Archive of March 26, 2010

Possible JP II miracle has not yet been examined, clarifies Vatican official

Mar 26, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, explained this week that the possible miraculous healing of a French nun attributed to the intercession of John Paul II has not yet been examined by the Vatican Medical Commission.

Legion director general hopes apology will help movement's future

Mar 26, 2010 - 09:07 pm .- Fr. Álvaro Corcuera, general director of the Legionaries of Christ, wrote a letter to Legionaries and members of the Regnum Christi Movement on March 25, explaining the intent behind a communique that was issued on Thursday that acknowledged and asked forgiveness for the “reprehensible actions” of their founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel. In the letter, Fr. Corcuera said that leaders of the order hope to “close this chapter of history and open a new one.”

More than 70,000 attend WYD meeting with Pope in St. Peter’s Square

Mar 26, 2010 - 06:51 pm .- Thursday evening’s celebration of World Youth Day (WYD) 2010 at the Vatican drew a staggering number of young people to the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica. For nearly an hour, the Holy Father held the attention of the crowd, teaching that love is the key to inheriting eternal life and that life is meant to be lived “all the way.”

Bishops of Chile announce youth prayer service for quake victims

Mar 26, 2010 - 06:05 pm .- The Chilean bishops announced this week that a special service led by young people will be held in Santiago to pray and express solidarity with all affected by the 8.8 earthquake that struck the country in February.

Legion publicly apologizes for 'reprehensible actions' of its founder

Mar 26, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- In a communique released on Thursday, the top leaders of the Legionaries of Christ acknowledged and asked forgiveness for the “reprehensible actions” of their founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel. Jim Fair, communications director for the Legion, told CNA on Friday that the communique was issued during the territorial directors annual meeting in Rome after a discussion on the current state and future of the order.

Salvadoran government asks forgiveness for death of Archbishop Romero

Mar 26, 2010 - 02:10 pm .- The president of El Salvador, Mauricio Funes, recently apologized for the March 24, 1980 murder of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador. The president noted that the death squads who carried out the murder acted in collaboration with state agents. 

Pope has no further ties to case of abusive German priest, repeats Fr. Lombardi

Mar 26, 2010 - 01:16 pm .- Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi said Friday that nothing has changed, responding to a New York Times report that claims to reveal new information about how then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was more connected to the handling of the case of a sexually abusive priest than was previously believed.

Chilean bishops announce project to bring laughter to earthquake victims

Mar 26, 2010 - 11:53 am .- The bishops of Chile have announced a new campaign sponsored by Caritas Chile that will bring happiness and laughter to the country's earthquake victims through a series of performances throughout the country.

Rep. Stupak: Speaker Pelosi had extra health care votes ‘in her pocket’

Mar 26, 2010 - 11:02 am .- The health care reform bill would have passed the House without the votes of Rep. Bart Stupak’s pro-life Democrats because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “always carries a number of votes in her pocket,” Stupak told CNA in a Thursday phone interview.

Pope discusses protecting life with president of Guatemala

Mar 26, 2010 - 10:20 am .- The Pope was smiling and looked rested during his audience with the President of Guatemala, Alvaro Colom Caballeros, on Friday morning. The discussions centered on regional issues, including the sancity of life.

Diocese of Columbus launches Facebook application to encourage vocations

Mar 26, 2010 - 07:10 am .- The Office of Vocations for the Diocese of Columbus has hired a marketing firm to develop and manage a Facebook application called Face Forward Columbus to help Catholic youth in central Ohio hear their vocation to the priesthood, religious life or marriage.

Life with Down Syndrome baby 'normal and beautiful,' says blogger

Mar 26, 2010 - 05:50 am .- Professional photographer and blogger Kelle Hampton recently discussed her experience in giving birth to a baby with Down Syndrome in January telling CNA that life for her and many other families with a disabled child is “beautiful and normal.”

White House Easter Egg Roll ticket giveaway excludes private schools, parents say

Mar 26, 2010 - 02:49 am .- The White House has announced it has reserved 3,000 free tickets for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll for Washington, D.C.-area public and charter school students, but some parents of private or parochial schoolchildren are questioning why their children were not eligible for the reserved tickets.

Settlement reached in free speech dispute between Illinois city and pro-lifers

Mar 26, 2010 - 01:12 am .- The city of Aurora, Illinois has settled a lawsuit alleging it violated the First Amendment rights of protesters of a Planned Parenthood abortion facility. Protesters had complained of conflicting legal advice from city officials and threats of mass arrests from the local police chief.

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