Archive of February 15, 2010

Pastoral dialogue with Colombian rebels is part of Church's mission, state bishops

Feb 15, 2010 - 10:54 pm .- During their 88th Plenary Assembly, the bishops of Colombia clarified that strictly pastoral dialogue with rebel groups in the country does not require permission from the government.

Catholic family suffers arson attack in Pakistan, police join harassment

Feb 15, 2010 - 10:16 pm .- A Catholic family in a Pakistani village has suffered from threats by Muslim neighbors, culminating in their house being burned to the ground.

Haitian days of mourning bring together whole capital

Feb 15, 2010 - 08:54 pm .- Haitians have remembered the victims of January’s devastating earthquake with three days of mourning and fasting. Stores, gas stations and banks have closed down and the roads have been emptied to make way for the event’s processions.

Dominican courts mock country by freeing criminals, laments cardinal

Feb 15, 2010 - 06:52 pm .- Last week, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, expressed disappointment in his country's court system calling it “an embarrassment that drug lords operate at will in the Dominican Republic.” He added that “many military leaders and judges are making a mockery of the Dominican people” by releasing criminals who were jailed for various felonies.

Cardinal Stepinac, martyred 50 years ago, remains 'hero' in Croatia

Feb 15, 2010 - 05:34 pm .- Cardinal William Joseph Levada celebrated Mass for the 50th anniversary of the martyrdom of Croatian Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac last Wednesday at the church of St. Girolamo in Rome. In his homily, Cardinal Levada spoke of the fortitude and heroism of the 20th century martyr.

Spanish cardinal calls on Catholics to assist poor during Lent

Feb 15, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona encouraged Catholics in Spain to seek God in the poor and needy this Lent.

Archbishop Gomez urges laity to evangelize 'de-Christianized' American culture

Feb 15, 2010 - 02:15 pm .- Archbishop José H. Gomez of San Antonio issued his third pastoral letter today, urging the laity to embrace the task of evangelization, calling it “the duty of every believer.” The task of evangelization is all the more necessary because of the “de-Christianized” American culture, he said.

Ecumenical symposium working towards 'full and visible communion' meets

Feb 15, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- A symposium was held in Rome last week to discuss issues presented in a recently released book on "important questions for the future direction and content of ecumenical discussion." The book features the results of 40 years of bilateral dialogues between the Catholic Church and four Christian denominations.

Bolivian archbishop asks Catholics to avoid excessive Carnival celebrations

Feb 15, 2010 - 01:03 pm .- Archbishop Tito Solari of Cochabamba in Bolivia has called on the faithful to avoid excessive Carnival celebrations this week. In a message to the faithful in his country, he asked Bolivians to avoid excessive alcohol consumption and to act morally and physically respectful “towards ourselves and others.”

Irish bishops must be humble and trust God, says Cardinal Bertone before summit

Feb 15, 2010 - 11:44 am .- The highly anticipated meetings between the bishops of Ireland, the Holy Father and leaders of Vatican congregations began on Monday morning. Before the first of the three closed sessions, Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone presided at Mass with the Irish bishops in the Vatican grottoes, where he called for humility and trust in God, saying "this is all the Lord expects of us."

Abuse survivors are ‘top priority’ on agenda of Irish bishops’ summit with Pope

Feb 15, 2010 - 01:58 am .- In a Sunday afternoon media briefing at the Irish College in Rome, Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy, chair of the communications commission of the Irish Bishops’ Conference, revealed details of this week’s meetings with the Pope and members of Vatican congregations. He emphasized that survivors are the “top priority” of the discussions.

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