Archive of April 8, 2009

Entering the holiest time in the Church

Apr 8, 2009 - 11:25 pm .- As Christians prepare to celebrate Christ's resurrection at Easter, they must first remember his suffering and death, said Father Francis Nigli, pastor at St. Patrick Church in O'Neill, Nebraska.  Several liturgies during Holy Week, considered the most important week in the church's liturgical year, provide the opportunity to do so, he said.

Just after joining Catholic Church, Tony Blair questions teaching on homosexuality

Apr 8, 2009 - 08:42 pm .- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, speaking in an interview with a homosexual magazine, has advocated that Pope Benedict XVI “rethink” the Catholic position on homosexual acts.

Cardinal Egan released from hospital

Apr 8, 2009 - 06:06 pm .- Cardinal Edward Egan, the outgoing Archbishop of New York City, was released from St. Vincent’s Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Doctors felt his stomach pains had eased sufficiently to return home to rest and recover.

Top ranking Hispanic bishop criticizes Notre Dame, supports local bishop

Apr 8, 2009 - 05:52 pm .- The highest ranking Hispanic bishop in the U.S., Archbisop Jose H. Gomez, has released a letter saying Notre Dame’s invitation to President Obama is in “direct opposition” to the U.S. Bishops. The Archbishop of San Antonio’s letter, addressed to Fort Wayne- South Bend Bishop John M. D’Arcy, expresses solidarity with him and states that the Catholic Church must not send an “ambiguous message to our leaders or our people.”

CNA offering resources for the celebrating Easter

Apr 8, 2009 - 04:32 pm .- To help our readers celebrate Easter this year, CNA is providing a full list of resources focused on the Easter Triduum.

Cardinal Castrillon denies he has been asked to step down

Apr 8, 2009 - 04:07 pm .- Responding to reports in the media, the president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, said that he has not received any letter from Pope Benedict XVI asking him to step down from the post.

Oprah’s website buries Dr. Oz's ‘stem cell debate is dead’ statement

Apr 8, 2009 - 01:08 pm .- Yesterday, Dr. Mehment Oz appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show to voice his support for adult stem cell research and to argue that “the stem cell debate is dead,” but instead of giving his statement a fair hearing, Oprah’s website buried and edited Oz’s comments.

Pope plans visit to L'Aquila earthquake victims

Apr 8, 2009 - 10:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI said today at his weekly general audience that he will visit the earthquake plagued city of L'Aquila soon and that he remains in solidarity with the victims' suffering.

Trisimony 13 baby exceeding expectations, says Omaha mom

Apr 8, 2009 - 10:14 am .- John Paul Hauser, a baby featured in a February article, is doing "really, really well" and developmentally is exceeding expectations, his mother said.  Baby Hauser was born on Oct. 8, 2008, with Trisomy 13, a rare chromosomal disorder that doctors consider incompatible with life.

Holy Week is most important week of the year, Pope says

Apr 8, 2009 - 10:02 am .- Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square today to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly General Audience and catechesis.  The Holy Father discussed Holy Week, describing the period as “the most important week of the year, offering us the chance to immerse ourselves in the central events of Redemption, to relive the Easter Mystery, the great Mystery of the faith."

Scranton bishops ask Catholic higher ed to ensure fidelity in health services

Apr 8, 2009 - 06:10 am .- Following a report of contraceptives being sold at a Pennsylvania Catholic university, the bishops of the Diocese of Scranton have asked the four Catholic institutions of higher learning in the diocese to provide information on their student health services to ensure that there are no practices which would violate Catholic teaching.

Colorado contraception bill ventures into abortifacient debate

Apr 8, 2009 - 05:19 am .- A “dangerously broad” proposed Colorado law written to protect contraception in response to a “personhood amendment” ballot measure is headed to the governor’s desk for approval.

New Obama faith-based advisor described Knights of Columbus as ‘army of oppression’

Apr 8, 2009 - 04:38 am .- Several Catholics are included among President Barack Obama’s announced appointments to his advisory council on faith-based partnerships. However, the appointees also include a homosexual activist who has described the Pope as a “discredited leader” and the Knights of Columbus as “foot soldiers” of an “army of oppression” because of their opposition to same-sex “marriage.”

Catholic seminarians assured of freedom to pray outside Detroit strip club

Apr 8, 2009 - 01:47 am .- Two seminarians who were threatened with arrest for peacefully praying outside of a topless club have secured assurances from the city of Detroit that their actions are legally protected.

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