Archive of February 24, 2009

Portuguese bishops reiterate that marriage can only be between man and woman

Feb 24, 2009 - 11:33 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Portugal has reaffirmed its rejection of the government’s attempts to make homosexual unions equal to traditional marriage after Socialist Prime Minister Jose Socrates Carvalho Pinto de Sousa promised he would support gay unions if re-elected.

Catholics must bear witness to faith in public life, says Cardinal Scola

Feb 24, 2009 - 10:04 pm .- The Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, explained this week that Catholics need to bear witness to their faith in public life, showing society the richness of the Gospel, where the answers man is seeking can be found.  He also noted that today many are working to silence the necessary contribution of the faithful to the world.

Finances must be used to develop nations, Argentinean archbishop says

Feb 24, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- This week, Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina remarked that the current financial crisis is due to people looking only at the short-term, when instead, the purpose of finances should be used for “the concrete development of nations.”

U.S. bishops offering Lent 2009 resources

Feb 24, 2009 - 06:08 pm .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it is offering a variety of internet resources for Catholics’ reflection and spiritual growth during Lent 2009.

Cardinal Rouco opens cause of canonization for Spanish couple

Feb 24, 2009 - 04:14 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, presided last Thursday at the opening session for the cause of canonization of the married couple Paquita Domingez Susin and Tomas Alvira Alvira.

New NY archbishop receives phone call from Obama

Feb 24, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- After being appointed the new archbishop of the Archdiocese of New York, Archbishop Timothy Dolan received a phone call yesterday from President Barack Obama who congratulated him and assured the prelate of his prayers.

Colombian archbishop laments violent death of priest

Feb 24, 2009 - 01:10 pm .- Archbishop Alberto Giraldo Jaramillo of Medellin expressed his condolences this week over the violent death of Father Juan Gonzalo Aristizabal, who was killed on February 22 by a group of unknown assailants.

Archbishop Chaput tells business leaders to ‘light the marketplace’

Feb 24, 2009 - 12:05 pm .- On Tuesday morning Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput addressed 100 business, banking and legal leaders in downtown Toronto. Noting the moral imperative to live for others, the archbishop urged them to “light the marketplace” with generosity, justice and honesty.

Spanish celebration brings to light need for evangelization in Latin America

Feb 24, 2009 - 11:37 am .- Every year the Pontifical Commission for Latin America celebrates Hispanic-American Day, which this year falls on March 1. This year, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re and Archbishop Octavio Ruiz Arenas are calling on Latin Americans to redouble their commitment to evangelization as the continent is undergoing a "crisis of faith."

New EWTN series for troubled marriages

Feb 24, 2009 - 05:46 am .- The television network EWTN in March will begin airing a television series for spouses suffering marriage problems to help them renew their marriages.

Oscar winners take swipes at Proposition 8

Feb 24, 2009 - 02:40 am .- Same-sex “marriage” and homosexual rights advocacy played a part in the Academy Awards when the movie “Milk,” about the murdered San Francisco homosexual politician Harvey Milk, took two Oscars.

Cardinal exhorts Catholics not to live the faith clandestinely

Feb 24, 2009 - 12:15 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Valencia in Spain, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, called on Catholics last week to exercise their religious freedom in public because otherwise “they condemn the living and expressing of their faith to social clandestineness, limiting their creativity and impoverishing their contribution to the common good.”

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