Apr 5, 2010 - 10:57 pm .- The husband of St. Gianna Beretta Molla passed away at the age of 97 last weekend on Holy Saturday, a day that carries special significance for the Molla family. “Pietro Molla was a pillar and rock – a man of extraordinary faith, simplicity and holiness,” wrote Fr. Thomas Rosica, CEO of Salt and Light TV, on his blog. “He lived a remarkable, saintly life and like his beloved wife, Gianna, made holiness something attainable for all of us.”
Apr 5, 2010 - 09:14 pm .- Neal McDonough, a devout Catholic family man known to the American public as one of the characters from “Band of Brothers” and the bad guy on “Desperate Housewives,” has been suddenly replaced three days into the filming of ABC's new series, “Scoundrels” last week, apparently for reasons of faith and principles.
Apr 5, 2010 - 08:42 pm .- A “very rough” computer translation of a memo recounting a key Vatican meeting about a Milwaukee priest who abused deaf children appears to have skewed media attempts to implicate Pope Benedict. Contradicting the New York Times and the Associated Press, the memo shows that the Vatican never ruled out defrocking the cleric.
Apr 5, 2010 - 05:11 pm .- Carolyn E. Davis, a staff writer for Us Weekly magazine, wrote a moving column published Easter Sunday in the New York Post focusing on why she is a proud Catholic, despite recent media attacks attempting to drag down the Catholic Church.
Apr 5, 2010 - 01:55 pm .- In a statement released on his blog, the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley gave personal testimony to Pope Benedict XVI's commitment to ending sex abuse within the Church.
Apr 5, 2010 - 01:54 pm .- Ten thousand young people met in the Archdiocese of Quito in Ecuador last month and promised to remain chaste until marriage and defend life from conception to natural death.
Apr 5, 2010 - 12:26 pm .- "I'm not ashamed to say that I haven't been ashamed of being a priest," writes Italian Father Pier Giordano Cabra, responding to the "media mocking" of the Catholic Church in recent days related to its handling of clerical sex abuse. While condemning the actions of culpable priests, he underlines the need to support those who are holy and honest.
Apr 5, 2010 - 11:01 am .- Responding to an anti-Catholic column penned by Eugene Joseph Dionne and an editorial cartoon portraying the Holy Father as deaf to abuse claims, Portland Archbishop John Vlazny has canceled his subscription to The Oregonian newspaper and asked Catholic pastoral ministers to do the same.
Apr 5, 2010 - 09:49 am .- Pope Benedict prayed the Regina Caeli on Easter Monday from the Pontifical residence at Castel Gandolfo, where he traveled following Sunday's Easter celebrations at the Vatican. During his address before the prayer, he called the faithful to become announcers of God's love.
Apr 5, 2010 - 09:20 am .- During the Chrism Mass last week in the Lima Cathedral, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani said the best response to the attacks on Pope Benedict XVI and the Church by the media is prayer. “Prayer is the main weapon the Holy Spirit provides” to the faithful, especially to priests, he noted.