Archive of May 12, 2009

One year later, Bishop Wester notes ‘human cost’ of Postville immigration raid

May 12, 2009 - 10:04 pm .- Marking the anniversary of the May 12, 2008 immigration raid in Postville, Iowa, the Catholic bishop who heads the U.S. bishops’ immigration committee said the anniversary was a "disturbing reminder" of the "human cost" of enforcement actions. He also called for the reform of national immigration policies.

Christian Liberation Movement denounces repression of members in Cuba

May 12, 2009 - 08:09 pm .- Representatives of the Christian Liberation Movement in Spain have denounced the harassment that its members are suffering in Cuba due to the growing acceptance of the Varela Project by Cubans.

Sweden allows sex-selective abortions

May 12, 2009 - 06:02 pm .- Sweden, which legalized abortion in 1938, has taken its abortion extremism one step further by legalizing “gender based” abortion which allows a mother to decide to abort her baby solely due to his or her sex.

Pope Benedict’s national Holocaust memorial speech defended against critics

May 12, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks at Israel’s national Holocaust memorial, despite saying such an "atrocity" as the Holocaust should never "disgrace mankind again," drew criticisms from several Israeli sources who complained that the Pontiff did not express enough remorse for the Nazi genocide of Jews.

Cardinal Cipriani emphasizes ‘chastity is a gift’

May 12, 2009 - 03:51 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, said this weekend that chastity is a "gift" and "not a repression, as some are saying," in reference to the scandal involving a famous Miami priest caught with a woman.

Holy Father to grant plenary indulgences for the Year of Priests

May 12, 2009 - 01:47 pm .- The Vatican has announced that during the Year for Priests, which will run June 19, 2009 – June 19, 2010, the Pope Benedict will grant plenary indulgences to priests and the faithful.

Priests for Life call ND seniors to send ‘one final response’

May 12, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- This week, several seniors from the University of Notre Dame announced they will not be attending their commencement ceremony, and called on others to show "one final response" to President Obama’s invitation by not showing up. An alternative vigil representing the "true spirit of Notre Dame," will take place at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes and will be presided over by Fr. Frank Pavone.

Jerusalem must fulfill its 'vocation' as a city of peace, urges Pope

May 12, 2009 - 10:34 am .- Mass at the foot of the Mount of Olives began on Tuesday afternoon with Archbishop Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, welcoming Pope Benedict and urging greater attention be paid to the suffering of Christians in the Holy Land. In his homily, the Pope said that Jerusalem must fulfill its "universal vocation" and become a "city of peace."

Pro-life foundation denounces promotion of morning-after pill in Spain

May 12, 2009 - 10:01 am .- The director of the Life Foundation in Spain, Manuel Cruz, denounced the country’s Minister of Health, Trinity Jimenez, for distributing the morning-after pill without a prescription in an attempt to “publicize the new abortion law.”

Love key to vibrant Christian presence in Holy Land, Benedict XVI says

May 12, 2009 - 08:53 am .- Bishops from the Holy Land gathered Tuesday afternoon with Pope Benedict in the room where, according to tradition, Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. The Holy Father, returning to his message of peace, encouraged Christians in the Holy Land to accept the gift of God's love, which will ensure a vibrant Christian presence.

Pope brings hopes and sufferings to Western Wall

May 12, 2009 - 05:54 am .- Just a few minutes after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to the Western Wall, known as the “Wailing Wall,” and placed a prayer in the wall asking for peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East.

Pope calls attention to fate of 'human family' at Dome of the Rock

May 12, 2009 - 05:41 am .- The Dome of the Rock, a sacred site for Muslims, Christians and Jews, was visited by Pope Benedict on Tuesday morning. During his visit the Pope emphasized that everyone must realize that they are “fundamentally interrelated,” and therefore must use reason and freedom to promote the love of God and neighbor.

Seminarian recalls spirit of Irish priests from his youth in Nigeria

May 12, 2009 - 04:58 am .- Long before he was ordained a deacon a year ago, Idongesit Etim delivered his first homilies, at his home parish in Obio-Offot, Nigeria.  Although English is Nigeria's official language, some parishioners at St. Mary's Church only understood Ibibio, one of the country's major languages, so young Idongesit was called on to interpret the words of the Irish missionary priests that staffed the parish. "I joke that I'm black Irish," Etim says.

Texas priest recovering from critical after-Mass stabbing

May 12, 2009 - 04:31 am .- A priest who was critically stabbed just after a Friday morning Mass in a town near Corpus Christi is recovering. His bishop has called for prayers for both the priest and his attacker.

Maine diocese responds to state’s same-sex ‘marriage’ decision

May 12, 2009 - 02:31 am .- Bishop Richard Malone of Portland, Maine released a statement after the state’s governor signed a bill to redefine marriage in the state.  The prelate expressed his disappointment in the decision and noted that same-sex “marriage” will have “negative consequences for society.”

Christopher West’s ideas on sexuality ignore ‘tremendous dangers,’ Alice von Hildebrand says

May 12, 2009 - 12:48 am .- Renowned Catholic thinker Dr. Alice von Hildebrand has criticized Theology of the Body speaker Christopher West, saying his approach has become too self-assured. She criticized his presentations as irreverent and insensitive to the “tremendous dangers” of concupiscence.

Follow us:

Check out Catholic News Agency Polls on LockerDome on LockerDome