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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.