Archive of May 6, 2010

General Superiors: Proclaim the Gospel in addition to social aid

May 6, 2010 - 09:53 pm .- The International Union of Superior Generals will meet in Rome May 7-11, bringing together 900 superior generals from 75 countries to discuss the needs of the Church and world.

Young people march against abortion in Madrid, carry photos of Martin Luther King

May 6, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- Some 60 young people from pro-life organizations in Madrid took part in a march against abortion in the Spanish capital this week, calling on the government to provide more assistance to families and to reverse the country's new law on abortion.

Mexican cardinal says Legionary founder suffered from mental problems

May 6, 2010 - 02:04 pm .- In a recent interview on Mexican radio, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara - a possible candidate to assume the reins of the Legion of Christ according to Vatican analyst Sandro Magister - said the founder of the Legionaries, Father Marcial Maciel, was a man suffering from mental issues.

Swiss Guard welcomes 30 new members to elite force

May 6, 2010 - 01:43 pm .- The Pontifical Swiss Guard swore in 30 new recruits during a ceremony on an overcast Thursday evening at the Vatican. The event also commemorated the 147 guards who died defending the Pope during the Sack of Rome in 1527.

Pope recognizes Rabbi Toaff's birthday, friendship with John Paul II

May 6, 2010 - 12:21 pm .- The Holy Father joined in the celebration of the birthday of the former rabbi of Rome, Elio Toaff, with a telegram on Monday. He recalled the rabbi's role in history of the Jewish community of Rome, his work towards improving inter-religious relations and his friendship with John Paul II.

Pro-marriage initiative under attack in Mexico

May 6, 2010 - 11:58 am .- A Mexico City human rights group has asked the National Council for the Prevention and Eradication of Discrimination to investigate a pro-marriage organization because its radio spots defend traditional marriage.

Pope accepts resignations of two Irish bishops for age reasons

May 6, 2010 - 10:17 am .- The Holy See has accepted the resignations of the Irish bishops Francis Lagan, auxiliary of Derry, and Joseph Duffy of the Diocese of Clogher in line with traditional canon law procedure upon having reached the age of retirement. The resignations come as buzz about a restructuring of the Catholic Church of Ireland is becoming ever more audible.

CBS / N.Y. Times poll shows increase in Catholics’ approval of Pope Benedict

May 6, 2010 - 08:43 am .- Most churchgoing Catholics say their feelings about the Church are unaffected by the Vatican’s handling of recent child sex abuse reports. Among all Catholics, more have a favorable opinion of Pope Benedict XVI now than they did in March. They tend to believe the media reports are blown out of proportion and harder on the Church than others.

Madison surgical center abandons late-term abortion plans after pro-life protests

May 6, 2010 - 06:16 am .- Reporting a “pro-life victory,” pro-life leaders in Wisconsin have praised the Madison Surgery Center’s (MSC) abandonment of its plans to perform late-term abortions.

Christians in Nepal pray Rosary for peaceful end to national strike

May 6, 2010 - 04:08 am .- After three days of general strikes in Nepal, local Christians have begun praying the Rosary for national peace.

Iraqi Christians lament lack of government protection

May 6, 2010 - 02:48 am .- After a recent bomb blast and gun attack in Iraq that targeted Christian students, a local bishop has criticized the government for failing to protect Christians, who are suffering from a series of violent attacks by terrorist groups.

Relics of St. Therese to be in South Africa during World Cup

May 6, 2010 - 01:03 am .- The South African Bishops Conference announced today that the relics of St. Thèrése of Lisieux will be in South Africa during the upcoming FIFA Football World Cup.

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