Archive of May 4, 2010

Knights of Columbus in Mexico criticize new Arizona illegal immigration bill

May 4, 2010 - 09:51 pm .- During their National Convention in Mexico, the Knights of Columbus harshly criticized Arizona's new law designed to curtail illegal immigration.

Arizona immigration law shows need for reform, Archbishop Chaput writes

May 4, 2010 - 09:02 pm .- Arizona’s new immigration law has some flaws but shows the brokenness of the immigration system, Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput has said. Urging Congress to act, he noted the dangers and wrongs of both illegal immigration and the response to it.

Youtube video encourages praying the Rosary for priests

May 4, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- An elderly priest enters a chapel with a Rosary in hand as a young woman is heard speaking about the incredible sacrifice of priests who give their lives to others.  Thus begins May Feelings III, the latest chapter in a Youtube video series that encourages the Rosary during May, the month of Mary.

Only love and forgiveness can end violence in Venezuela, remarks bishop

May 4, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- Venezuelan Bishop Mariano Parra Sandoval of Ciudad Guayana issued a statement this week in response to the murder of Father Esteban Wood, 75, in the town of Unares.  The prelate expressed his sorrow, saying that the wave of violence and crime in Venezuela only has one solution: “love and forgiveness for all.”

Swiss Guards prepare to swear-in 30 new recruits

May 4, 2010 - 04:48 pm .- The Pontifical Swiss Guard plans to swear-in 30 new recruits during a Thursday ceremony which will also commemorate the 147 guards who died in the Sack of Rome.

Holy Father recalls late cardinal's priestly zeal, ability to grow the Church

May 4, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- Today the Holy Father sent his condolences for the death of Cardinal Luigi Poggi, former apostolic nuncio, and recent archivist and librarian emeritus of Holy Roman Church. The cardinal died in Rome on Tuesday morning at the age of 92.

Cardinal Sandoval says others better prepared for Legion job

May 4, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- After speculation by a Vatican expert that Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez would be selected as the commissioner to oversee the rebuilding of the Legionaries of Christ, his archdiocese said on Tuesday that he is “open” to whatever the Pope decides, but that the cardinal thinks the task should go to “somebody who has more knowledge of religious life, instead of a priest from the diocesan clergy.”

Benedict XVI offers condolences for murder of Christians in Iraq

May 4, 2010 - 02:00 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to Archbishop Basile Georges Casmoussa of Mosul in Iraq this week expressing condolences for the deaths of four Christians who were killed by explosions over the weekend. 

Patron saints announced for WYD 2011 in Madrid

May 4, 2010 - 12:24 pm .- “All of these saints are of Spanish origin, in order to root WYD in the culture of the host country, as was done at WYD in Cologne, where the saints chosen were related to the Christian history of Germany,” organizers explained.

Middle East synod to help Christians witness in Muslim countries

May 4, 2010 - 10:41 am .- During meetings at the Holy See from April 23-24, Middle Eastern patriarchs and Vatican prefects drew up a draft of the working document for the coming Synod. They foresee that the October assembly will strengthen Christians, revive communion between the Churches of the region, and give guidance to Christians on how to evangelize in Muslim-majority countries.

Preacher arrested in UK for calling homosexual conduct sinful

May 4, 2010 - 08:36 am .- In a case which has disturbed religious freedom advocates, a preacher in the English town of Workington was reportedly arrested for describing homosexual conduct as a sin after a public sermon.

Sponsors withdraw Conn. bill waiving limits on sex abuse lawsuits

May 4, 2010 - 06:12 am .- Citing a lack of legislative support, sponsors have withdrawn a controversial bill that would have waived a 30-year time limit for sexual abuse victims to sue. Catholic leaders who opposed the bill said the move was “good public policy.”

Four dead after terrorist attack near Mosul targets buses of Christian students

May 4, 2010 - 04:17 am .- A Sunday terrorist attack against a column of buses taking young Christian students to Mosul killed four and injured 171, at least 17 seriously. Christians were “shocked” by the attack, warning that delayed election results have worsened security.

Former Newsweek editor slams NY Times for creating 'own version' of Church scandal

May 4, 2010 - 03:01 am .- A former editor for Newsweek slammed the New York Times for their recent attempts to link the Pope with Church sex abuse cover up and charged that the paper created its “own version of the scandal as if they had discovered something new.”

Vatican expert points to Mexican cardinal as possible Legion commissioner

May 4, 2010 - 02:25 am .- The Holy See’s Saturday statement regarding the Legionaries of Christ is “extremely significant,” Vatican expert Sandro Magister says. In his view, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez will likely be appointed the commissioner to rebuild the Legion.

College students to gather at UN for symposium on Catholic social teaching

May 4, 2010 - 12:47 am .- The Path to Peace Foundation recently announced an upcoming week long intensive program in New York City for a select number of college students around the country to learn more about the Catholic Church's social teachings, specifically the work of the Holy See's Mission to the United Nations

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