Apr 7, 2010 - 10:28 pm .- A new Catholic lay organization called EncouragePriests.org launched on Holy Thursday, April 1, to support clergy.
Apr 7, 2010 - 09:48 pm .- The Mexican bishops’ conference published a statement on its website this week reiterating the Church's zero tolerance policy on sexual abuse and expressing solidarity with the Holy Father.
Apr 7, 2010 - 07:03 pm .- The Capuchin friars of San Giovanni Rotondo have announced that St. Pio of Pietrelcina's body will be moved into the new church, adjacent to his current resting place on the Monastery grounds. Against the wishes of some, the transfer will take place on the afternoon of April 19.
Apr 7, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, has invited Brazilian liberation theologian Alberto Libanio Christo (Frei Betto) to debate the need for peaceful changes in Cuba.
Apr 7, 2010 - 04:46 pm .- “Benedict XVI is a strong Pope,” declared Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on Tuesday from the southern hemisphere. Beginning a trip in Chile, the prelate told members of the press that claims he and the Pope blocked the case of the Wisconsin priest Fr. Lawrence Murphy are unfounded.
Apr 7, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- Jewish poet, novelist and essayist Jon Juaristi published an article on Easter Sunday in the Spanish daily ABC asserting that “it is not necessary to be Catholic” to understand the motives behind the recent attacks on Pope Benedict XVI and the Church. He remarked that the campaign is merely a sales gimmick aimed at getting Catholics out of the public square.
Apr 7, 2010 - 01:24 pm .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, voiced his support and solidarity with Pope Benedict on Tuesday. The prelate underscored that, as Jesus was not at fault for the betrayal of Judas, neither are Pope Benedict XVI or bishops to be blamed for the "grave faults" of priests.
Apr 7, 2010 - 11:44 am .- “Good News” is the name of a new Catholic satellite channel launched by the Archdiocese of Karachi in Pakistan on March 31. The new station will be available via satellite throughout Asia, Africa, Oceania and Europe.
Apr 7, 2010 - 10:54 am .- “Christ is truly risen!” exclaimed the Holy Father again from St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday. The Pope spoke to pilgrims at the General Audience about the extraordinary event of Easter and the call for all Christians to be inspired in their proclamation of the “good news.”
Apr 7, 2010 - 10:02 am .- Fr. Federico Lombardi released a statement from the Holy See’s Press Office confirming the report by a Norwegian television network that a bishop who stepped down last June had sexually abused a minor in the 1990s. The Vatican spokesman said that the matter “was confronted and examined quickly” after it came to light in January 2009.
Apr 7, 2010 - 06:31 am .- Claims that Pope Benedict declined to defrock a Milwaukee priest who molested deaf students rely upon documents supplied by a leading lawyer in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, Bill McGurn reports. He charges that the New York Times did not sufficiently disclose this connection and advises more “journalistic skepticism” about the narrative of an attorney who stands to make millions.
Apr 7, 2010 - 03:05 am .- In an interview with CNA on Tuesday, Rabbi Jack Bemporad commented on the recent media onslaught concerning the Holy Father, calling the coverage “one dimensional” and saying that the depiction of the Church in the media has not been given “proper context.”
Apr 7, 2010 - 12:46 am .- A Christian nurse in Britain lost a discrimination claim on Tuesday after fighting a policy that barred her from wearing her crucifix to work.