Archive of December 20, 2009

Slain Irish missionary priest remembered in Kenya

Dec 20, 2009 - 07:49 pm .- The memorial Mass for Fr. Jerry Roche, an Irish priest slain by burglars in Kenya, was held on Thursday. The Mass was attended by five bishops, the entire fraternity of the Kiltegan Fathers, scores of priests and religious and thousands of other Christians.

Archbishop Nienstedt preaches joy and conversion to prison inmates

Dec 20, 2009 - 02:29 pm .- Tim O’Meara, 50, heartily shook Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, Most Rev. John Nienstedt’s hand and grinned broadly, his excitement transparent. He had been anticipating the archbishop’s visit for a while, he said. O’Meara is one of about 990 men who are currently in the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City. Arch­bishop Nienstedt celebrated Mass and visited with inmates Dec. 15.

Benedict XVI names new primate for Polish Catholics

Dec 20, 2009 - 12:33 pm .- After Sunday's Angelus in Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI congratulated the new primate of the Polish church, Archbishop Henryk Muszynski.  The archbishop takes the place of Cardinal Jozef Glemp.

Vatican newspaper helps build school in Africa

Dec 20, 2009 - 12:23 pm .- After the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI sent a "cordial greeting" out to the employees of the Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano.  Personnel from the paper are taking part in a special Advent initiative to raise funds to build a school in Africa.

Christmas is God's answer to drama of humanity, Pope declares

Dec 20, 2009 - 12:19 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI led the Angelus from the window of his Vatican chambers on this crisp, clear winter morning of the fourth Sunday of Advent in Rome.  In his pre-Angelus address to thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, he echoed the words of the prophet Micah in Sunday´s liturgy, inviting the world to look to Bethlehem for peace.

Church to celebrate feast of first martyr

Dec 20, 2009 - 05:16 am .- On Saturday, December 26, the universal church will commemorate the death of St. Stephen, the first man to give his life in witness to the Faith.

Pope Benedict’s environmentalism concerned with the ‘ecology of man,’ Vatican observer writes

Dec 20, 2009 - 04:02 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s so-called “green revolution” differs in key ways from parts of the environmentalist movement, Vatican expert Sandro Magister says. While some forms of environmentalism place nature first in relation to mankind, he explains that the Pope has as his priority the “ecology of Man” in relation to God.

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