Apr 16, 2009 - 11:03 pm .- On April 29 Pope Benedict XVI will meet with a delegation of aboriginal representatives from Canada along with representatives of Canadian Catholic dioceses and religious communities. A leading Canadian archbishop expressed hope the meeting would show a “renewed partnership and a new beginning” between the Catholic and indigenous communities.
Apr 16, 2009 - 08:13 pm .- New York Gov. David Paterson on Thursday introduced a bill to permit same-sex “marriages” to be contracted in the state, claiming it to be a “civil rights issue” and the “right way” spiritually. One Democratic Senator who is organizing opposition to the measure called the bill “a laugh in the face” of New York City’s new archbishop.
Apr 16, 2009 - 06:47 pm .- In a statement issued April 15, the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia lamented “the criminal attack this morning on the residence of Cardinal Julio Terrazas in the city of Santa Cruz,” which destroyed part of the entrance but fortunately did not injure anyone.
Apr 16, 2009 - 05:15 pm .- Georgetown University’s decision to comply with a White House request to cover up the “IHS” monogram representing Jesus' name at President Obama’s speech on Wednesday is drawing fire from the Cardinal Newman Society and Georgetown students, who are charging the university with “sacrificing” its “Catholic and Jesuit identity.”
Apr 16, 2009 - 03:19 pm .- Upon receiving an award from the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone underscored the urgent need to materially and spiritually sustain Christians in the Holy Land.
Apr 16, 2009 - 01:38 pm .- As Pope Benedict celebrates his 82nd birthday today, a new children's book called “Max and Benedict” has been published in Italian and German. The book tells the story of Pope Benedict XVI’s life through the eyes of Max the sparrow, who lives in St. Peter's Square.
Apr 16, 2009 - 12:27 pm .- The Kansas-based pro-life organization “Operation Rescue” released on Wednesday a copy of a letter signed by late-term abortionist George R. Tiller, in which he stated that he personally contributed $200,000 to Pro Kan Do, a political action committee he controlled, to defeat Kathleen Sebelius' challenger in the 2002 Kansas gubernatorial race.
Apr 16, 2009 - 10:55 am .- Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Aloysius Ratzinger, is celebrating his 82nd birthday today at the papal retreat in Castel Gandalfo.
Apr 16, 2009 - 09:47 am .- Thomas Dillon, the president of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California, died yesterday in a car accident in Ireland.
Apr 16, 2009 - 07:01 am .- Allegations that four unlicensed Planned Parenthood facilities in San Antonio have been illegally performing abortions have prompted state legislators to reexamine funding for the organization and to call for legal and administrative penalties to be enforced against it.
Apr 16, 2009 - 03:56 am .- The new Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has published a short essay discussing his joy, enthusiasm, and nervousness in taking his “difficult job.” Saying he aims to be a “happy bishop,” he asked people to pray that God give him the “wisdom and courage” necessary for a faithful archbishop.
Apr 16, 2009 - 12:42 am .- Bishop of Sacramento Jaime Soto will lead a rosary procession to a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Sacramento this coming Saturday to pray for an end to an abortion and for “the conversion of our nation.”