Archive of March 30, 2010

'Culture of fear' is stifling Cuba, writes dissident

Mar 30, 2010 - 09:41 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, sent a letter to former Polish president Lech Walesa, explaining that the “culture of fear” is seeking to stifle the Cuban people to prevent them from claiming their rights.

Reports blaming Pope for mishandled sex abuse case are inaccurate, Church judge reveals

Mar 30, 2010 - 04:43 pm .- Reports in the New York Times and other media about a Wisconsin priest who sexually abused deaf children have been “sloppy and inaccurate,” the then-judicial vicar of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has said. Correcting the public record, he said the claim Pope Benedict XVI was involved in the case is “a huge leap of logic.”

Billionaire fulfills promise to God, donates fortune to charity

Mar 30, 2010 - 01:54 pm .- Albert Gubay, an 82-year-old English billionaire has pledged all but $15 million of his $1.1 billion fortune to charity, fulfilling a promise made to God while he was still poor.

Italian bishops back Pope, deplore media attacks

Mar 30, 2010 - 12:22 pm .- In wake of the media blitz on the recent surfacing of clerical sexual abuse in Europe, the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) has released a statement encouraging Church officials to cooperate with secular authorities and police in investigating such cases. The CEI’s statement also expressed support for Pope Benedict and called for a careful selection of candidates for the priesthood to ensure full maturity at all levels.

Benedict XVI sends condolences following Moscow bombing

Mar 30, 2010 - 11:58 am .- Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev expressing solidarity with the victims of the terrorist attacks in Moscow yesterday.  According to media reports, 39 people died and more than 100 were injured when female suicide bombers detonated bombs on two Metro trains in Russia's capital city. 

U.S. bishops profoundly grateful for Pope's work in combating sexual abuse

Mar 30, 2010 - 10:15 am .- This morning the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops expressed “profound gratitude” for the assistance that Pope Benedict XVI has given the bishops in their “efforts to respond to victims, deal with perpetrators and to create safe environments for children.” The statement comes in the midst of numerous media reports attempting to link the Pope to mishandling of sex abuse cases.

Port-au-Prince seminary to reopen after Holy Week

Mar 30, 2010 - 10:11 am .- Archbishop Louis Kebreau of Cap-Hatien and president of the Haitian Bishops’ Conference, made the announcement that following Holy Week, the Port-au-Prince seminary will resume its activities interrupted by the country's January 12 earthquake.

Pope Benedict being 'scourged at the pillar,' says New York archbishop

Mar 30, 2010 - 06:22 am .- In remarks following Palm Sunday Mass, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York urged Catholics “to express our love and solidarity” for Pope Benedict, who, given the recent media onslaught over sex abuse allegations, is “now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus.”

Philippines bishops disapprove of Holy Week self-crucifixion and flagellation

Mar 30, 2010 - 03:15 am .- Responding to acts of extreme corporal mortification during Holy Week, Catholic bishops in the Philippines have discouraged practices such as self-flagellation and crucifixion in favor of more moderate observances.

PepsiCo shareholder proposal seeks accountability in funding for homosexual causes

Mar 30, 2010 - 12:41 am .- Shareholders of PepsiCo should vote for a shareholder proposal that the food, drink and snack company disclose its standards for donating over $75 million in corporate assets to controversial groups such as those advocating homosexual causes, an ex-gay group says.

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