Archive of April 17, 2009

Holy See spokesman condemns attack against Bolivian cardinal’s residence

Apr 17, 2009 - 10:29 pm .- The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, has condemned the attack on the home of the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, and said it was a “grave act” that reveals “unacceptable violence.”

Palin encourages ‘culture of life’ at pro-life charity banquet

Apr 17, 2009 - 06:31 pm .- Addressing the largest U.S. Right to Life banquet, Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin spoke of the miracle of life and urged the audience to speak out on pro-life issues.

Archbishop calls for Day Against Child Slavery to be dedicated to memory of Catholic boy

Apr 17, 2009 - 05:20 pm .- In a recent pastoral letter, the Coadjutor Archbishop of Sevilla and the Apostolic Administrator of Cordoba, Juan Jose Ansenjo Pelegrina, called for “the eradication of child slavery” and said April 16 “should be declared the International Day Against Child Slavery throughout the world” in memory of the Pakistani boy Iqbal Masih, who was killed in 1995.

Archbishop reminds protesting Chilean workers of moral failure in economic crisis

Apr 17, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati of Concepcion in Chile said this week the global economic crisis has profound moral roots and that economic leaders around the world should “use their intelligence to seek the truth that leads to true development.”

Venezuelan bishop: 'I am not afraid of threats'

Apr 17, 2009 - 12:50 pm .- Bishop Rafael Conde of Maracay in Venezuela rejected threats made against him this week by members of the party of President Hugo Chavez and said the bishops in that country would continue working without fear to achieve a climate of dialogue.

Belgian ambassador to Holy See told to condemn Pope's condom remarks

Apr 17, 2009 - 10:53 am .- Wednesday, April 15 saw an unusual meeting take place as the Ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See delivered an official condemnation of the Pope's remarks on the use of condoms to prevent AIDS in Africa from his country's House of Representatives.

Pope’s childhood home on display to mark his 82nd birthday

Apr 17, 2009 - 10:31 am .- In order to mark Pope Benedict XVI’s 82nd birthday, which he celebrated on Thursday, a special exhibit was inaugurated at the home where the Pontiff was born in Marktl am Inn, Germany. 

John Paul II’s ‘Rule’ for married couples discovered, published by newspaper

Apr 17, 2009 - 09:45 am .- In its Thursday printed edition, the Italian daily Il Messagero published an unknown booklet written by Cardinal Karol Wojtyla in 1968 to help married couples in his Polish diocese implement the Encyclical “Humanae Vitae,” released that same year by Pope Paul VI.

Notre Dame alumni withholding donations in protest

Apr 17, 2009 - 06:35 am .- A coalition of alumni and financial supporters of the University of Notre Dame have launched an effort to withhold donations until university president Rev. John Jenkins, CSC, is replaced. The coalition claimed Fr. Jenkins’ decision to honor President Barack Obama and “other regrettable decisions over the years” showed his judgment to be questionable.

U.S. Bishops urge Obama not to blame migrants for border violence

Apr 17, 2009 - 04:03 am .- The U.S. Conference of Bishops released a statement today asking President Obama to consider that “migrants are not responsible for the drug violence” on the border. Bishop Wester said that “criminals, smugglers, corrupt officials and drug and arms dealers on both sides” of the border are the cause of violence, not those seeking jobs in the United States.

Parish choir singer Susan Boyle becomes overnight sensation

Apr 17, 2009 - 03:11 am .- A middle-aged Scottish woman who sang in her Catholic parish’s choir for decades has become an internet sensation after a stunning performance on a British talent show.

Colleagues praise life of Thomas Aquinas College president

Apr 17, 2009 - 01:00 am .- Friends and admirers of Thomas Aquinas College president Thomas Dillon gave thanks for his life’s work and expressed condolences to his family following news of his death in a car accident in Ireland.

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