Mar 22, 2010 - 11:05 pm .- Gian Vian, the director of L'Osservatore Romano responded last week to an article written by a Swiss priest and theologian aimed at discrediting the Pope and German hierarchy. Vian described the article as “mediocre and of terrible taste” and noted that “it wouldn't deserve a response but as the attacks of the Pontiff are direct and explicit it might be opportune to say some words."
Mar 22, 2010 - 09:58 pm .- In a press release last week titled, “The Church, Between Trust and Mistrust,” the Archdiocese of Acapulco in Mexico underscored Pope Benedict XVI’s firm rejection of clerical sex abuse and condemned the media campaign attacking the Catholic Church.
Mar 22, 2010 - 07:20 pm .- The executive order promised to reassure pro-life Democrats about the health care reform bill is inadequate and does not address several other pro-abortion provisions, several pro-life groups have charged.
Mar 22, 2010 - 06:05 pm .- Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez met last week with the Executive Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, led by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires. During the meeting, the bishops gave her a copy of their recently released statement, “The Homeland is a Gift, the Nation is a Task."
Mar 22, 2010 - 05:14 pm .- In his weekly column for the Denver Catholic Register, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Denver lists several “lessons” Catholics can take from the the health care debates over the past several months. He notes that the legislation “remains unethical and defective” and expresses his disappointment at the Catholic Health Association's “damaging” efforts in opposing the bishops and supporting the bill.
Mar 22, 2010 - 04:52 pm .- Following last week's announcement that a commission is being formed to investigate possible Marian apparitions at Medjugorje, a typically well-informed Vatican journalist has reported that a new diocese could be formed in the area to include the Bosnian city. Taking territory currently under the jurisdiction of three other dioceses, including Mostar, where Medjugorje is located, the diocese would “permit a better administration of the flow of pilgrims.”
Mar 22, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- The Pope’s schedule for Holy Week was released by the Holy See on March 22. One unusual addition to the calendar is a special collection on Holy Thursday for the formation of priests in Haiti.
Mar 22, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will present a new statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to Chile during this week’s Wednesday General Audience. The statue will travel throughout the country bringing consolation to those suffering from the devastating February 27 earthquake.
Mar 22, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- After having heard the rendition of Franz Joseph Haydn's "The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross " last Friday, Pope Benedict XVI called it "an example among the most sublime, in the musical field, of how art and faith can be wedded." The “austere beauty” of the composition was fitting for the solemnity, he observed, adding that it is well adapted to the Lenten season.
Mar 22, 2010 - 11:56 am .- In an interview with CNA, the president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya reiterated the need for a democratic change in Cuba and called on the international community to support this peaceful struggle without ideological bias.
Mar 22, 2010 - 11:06 am .- Meeting with bishops from Burkina Faso and Niger on Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged advancement on the countries' history of more than a century of evangelization. He urged them to continue building on existing missionary work and inter-religious relations.