03:17 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said last week that the Pope’s upcoming visit to the Holy Land in May will make the Pontiff “a bearer of peace and reconciliation.”

‘Apostle of the Lepers,’ Spanish mystic among 10 to be canonized

Feb 16, 2009 - 02:11 pm .- Today the Vatican announced that it will recognize 10 blesseds as saints on February 21 in a ceremony at the Vatican. Among the soon-to-be canonized is Bl. Damian de Veuster, a Belgian missionary who spent much of his life in Hawaii caring for lepers.

Vatican confirms that Pelosi will have audience with the Pope

Feb 16, 2009 - 11:55 am .- On Monday at noon in Rome, the Vatican’s Press Office confirmed to CNA that Pope Benedict will be receiving U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in an audience at noon on Wednesday.

Vatican accepts Austrian Bishop-elect's request to rescind his appointment

Feb 16, 2009 - 10:51 am .- According to Austrian news sources, the Vatican on Monday accepted Fr. Gerhard Maria Wagner’s request to rescind his nomination as Auxiliary Bishop of Linz, Austria, "in the interest of and for the benefit of the diocese" and to "avoid further division in the Church."

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