Archive of September 28, 2009

Argentinean archbishop explains how Church defends dignity of women

Sep 28, 2009 - 11:01 pm .- Addressing the more than 40,000 faithful gathered outside the cathedral for a Mass honoring Our Lady of Mercy, the patroness of the archdiocese, Archbishop Luis Villalba of Tucuman in Argentina said the Church defends the dignity of women and denounces attacks against them. 

Iowans remember Pope John Paul II’s 1979 visit

Sep 28, 2009 - 09:24 pm .- Thirty years after Pope John Paul II’s visit to Iowa, residents are remembering the event when an estimated 340,000 pilgrims, the largest crowd in Iowa’s history, gathered on the grounds of Living History Farms in Urbandale.Mary Jane Pray, 92, sang in a choir that day.

Bishops deplore electronic bingo and instant divorce bills in Brazil

Sep 28, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- The Pastoral Council of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil, issued a statement Friday expressing its rejection of various measures moving through the Brazilian Congress that would legalize electronic bingo and another that would eliminate the one year separation period required before spouses could get a divorce.

Vietnam officials continue confiscation of church land

Sep 28, 2009 - 07:45 pm .- Amid a continuing smear campaign against Catholics, local Vietnamese officials have confiscated a Catholic school while other church land has been appropriated for private investors. Catholics have protested the action and are facing down bulldozers in defense of a large statue of the Virgin Mary.

Respond to the vocation God gives you, Pope urges young people

Sep 28, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- A sea of young people listened to Pope Benedict on Monday morning as he challenged them to meet Jesus, place their hope in Him and respond to the vocation that He places on their hearts. In turn, young Catholics must become messengers of hope to the world, the Holy Father said.

Archdiocese of Madrid: Laicized married priests cannot exercise ministry

Sep 28, 2009 - 03:28 pm .- The Archdiocese of Madrid issued a statement Friday explaining that laicized or married priests cannot exercise their ministry. The clarification was made in response to some media reports that said married priests would be celebrating Mass.

Relic of True Cross stolen from monastery outside Madrid

Sep 28, 2009 - 01:49 pm .- The Spanish daily La Razon reported this week that a relic of the Holy Cross was stolen from the Benedictine Monastery of the Valley of the Fallen, which had been in possession of the precious relic since 1960.

Have courage to prefer holiness to worldly power, Pope tells Czechs

Sep 28, 2009 - 11:10 am .- On Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the national feast day of St. Wenceslas, the patron of the Czech Republic. Contrasting the example of “good King Wenceslas” with the sad history of the  the last century, the Pope said that holiness is the only solution to mankind's longing for fulfillment and happiness.

Priests from 75 countries on international retreat at Cure of Ars shrine

Sep 28, 2009 - 10:10 am .- More than 1,200 priests from 75 countries are participating in an international retreat September 27 to October 6 in the hometown of St. Jean Marie Vianney at the Shrine of Ars as part of the Year for Priests.

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