Archive of May 7, 2010

Rosary prayer initiative for unborn draws 29,000 pledges

May 7, 2010 - 10:19 pm .- A Catholic group leading a multi-national prayer effort to organize one million rosaries for unborn babies has reached 29,000 international pledges and will start on Friday, May 7.

Celibacy source of grace, not abuse, says head of Belgian Church

May 7, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- Speaking about the current climate within the Catholic Church of Belgium to the Vatican’s L’Osservatore Romano newspaper, Archbishop Andre-Mutien Joseph Leonard highlighted the importance of formation for the priesthood. Celibacy, he underlined, is not the cause of sexual abuses and greater focus needs to be put on priestly formation to avoid future tragedy.

Consecrated Regnum Christi woman shares details about life in community

May 7, 2010 - 06:03 pm .- Irene Alemany, the director of a Regnum Christi community in Mexico, recently spoke with the Mexican daily, Milenio. During her interview, she noted the community's promise to live in poverty and emphasized she has “never felt abused by the Legion.”

New Swiss guards receive encouragement from Pope Benedict

May 7, 2010 - 05:20 pm .- Meeting with new members of the Swiss Guard on Friday, the Holy Father invited them to meditate on the actions of St. Peter after the Resurrection to find the meaning of their work. For all people, he said, working in Jesus’ name “transforms us and makes us a little more like the new man regenerated in Christ.”

Mass for murder victim Yeardley Love held at University of Virginia

May 7, 2010 - 05:03 pm .- A Catholic Mass was celebrated on Friday at the University of Virginia Chapel on behalf of murdered lacrosse player Yeardley Love.

Shroud of Turin supports Resurrection, expert affirms

May 7, 2010 - 03:57 pm .- Professor Paolo Di Lazzaro, who is head of a group of researchers from the National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Development in Italy, noted this week that the latest discoveries on the Shroud of Turin “are not in contradiction with the theory of the Resurrection” of Christ.

Archbishop criticizes media for distorting statements on clerical abuse

May 7, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- The spokesman for the 48th general assembly of the National Conference of Brazil, Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro, clarified Thursday that the recent statements by Archbishop Dadeus Grings of Porto Alegre, who remarked that the country suffers from a “pedophile society,” have been taken out of context by the media.

Russian Orthodox archbishop to promote culture, spirituality at Vatican

May 7, 2010 - 12:08 pm .- A delegation from the Patriarchate of Moscow will be at the Vatican later this month to promote Russian culture and spirituality. Initiatives during the two day event include meetings, a symposium and a concert for Pope Benedict XVI.

Swiss president: Pope cares about abuse victims, wants to address all cases this year

May 7, 2010 - 10:18 am .- Meeting with the Holy Father, president of Switzerland, Doris Leuthard was seen to be “visibly moved.” Discussion between the two heads of state covered clerical sex abuse of minors, the need to be “sensitive” to victims and Swiss laws on religious freedom. Pope Benedict also told her that he would like to address everything related to sexual abuse by priests this year.

Dr. Janet Smith blasts AFP for 'inaccurate' contraception article

May 7, 2010 - 07:55 am .- Responding to a recent Agence France Presse (AFP) article that criticized Catholic teaching on contraception, well-known professor, Dr. Janet Smith, said that in her opinion, the poorly researched piece “was inaccurate and slanted from the beginning.”

Comedy Central 'delights in bashing Christians,' charges Bill Donohue

May 7, 2010 - 06:10 am .- In response to reports that Comedy Central is considering running a cartoon series on Jesus Christ, Bill Donohue charged that the controversial network delights “in bashing Christians,” and recalled Comedy Central's recent efforts to ensure the removal content offensive to Muslims.

Future Archbishop of Miami explains immigration stance

May 7, 2010 - 03:14 am .- U.S. immigration laws are “immoral and unjust” and should be reformed to create a “path to citizenship,” Bishop of Orlando Thomas Wenski has said. Comparing illegal entry into the U.S. to a misdemeanor like jaywalking, he noted that participants in the Boston Tea Party were also lawbreakers.

Trisomy 18 daughter ‘a gift from God,’ former Sen. Rick Santorum writes

May 7, 2010 - 01:06 am .- His daughter with trisomy 18 is a loving child at the center of his family’s life, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum has said. Though she has taught character and virtue to everyone he meets, he lamented that so many children with her condition are aborted or face doctors with a “negative perception” towards the severely disabled.

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