Archive of April 9, 2010

Peruvian reporter denounces witch hunt against Catholic Church

Apr 9, 2010 - 10:53 pm .- Peruvian reporter Martha Meier recently published an article in the newspaper El Comercio denouncing the “witch hunt against the Catholic Church” being carried out by the media, which is attempting to smear Pope Benedict XVI over cases of sexual abuse by some members of the clergy.

Archbishop of Rio announces solidarity campaign in response to natural disasters

Apr 9, 2010 - 08:10 pm .- Amidst the torrential rains and mudslides that have led to more than 150 deaths in Rio de Janeiro in recent days, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta called on Catholics to collaborate with those affected and announced a solidarity campaign through Caritas to help in this effort.

Vatican says letter on abusive Oakland priest being taken out of context

Apr 9, 2010 - 06:32 pm .- Responding to an Associated Press story that accused the future Pope Benedict of resisting the laicization of a California priest accused of child sex abuse, spokesman Fr. Federico Lambardi stated today that the Vatican “doesn't believe it is necessary” to respond to “every single document taken out of context.” 

Cardinal Bertone recalls peace between Chile and Argentina

Apr 9, 2010 - 05:38 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, arrived Thursday at the city of Punta Arenas in southern Chile.  During his welcome, he recalled “the generous action of John Paul in the gift of the achievement of peace between Chile and Argentina.”

Eduardo Verastegui denies fathering Ricky Martin’s adopted children

Apr 9, 2010 - 02:55 pm .- In response to rumors in the media that he is the biological father of the twins adopted by Ricky Martin, Mexican actor and pro-life activist Eduardo Verastegui, emphatically denied the reports and called them “an absolute lie.”

Fr. Lombardi reflects on Church's efforts to assist abuse victims

Apr 9, 2010 - 01:03 pm .- How can we "stay the course" after Holy Week in regard to sexual abuses? Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi asked in a statement released by Vatican Radio on Friday. In answer, he said, "Before all else (by) continuing to seek truth and peace for the victims."

Colombian bishop asks public to cooperate in eradicating abuse

Apr 9, 2010 - 12:09 pm .- Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Cucuta, Colombia has issued a statement urging the country's citizens to assist in ending the abuse of minors.

After bruising health care fight over abortion, Rep. Stupak to retire

Apr 9, 2010 - 10:54 am .- Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), the U.S. Representative who secured an executive order he claims will bar federally funded abortions in the health care overhaul law, told the Associated Press on Friday that he is retiring at the end of this term.

Pope Benedict, resting after Easter, catches a movie

Apr 9, 2010 - 10:29 am .- While resting up at Castel Gandolfo, the Holy Father will be taking the time to catch a film on Friday. The Pontiff will watch "Under the Roman Sky,” a movie about Hitler's treatment of the Jews in Rome and his attempt to kidnap Pope Pius XII.

Catholics in U.S. donate nearly $60 million to Haiti relief effort

Apr 9, 2010 - 06:10 am .- A collection initiated in January by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to help victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has raised nearly $59 million dollars to date.

Diocese of Fargo to close college seminary program

Apr 9, 2010 - 03:22 am .- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo, North Dakota has announced the closure of the diocese’s college seminary program after the upcoming school year, citing the need for good stewardship of donations and church resources.

Archbishop Gomez appointment brings pride to LA Latinos

Apr 9, 2010 - 12:27 am .- Following a bland introductory story and a somewhat hostile column, the Los Angeles Times has published a positive story about how Archbishop Jose Gomez’s appointment as coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles has made area Latinos proud and optimistic, given that one of their own will head the archdiocese.

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