Archive of April 29, 2010

Adoption by lesbian couple violated Brazilian law, say prosecutors

Apr 29, 2010 - 09:53 pm .- In response to a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court allowing a lesbian couple to maintain custody of two adopted girls, the regional public prosecutor stated his opposition to the decision saying the couple constitutes “a de facto society,” thus the decision violates Brazilian law.

Head of Italian Senate: Pope not afraid to 'face the wolves' in the Church

Apr 29, 2010 - 09:11 pm .- The Holy Father has "never been inert in the face of suffering and injustice," the President of the Italian Senate said as he reflected on the impact of the five years of Benedict XVI's time as Pope. The politician noted that the Pope has opted to "face the wolves" rather than avoid addressing difficulties such as cases of priests who sexually abuse minors.

Assailants detonate bomb in Chilean Catholic church

Apr 29, 2010 - 05:55 pm .- Assailants detonated a bomb in the Chapel of Lourdes at the convent of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd in the city of Temuco, Chile. The bomb exploded early on Tuesday morning causing damage to the chapel as well as a neighboring house.

Pope Benedict to preside over Legion meeting's first session

Apr 29, 2010 - 05:52 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will preside over the final meeting of the Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries of Christ tomorrow, before making his decision in the case that will determine the future of the congregation.

Holy Father urges end to war, education of youth in Congo

Apr 29, 2010 - 03:02 pm .- Addressing the the new ambassador to the Holy See from the Democratic Republic of Congo on Thursday, Pope Benedict called for an end to war in the country. He also took the opportunity to invite national reconciliation, especially through the education of children.

Legion director says he was unaware of founder's double life

Apr 29, 2010 - 01:59 pm .- The General Director of the Legion of Christ, Father Alvaro Corcuera, maintained this week that he had “no idea” and “no knowledge” of the double life led by the congregation’s founder, Fr. Marcial Maciel.  Fr. Corcuera added that though the revelations of late priest have been “painful,” the Legion must move forward and grow in virtue.

Armenian Catholic patriarch hopes for internal renewal from Middle East Synod

Apr 29, 2010 - 12:27 pm .- Speaking with CNA after the celebration of Mass in the presence of the Shroud in the Cathedral of Turin on Monday, the Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church reflected on the value of the linen to the faith and expressed his hope for internal renewal from the upcoming Synod of Middle Eastern bishops.

Scottish Church hopes to book Susan Boyle for Pope's visit

Apr 29, 2010 - 10:06 am .- Susan Boyle, the star singer discovered on the popular TV show Britain's Got Talent, may realize her dream of meeting Pope Benedict in September. The director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office (SCMO) told CNA that the local church is open to discussion on the possibility of her singing when the Pope visits later this year.

Knights of Columbus wheelchair program to help Haitian quake victims

Apr 29, 2010 - 08:28 am .- The Knights of Columbus have begun distributing wheelchairs to more than 1,000 victims of the earthquake in Haiti, saying they will give “the gift of mobility” to those most in need.

Okla. ultrasound law is constitutional and ‘commonsense’ abortion regulation, backer says

Apr 29, 2010 - 05:57 am .- Women aren’t done any favors when the truth about abortion is hidden from them, says a backer of a new “commonsense” Oklahoma law that requires a doctor to give an ultrasound to a woman seeking an abortion. His comments come in response to a legal challenge from the pro-abortion Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR).

Catholic group starts fund to honor slain religious sister

Apr 29, 2010 - 02:51 am .- A Catholic organization recently announced a fund honoring the slain Sister Marguerite Bartz, who was murdered in New Mexico last year.

Spanish cardinal calls Catholic teachers to be 'witnesses of evangelization'

Apr 29, 2010 - 01:01 am .- The prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, remarked this week that amidst the moral crisis of society, Catholic schools must be revolutionary.  He also encouraged teachers to not only educate their students, “but also be consistent witnesses of evangelization.”

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