Sep 16, 2009 - 09:38 pm .- During Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Tuesday, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone called on the bishops present “to be holy in order to infect all those entrusted to us with the love of Christ.”
Sep 16, 2009 - 08:17 pm .- Amidst a sea of young people gathered at the Cathedral of Almudena in Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela presided at the beginning of the pilgrimage of the World Youth Day Cross and pointed out that the Cross is a scandal for some who reject it because they do not understand its significance.
Sep 16, 2009 - 05:08 pm .- The Catholic and Anglican bishops of Pakistan have written to the country’s president demanding an inquiry after a young Christian man died under suspicious circumstances in police custody. The man’s relationship with a Muslim woman sparked anti-Christian riots after the woman’s disapproving mother accused him of blasphemy.
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:43 pm .- In what critics are characterizing as the “criminalization of prayer,” a principal and an athletic director at a Florida high school are facing criminal contempt charges for violating a federal order prohibiting prayer at school events.
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:09 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina is questioning the attitude of parents and night club owners, whom he called “merchants without souls,” amidst the growing problem of alcohol abuse and related violence by young people in the neighborhoods of Buenos Aires.
Sep 16, 2009 - 02:08 pm .- In a ceremony today, the Grand Duke of Luxembourg was awarded the Van Thuan Prize, an award given to those who have distinguished themselves in the promotion and defense of human rights.
Sep 16, 2009 - 12:27 pm .- The secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, said this week the proclamation of the word of God is an undeniable task that priests must carry out with dignity and wisdom, to show Christ to others. It is a mission that leaves no room for subjective views of the Lord or relativism, he said.
Sep 16, 2009 - 10:00 am .- This morning in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the importance of Symeon the New Theologian’s teachings on progressing in spiritual maturity. Besides book knowledge, the Eastern monk teaches about the necessity of interior purification for making spiritual progress, especially with the help of a “good spiritual father.”
Sep 16, 2009 - 05:59 am .- The Massachusetts-based broadcaster CatholicTV has announced the airing of a new movie review show staring two priests who are self-proclaimed “movie buffs.”
Sep 16, 2009 - 03:34 am .- Charging that the traditional definition of marriage is “discriminatory,” U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) has announced that he will reintroduce a bill to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The act defines marriage for federal purposes and protects states that do not recognize same-sex “marriage” from being forced to do so.
Sep 16, 2009 - 01:20 am .- A Friday outbreak of anti-Christian violence in Pakistan, which included the burning of a church, was reportedly sparked by a Muslim woman who was furious that her daughter had become romantically linked with a Christian man. The mother allegedly tore pages from a Koran and framed the young man for the deed.