Archive of March 9, 2009

Archbishop calls on Venezuelans to live Lent without violence and in conversion

Mar 9, 2009 - 11:41 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, has called on Venezuelans to live this Lent as a time of conversion and reconciliation and to abandon all forms of violence.

Indian bishops publish account of persecuted Christians in Orissa

Mar 9, 2009 - 10:29 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of India has published a detailed account of Archbishop Raphael Cheenath’s description of the critical situation facing the persecuted Catholics of Kandhamal in the state of Orissa, where anti-Christian attacks have continued.

Indulgences remind us of need for salvation, says Cardinal Kasper

Mar 9, 2009 - 08:03 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, said last week that "indulgences remind us of the need for salvation, which can only come through Jesus Christ. They also remind us that the Christian life is a spiritual battle and is penitential by nature."

Cardinal Rigali: Obama stem cell order 'a sad victory of politics over science and ethics’

Mar 9, 2009 - 06:27 pm .- Following President Obama’s latest executive order lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, both Cardinal Justin Rigali and the Colorado bishops released a statement saying that the decision to lift restrictions on embryonic stem cell research shows a disregard for the dignity of human life.

Archbishop of Denver warns that Conn. bill threatens Catholics everywhere

Mar 9, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- Although the legislation in question was introduced in Connecticut, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver has issued a statement on a bill that would effectively sever the relationship between a bishop and his pastors and parishes. Archbishop Chaput says in his statement, "What Happens in Connecticut Matters Here," that the bill is "bad public policy in every sense."

Obama ESCR policy change a ‘slap in the face’ to pro-lifers, critics say

Mar 9, 2009 - 04:58 pm .- Catholic and Pro-life leaders have reacted critically to President Barack Obama’s overturning of federal restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, characterizing the policy change as a “slap in the face” to pro-lifers and arguing that scientific advancement should not come by destroying embryonic human life.

Benedict XVI thanks Cardinal Arinze for strengthening his priesthood

Mar 9, 2009 - 01:45 pm .- At the conclusion of the Roman Curia’s spiritual exercises on Saturday, Pope Benedict expressed his thanks to Cardinal Francis Arinze for guiding them through the week of meditations and helping “us to renew our priesthood.”

President Obama overturns funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research

Mar 9, 2009 - 01:13 pm .- President Barack Obama on Monday overturned federal funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, claiming that the previous limitations forced "a false choice between sound science and moral values" and arguing that the research has the potential for significant medical cures.

Rome must rediscover its soul, return to Christian roots, stresses Holy Father

Mar 9, 2009 - 12:54 pm .- This morning, Benedict XVI traveled to Rome’s Town Hall, located on the city's Capitoline Hill, where he met with Mayor Gianni Alemanno and other civic leaders.  In his address, the Holy Father spoke of the “social and economic challenges” the city is facing and encouraged Rome to rediscover its Christian roots.

Connecticut considers bill that sidelines bishops, dictates Church financial oversight

Mar 9, 2009 - 12:15 pm .- Two Connecticut legislators introduced a bill this past Thursday that has Catholics up-in-arms about the state’s apparent attempt to meddle in Church governance. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport called an emergency meeting on Friday, where he said the bill "directly attacks the structure of the Roman Catholic Church."

New stamp to commemorate papal voyage to Africa

Mar 9, 2009 - 10:21 am .- The Philatelic and Numismatic Office of the Vatican City State has announced the issuance of a special stamp commemorating the visit of the Pope Benedict XVI to Cameroon and Angola, which will take place March 17-23.

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