Archive of May 5, 2010

Philadelphia Catholics donate $1.8 million to Haitian quake relief efforts

May 5, 2010 - 07:55 pm .- Cardinal Justin Rigali presented a check for over $1.8 million to the president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) on Wednesday for aid efforts for earthquake victims in Haiti. He declared the gift an expression of “very beautiful and profound love.”

Media’s attempts to stir up scandal pleases demons, says Spanish bishop

May 5, 2010 - 05:58 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez of Cordoba, Spain said the scandal and opportunism of the media in response accusations of sex abuse by some members of the Catholic clergy brings pleasure to demons.

'Financialized' approach to world makes economy unstable, Social Sciences Academy states

May 5, 2010 - 04:32 pm .- Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, presented the highlights of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences' annual full assembly on Wednesday at a press conference in the Vatican. She highlighted academy's the observation that a strictly "financialized approach" to the world “not only narrows the vision of the human person, but creates instability in the economy.”

Marriage is instrument of salvation for society, declares Benedict XVI

May 5, 2010 - 02:57 pm .- Welcoming future participants in the Congress on the Family, which will take place in Jonkoping, Sweden from May 14-16, the Holy Father taught on love and marriage on Wednesday. Through the love present in marriage, he said, we are given an idea of the love that awaits us in Heaven.

Soldiers call for the respect of religious traditions in Spain

May 5, 2010 - 02:05 pm .- The Association of Spanish Soldiers called on military officials this week to respect and preserve religious traditions in the country. The statements came in response to a recent directive by the military to exclude Mass from official military ceremonies.

Pope Benedict to deliver 'intense' message during Fatima visit

May 5, 2010 - 12:20 pm .- "Fatima is a particularly significant place for this Pope," said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi on Tuesday, noting that it was also a destination for two former Popes. The Holy Father has a thorough knowledge of the history of the Marian sanctuary, he added.

Archbishop denounces war between 'modern man' and 'man as created by God'

May 5, 2010 - 11:58 am .- Archbishop Emeritus Carmelo Juan Giaquinta of Resistencia, Argentina said the world today is witnessing a “war between the modern man and man as created by God.” He added that Christians must “come to the defense of the dignity and distinction of the sexes, marriage and the family.”

Pope encourages work towards elimination of nuclear weapons

May 5, 2010 - 10:51 am .- The Holy Father encouraged efforts towards the “complete elimination” of nuclear weapons on Wednesday as reports from the first days of U.N. non-proliferation meetings showed positive developments in favor of that end. The Pope exhorted all participating delegations to make an effort to "weave a political and economic web of peace."

Priests make God’s saving work present on earth, teaches Pope

May 5, 2010 - 10:23 am .- “As ministers of Christ, priests bring us into life-giving contact with the mystery of God’s holiness,” the Pope said during the general audience on Wednesday. It is through their celebration of the sacraments, he taught, that they make Christ’s sanctifying work “present and effective” in the world.

Legal challenge blocks Oklahoma law requiring ultrasound before abortion

May 5, 2010 - 08:05 am .- Oklahoma’s attorney general has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new state law that requires abortionists to give an ultrasound to pregnant women and describe their unborn children before they get an abortion.

Catholic community hit by flooding in Nashville

May 5, 2010 - 06:10 am .- Following devastating floods in central Tennessee and northern Mississippi in the past week that killed at least 19 people, the spokesman for the Diocese of Nashville reported that the Catholic community has “been hit pretty hard.”

US Catholic Latino leaders meet with Vatican officials, discuss ‘Hispanic reality’

May 5, 2010 - 04:12 am .- During the week after Easter, members of the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL) held a series of meetings at the Vatican with various officials of the Roman Curia. The effort was intended to start a discussion about Hispanic Catholic influence in the United States and in the U.S. Church.

Noah's Ark discovery could be hoax, critic says

May 5, 2010 - 02:56 am .- The Christian Science Monitor published an article last week which cast doubt on the recent alleged discovery of Noah's Ark by a Turkish – Chinese expedition, quoting one critic who warned that the team may be victims of an elaborate “hoax.”

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