Archive of March 3, 2010

Looting and thefts display absence of faith in God, remarks Chilean bishop

Mar 3, 2010 - 11:04 pm .- In comments to Catholic News Agency, Bishop Philip Bacarreza Rodriguez of Santa Maria de Los Angeles in Chile explained that the looting and thefts that have occurred following the earthquake on February 27, are "a further demonstration of the people's lack of Christian values,” and absence of faith.

Another Cuban prisoner of conscience faces health crisis

Mar 3, 2010 - 08:03 pm .- Family members of Cuban political prisoner Ariel Sigler Amaya, who has been hospitalized for the past five months in the country's capital of Havana, are urgently calling for support to “prevent others from dying in Cuba because of the dictatorship.”

Irish diocese clarifies request for parish donations to pay sex abuse damages

Mar 3, 2010 - 06:28 pm .- After the Diocese of Ferns received negative feedback for remarks its bishop made earlier about asking parishioners to help with sex abuse settlements, the diocese released a statement today assuring churchgoers that “Nothing definite as to how to proceed on the issue of the source of funding for future claims has yet been decided.”

Spanish exorcist addresses claims of Satanic influence in Vatican

Mar 3, 2010 - 04:20 pm .- A renowned exorcist in Rome recently released a book of memoirs in which he declares to know of the existence of Satanic sects in the Vatican where participation reaches all the way to the College of Cardinals. A second demonologist, also residing in Rome, entered the debate this week, clarifying the origins of the information and defending the Vatican's clergy as an "edifying and virtuous" collection of prelates.

Unique pro-life video demonstrates potential of the unborn

Mar 3, 2010 - 03:07 pm .- What is the potential of an unborn child who is given a chance at life? One Spanish pro-life organization has answered this question in a television commercial featuring both Mother Teresa and Jamaican Olympian Usain Bolt.

Friday Lenten meditations to begin this week at Vatican

Mar 3, 2010 - 02:22 pm .- The preacher of the Papal Household, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, will start a series of Lenten meditations at the Vatican this Friday. He will deliver a total of three talks before Easter on the theme "Dispensers of the Mystery of God. The priest, minister of the Word and the sacraments."

Vatican TV station to broadcast in HD

Mar 3, 2010 - 01:53 pm .- The Vatican Television Center will begin broadcasting from the Holy See in high definition starting in October 2010. The new mobile recording and transmission equipment is being purchased from Sony.

Cuban regime ridding itself of freedom activists, alleges Nobel Peace Prize winner

Mar 3, 2010 - 12:53 pm .- The former president of Poland and winner of the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize, Lech Walesa, sent a letter to the friends and family members of Orlando Zapata Tamayo, the Cuban prisoner of conscience who died in captivity last week. Walesa denounced the Cuban government for “silently doing away with those who call for freedom and democracy.”

St. Bonaventure is model of contemplation and action, says Benedict XVI

Mar 3, 2010 - 11:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI taught on the holy life of St. Bonaventure during the Wednesday General Audience at Paul VI Hall. Of this saint it has been said that "all who saw him were pervaded by a love that the heart could not conceal."

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Spain in November 2010

Mar 3, 2010 - 10:38 am .- The Holy Father will make a trip to Spain this year, according to announcements from both sides of the Mediterranean on Wednesday. On Nov. 6 he will be in Santiago de Compostela for the Year of St. James celebrations.  Then, on Nov. 7 he will visit Barcelona to bless Antoni Gaudi's famous and unique "Sagrada Familia" Cathedral.

Maryland proposal to fund adult stem cell research corrects focus on wrong research

Mar 3, 2010 - 06:22 am .- A proposed Maryland bill that would fund adult stem cell research for sickle cell disease has won the backing of the Maryland Catholic Conference. One official with the conference says success in unfunded adult stem cell efforts suggests that a focus on embryonic stem cells has led to “funding the wrong research.”

Chicago archdiocese opens canonization cause for first African-American priest

Mar 3, 2010 - 03:08 am .- Fr. Augustus Tolton, a man born into slavery who became the first American diocesan priest of African descent, is now being considered for canonization.

D.C. same-sex ‘marriage’ law forces Catholic Charities to end new spousal benefits

Mar 3, 2010 - 12:44 am .- Rather than cancel its partnerships with the District of Columbia, Catholic Charities of Washington, D.C. has announced that it will end health coverage for new employees’ spouses in order to comply with the requirements of a new same-sex “marriage” law.

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