Apr 6, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- The Archbishop of Sao Paulo, Cardinal Odilo Scherer, urged the faithful this week to reject the media attacks on Pope Benedict XVI, emphasizing that the Church deeply “laments” the suffering of the victims caused by some members of the clergy.
Apr 6, 2010 - 08:18 pm .- Commenting on the long-troubled Christian communities of Iraq, the Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul said that Easter celebrations after Iraq’s general elections gave “new hope” to the people, with attendance at the Easter liturgy showing an increase over previous years.
Apr 6, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, reminded priests last week that celibacy “should be embraced and lived out as a priceless gift from God,” despite efforts by some to portray it as the reason for sexual abuse within the Church.
Apr 6, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- The influential Italian political newspaper Il Foglio published an article today criticizing the New York Times for relying on a computer-generated translation from Italian to English of important responses from the Vatican to a sex abuse case. The failure to translate led the American newspaper to argue that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was protecting a sexually abusive priest from Milwaukee.
Apr 6, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- During Easter Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne expressed solidarity with Pope Benedict XVI and noted that the media attacks against the Holy Father and the Church are “a rebellion” against truth and love.
Apr 6, 2010 - 11:56 am .- In response to the media campaign designed to portray Pope Benedict as covering up cases of sexual abuse by priests, various bishops in the Middle East have expressed their solidarity with the Holy Father.
Apr 6, 2010 - 11:50 am .- Following the Vatican's announcement of his new appointment this morning, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez says that he is “deeply grateful” for being named the Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, the largest diocese in the United States.
Apr 6, 2010 - 10:58 am .- Reacting to the Vatican’s appointment of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez as coadjutor archbishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput noted that his confrere has a “great gift for bringing people together” and is the “perfect choice to lead the Archdiocese of Los Angeles after Cardinal Mahony retires.”
Apr 6, 2010 - 07:02 am .- Despite the recent media attacks on the Church and Holy Father regarding clergy sex abuse scandals, one U.S. archdiocese set a record for confirming the most individuals in its history to the Catholic faith.
Apr 6, 2010 - 05:53 am .- This morning the Holy Father appointed current San Antonio Archbishop Jose H. Gomez as Coadjutor Archbishop of Los Angeles, California, the largest diocese in the United States. The prelate will serve alongside current Cardinal Roger Mahony, and will take over his position when he retires.
Apr 6, 2010 - 03:09 am .- Catholic leaders from around the world have expressed solidarity with the Pope in a united response to attempts by some media sources to connect him personally to cases of sexual abuse which reached a boiling point over Holy Week. One prelate remarked that the coincidence of the media pressure with the arrival of Easter is no accident.