Archive of March 25, 2010

Bishops call on Pakistani government to combat anti-Christian persecution

Mar 25, 2010 - 10:07 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Pakistan, Archbishop Lawrence Saldanha, has condemned the recent anti-Christian attacks in the country and called for “action,” not only “words” from the government “to defend Christians.”

USCCB communications department to undergo reorganization

Mar 25, 2010 - 09:01 pm .- On Thursday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' communications office released a statement detailing changes that the department will soon undergo.  The reorganization efforts include two new offices, additional staff to oversee Spanish language translations and the use of Web 2.0.

Stable family life essential to healthy society, Pope emphasizes to Nordic bishops

Mar 25, 2010 - 07:53 pm .- Meeting with the bishops of Scandinavia this morning on the occasion of their "ad limina" visit, the Holy Father placed particular emphasis on the centrality of the family to maintaining a healthy society.  As "the first and indispensable teacher of peace," he said, it is of interest to the entire population "to defend and promote stable family life."

Commission notes urgency of unity in Chinese Catholic Church

Mar 25, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- A joint Vatican-Chinese commission to discuss the matter of formation of priests and religious within the Church of China wrapped up three days of meetings on Wednesday. Among the conclusions of the sessions was the need for "concrete steps" in the Chinese Church to create unity between clergy and the faithful.

Human life under attack in Peru, cardinal warns

Mar 25, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, warned this week that human life from the moment of conception is under attack in Peru through the country's "actions and policies such as abortion and artificial contraception, which are massively promoted as a health policy.”  However in reality, he explained, they “attack the dignity of the human person.”

Iraqi youth use technology to join celebrations in St. Peter's Square

Mar 25, 2010 - 04:22 pm .- Fr. Rayan P. Atto's parish in Mar Qardagh ad Erbil, Iraq will be "present" for the Pope's celebration for World Youth Day 2010 (WYD) from the Holy See on Thursday evening. The priest said that for his Chaldean Catholic community, spiritual commuion with other youth preparing for WYD has become a tradition.

Holy Father accepts no excuses for clerical abuse, affirms cardinal

Mar 25, 2010 - 01:56 pm .- The president of the Italian bishops’ conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, remarked this week that in the Holy Father's pastoral letter to Irish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI teaches the faithful to not fear the truth about the sexual abuse of minors by priests.  Likewise the Pontiff underscores his firm decision to confront this issue without excuses or cover-ups.

Pilgrims to Shroud of Turin will see a 'mirror of the Gospel,' Cardinal Poletto says

Mar 25, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- Cardinal Severino Poletto, custodian of the Holy Shroud and Archbishop of Turin, was in Rome on Thursday morning to officially present plans and progress at a press conference for the Shroud's exposition this spring. He emphasized the "spiritual" benefits that will be provided to pilgrims through their contemplation of the image.

Many artists desire to renew partnership with the Church, Vatican official affirms

Mar 25, 2010 - 12:06 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, noted this week that during Pope Benedict XVI’s most recent meeting with artists, several specifically asked for the Church to renew her partnerships with artists.

Vatican records from World War II era now online

Mar 25, 2010 - 10:32 am .- The Holy See announced today that documents that had only been available in hard-copy in libraries are now available online through the Vatican's website. The new records "represent a documentary resource of inestimable value that is now at the disposal of scholars and all interested persons," the Vatican said.

Fr. Lombardi explains Vatican response to sexual abuse by Wisconsin priest

Mar 25, 2010 - 10:10 am .- The New York Times printed an article on Wednesday in which they alleged that in the 1990s the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), then Cardinal Ratzinger, did not respond to letters of a Wisconsin bishop on the matter of a sexually abusive priest. In an official response to the Times for the article, Fr. Federico Lombardi addressed the specific case and the CDF response.

Rep. Smith sees Google's China decision as boost for human rights

Mar 25, 2010 - 07:51 am .- In a congressional statement on Wednesday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) praised the internet company Google for its decision to stop censoring search results for requests from China. The Congressman described the decision as "an important boost of encouragement for millions of Chinese human rights activists and political and religious dissidents.”

Archbishop Beuchlein, facing tumor surgery, reflects on the nature of illness

Mar 25, 2010 - 06:41 am .- Archbishop of Indianapolis Daniel M. Beuchlein, O.S.B., will undergo surgery to remove a small tumor as a precautionary measure, he announced on Monday. He said his health problems have driven him to pray for others and to contemplate a “deeper understanding” of illness.

Pilgrims in England to walk 120 miles, bear life-sized cross

Mar 25, 2010 - 02:21 am .- During the upcoming Holy Week, pilgrims from multiple areas in England will walk 120 miles around the country carrying a life-sized wooden cross. The experience offers participants an opportunity to rejuvenate spiritually and is “intense and rewarding.”

Catholic Health Association benefits financially from new health care bill, says critic

Mar 25, 2010 - 12:51 am .- In a Catholic Advocate article on Wednesday, author Anne Hendershott criticized the Catholic Health Association's (CHA) support for the new health care bill and outlined the details of how she believes the group will benefit financially from the legislation.

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