Archive of April 21, 2010

Catholic bishop ordained in China

Apr 21, 2010 - 11:29 pm .- A 48-year-old priest was ordained Bishop of Hohot in the Chinese autonomous region of Inner Mongolia on Sunday.

Child abandoned at birth reunites with mother via Facebook

Apr 21, 2010 - 09:50 pm .- In an amazing series of events, a young man who was abandoned at birth used a Facebook group to find his biological mother.  After then were reunited, the young man thanked her for resisting the temptation to have an abortion.

Pope's personal secretary pens book on traveling with Benedict XVI

Apr 21, 2010 - 07:09 pm .- "The Holy Father doesn't put himself at the center, he doesn't announce himself, but Jesus Christ, the Redeemer of the World," writes the Pope's personal secretary, Monsignor Georg Gänswein on the inside cover of his new book that describes the travels of Pope Benedict XVI.

Supreme Court of Mexico rules against investigating 1993 murder of cardinal

Apr 21, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- The Supreme Court of Mexico ruled Tuesday against investigating the case of the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo of Guadalajara, Mexico on May 24, 1993.

'Bombed Maria' statue blessed by Pope headed to US

Apr 21, 2010 - 04:16 pm .- After the general audience on Wednesday morning at the Vatican, the Holy Father blessed what remains of a statue that partially survived the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. Rome is just the first stop on an international "peace pilgrimage" by the Archbishop of Nagasaki and the "Bombed Maria," which will arrive at the U.N. in time for the start of nuclear non-proliferation talks in May.

Cuban crisis must come to an end, says Catholic cardinal

Apr 21, 2010 - 02:58 pm .- The leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, released an interview on Monday which not only affirmed the autonomous nature of the Catholic Church in Cuba but also called for the immediate action in addressing Cuba’s current economic crisis.

Thousands in Argentina defend child's right to a mother and father

Apr 21, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- Nearly 7,000 in Argentina gathered Tuesday to protest a congressional committee's approval of a bill that would give same-sex couples the right to marry and adopt children.

Priests recognized by Benedict XVI for being servants of Christ

Apr 21, 2010 - 01:50 pm .- The Holy Father sent a special message to the priests of the world at Wednesday morning's general audience in St. Peter's Square. He dedicated a few words to a particular group of clergy represented there in person and expressed his "respect and deep recognition" for all priests.

Archbishop Chaput responds to criticisms of JFK speech

Apr 21, 2010 - 12:56 pm .- Following criticism of his recent JFK speech by an Italian scholar, Archbishop Charles Chaput responded today, addressing each argument raised against his lecture. The prelate said that although he was grateful for the Italian professor's comments, “he and I clearly differ” not only on the implication's of JFK's 1960 speech, but also on the role of religion in American public life and the “proper understanding” of separation of Church and state.

Pope publicly pledges to continue fighting sex abuse in Catholic Church

Apr 21, 2010 - 12:04 pm .- Today at the weekly general audience in Rome, Pope Benedict spoke publicly for the first time on fighting clerical sex abuse within the Church.  The Holy Father told the crowd in St. Peter's Square about how he gave “assurances of the Church's action” at a meeting with  abuse victims in Malta.

Bishops of Argentina begin plenary assembly

Apr 21, 2010 - 12:01 pm .- With a Mass at the Cathedral of Buenos Aires celebrated by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio and concelebrated by 100 bishops, the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina opened its 99th Plenary Assembly on Monday.

Pope reflects on Malta trip, calls youth to be heirs of St. Paul

Apr 21, 2010 - 10:24 am .- Pope Benedict's experience in Malta was the subject of his catechesis at Wednesday's general audience in St. Peter's Square. He spoke of the history of faith on the island, provided a review of the highlights of the trip, and called the Maltese a "big family," praising their Christian vision of life.

Religious leaders urge Arizona governor to veto anti-immigrant bill

Apr 21, 2010 - 06:24 am .- Arizona’s three Catholic bishops and other religious leaders in the state have issued a statement calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto recent legislation targeting undocumented immigrants. They warned the bill would separate families and discourage crime victims and witnesses.

New website to help laity and clergy promote vocations

Apr 21, 2010 - 03:43 am .- The U.S. bishops are preparing to launch a website to help laity and clergy promote vacations. The site aims to help individuals “hear and respond” to God’s call to the priesthood or consecrated life.

Ex-gays deserve a seat at Republican table, leader says

Apr 21, 2010 - 01:25 am .- Citing the inattention of the Republican leadership and a recent GOP spending scandal involving an erotic night club, a leader of an ex-gay group has called for the Republican Party to allow ex-gays “a place at the table.”

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