Archive of April 19, 2010

Europe’s greatest heritage is its Christian roots, asserts Italian lawmaker

Apr 19, 2010 - 10:03 pm .- Italian congresswoman Paola Binetti called on Catholics this week to “strongly express the great vitality of Christian thought, the richness of its traditions and the knowledge that the best part of Europe comes from its Christian roots.”

Dr. John Haas reacts to Peggy Noonan's call for new blood at Vatican

Apr 19, 2010 - 08:58 pm .- In response to a Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Peggy Noonan in which she criticized the Catholic Church for the “second wave” of sex scandals and charged that the “old Vatican needs new blood,” one critic is saying that Noonan should “applaud” the Church for reforms instead of criticizing it.

Vatican spokesman calls Benedict XVI's pontificate 'rich and full'

Apr 19, 2010 - 07:10 pm .- In the midst of difficulties, the Holy Father continues to pursue the priorities of his pontificate with “consistency and courage,” stated Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi on his weekly television program this past Saturday. He briefly reviewed the milestones of Pope Benedict’s tenure, noting the “rich and full balance” the Pope has struck “between serving God and humanity.”

Bishops of Spain prepare new document on moral crisis

Apr 19, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- This week at their plenary assembly, the bishops of Spain will prepare a document discussing the country's moral and economic crisis.

St. Pio's body transfered to new church as thousands sing and pray

Apr 19, 2010 - 05:02 pm .- After 42 years in the crypt of the Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie, St. Padre Pio's body was moved into the new St. Pio of Pietrelcina Church on Monday afternoon. Archbishop Michele Castoro of the Archdiocese of Manfredonia-Vieste-San Giovanni Rotondo, who had recently defended the need for the transfer, presided over the celebration.

Cardinal Bertone describes Pope's strategy for tackling sexual abuse

Apr 19, 2010 - 02:24 pm .- The Pope's clear line against sexual abuses of minors will help the Church resolve the "delicate problem” of pedophilia, said Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone in an interview upon his return from an official visit to Chile. The cardinal highlighted the major elements of the Pope's strategy for preventing further abuses within the Church and for protecting young people.

Young girl understands a 'life is growing in her womb'

Apr 19, 2010 - 02:09 pm .- A 10-year-old girl in the Mexican city of Chetumal recently explained that “a life is growing in her womb," a fact often ignored by various pro-abortion and feminist groups.

Italy observes day of prayer on anniversary of Pope's election

Apr 19, 2010 - 12:21 pm .- Catholics in Italy celebrated the fifth anniversary Benedict XVI becoming the Pope on Monday with a national day of prayer. The Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) encouraged the initiative, which invited all Church communities to pray for the Pope, the "center of unity and visible sign of communion."

Bishops of Ecuador: priests should reflect face of Christ

Apr 19, 2010 - 12:01 pm .- Concluding their plenary assembly last Friday, Ecuador's bishops encouraged priests in the country to reflect the face of Christ to the world.

Cardinals treat Pope to lunch for fifth anniversary of his election

Apr 19, 2010 - 10:49 am .- The Holy Father celebrated the fifth anniversary of his pontificate on Monday, just after returning to Rome from a busy weekend trip to the Mediterranean island of Malta. The College of Cardinals organized a lunch with the Pope as the guest of honor to mark the occasion, while the Italian Church called for a day of prayer for him.

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