Mar 15, 2010 - 11:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, invited the faithful to spiritually prepare for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Spanish city on November 7. He also said the visit, during which the Holy Father will consecrate the Church of the Holy Family, would highlight the centrality of marriage and the family.
Mar 15, 2010 - 11:03 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI released his message for the 25th World Youth Day celebration on Monday. He invites the young people of the world to realize their vocations and, instead of turning away disappointed as the young rich man in Mark's Gospel, to follow Jesus with courage.
Mar 15, 2010 - 07:45 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, said this week the country’s Supreme Court should overrule the “perverse law” allowing homosexual unions and should protect the right of children to have a father and a mother. Father Valdemar made his comments after the first so-called homosexual marriage took place in the Mexican capital.
Mar 15, 2010 - 06:41 pm .- In a statement Monday, Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that the U.S. bishops are now opposing the current Senate health care bill because the cost “is too high” and “the loss too great” for it to be supported. Cardinal George also expressed concern with the Catholic Health Association's support the bill.
Mar 15, 2010 - 05:16 pm .- Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo called on priests and seminarians to reverse “the vocational winter” by encouraging young people who feel the Lord’s call to respond with generosity and with the conviction that He will fulfill all of their expectations.
Mar 15, 2010 - 04:38 pm .- "Unity is a gift that can be given to us only by God" the Holy Father told the Lutheran Community of Rome this weekend. The Pope made this the focus of his homily to the community, highlighting common elements between Lutherans and Catholics but also expressing sadness for the Churches' continued disunity.
Mar 15, 2010 - 03:21 pm .- The president of Professionals for Ethics in the Spanish region of Catalonia, Ramon Novella, denounced a plan by the Catalonian government, pharmacy schools and the company Durex to promote condoms among young people.
Mar 15, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- Numerous bishops in Chile are reporting on the amount of damage that many of the churches in the country are facing following the February 27 earthquake. Nearly 90 percent of Chile’s churches have been damaged or destroyed, including many historic national monuments.
Mar 15, 2010 - 12:14 pm .- In an article titled "The rigor of Benedict XVI against the filth in the Church," Bishop Giuseppe Versaldi of Alessandria, Italy defended the "rigor" of the Holy Father in fighting sexual abuse within the Church. It is "ungenerous," he wrote, to deny the "open and decided battle" he and the Church are leading against these crimes.
Mar 15, 2010 - 10:45 am .- Meeting with Sudanese bishops on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI urged them to always look to the Gospel for the principles necessary "to shape your preaching and teaching, your judgments and actions" in working to help restore peace.
Mar 15, 2010 - 10:17 am .- Jadranka Kosor, prime minister of the Republic of Croatia met with the Holy Father on Saturday morning. Following her meeting with the Pope, Prime Minister Kosor met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.
Mar 15, 2010 - 06:18 am .- In his weekly column for the Denver Catholic Register, the Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., says the Senate health-care bill does not meet minimum moral standards and therefore, doesn’t have the support of the Catholic bishops.