Archive of May 10, 2010

Argentinean bishop warns against overlooking human face of poverty

May 10, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- Bishop Jorge Lozano of the Argentinean Bishops’ Committee on Social Ministry said last week that the country must acknowledge the real faces of poverty and not just focus on cold statistics, because “these faces are awaiting an answer.”

Bishop of Phoenix looks to the saints in immigration reform debate

May 10, 2010 - 08:29 pm .- Calling for immigration reform, Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted has written that Americans should remember the saints’ examples of love during the “highly charged” emotional debate over the Arizona immigration bill. He urged that Catholics not let the bonds of fraternal love be broken by concerns about immigration status.

Kagan nomination worries life and family advocates

May 10, 2010 - 06:48 pm .- The Family Research Council (FRC) reacted to Elena Kagan's nomination to the Supreme Court Monday, stating that although President Obama praised her “superb” qualifications, her “known record speaks otherwise.” Other pro-life and pro-family organizations worried that she an activist approach to constitutional law.

Resurrection gives meaning to every moment, says Pope while remembering Cardinal Poggi

May 10, 2010 - 06:03 pm .- For he who is without faith, death would be mean the loss of everything, said Pope Benedict during the eulogy for the late Cardinal Luigi Poggi. For the Christian, he continued, hope in resurrection brightens and gives meaning to every moment of our lives.

Political group led by suspended priest promoting same-sex 'marriage' in Peru

May 10, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- The political party Tierra y Libertad (Land and Freedom) led by suspended priest Marco Arana is demanding that the Peruvian government embrace the homosexual agenda by allowing same-sex “marriage” in the country.

Vatican spokesman: Pope did not ask for support in face of media attacks

May 10, 2010 - 04:44 pm .- The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, responded today to an article published in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, which said that Pope Benedict XVI asked Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Dean of the College of Cardinals, to defend him at Easter Mass from attacks over the treatment of sexual abuse cases. Fr. Lombardi replied, "even in difficult times, the Pope does not beg or organize demonstrations in his own defense or support."

Benedict XVI urges Belgian bishops to promote vocations, highlights St. Damien

May 10, 2010 - 02:45 pm .- Pope Benedict underlined the irreplaceable role of priests to the Church during his address to the bishops of Belgium this past weekend. He urged support for the priesthood and a renewed impetus for vocations, saying that the decrease in the number of priests is not inevitable.

Apostolic visitor says Pope may meet with victims of Fr. Maciel

May 10, 2010 - 02:04 pm .- Bishop Ricardo Watty of Tepic, one of the five bishops appointed to the Apostolic Visitation of the Legion of Christ, said in a recent interview that Pope Benedict XVI may meet with some of the victims abused by Father Marcial Maciel.

Pope's second book on 'Jesus of Nazareth' goes to publishers

May 10, 2010 - 12:27 pm .- The Holy See announced on Monday that the final draft of Pope Benedict XVI's long awaited second volume of "Jesus of Nazareth" has been completed and sent to the publishers. Although the English translation will not be immediately available, the Vatican said it is just a question of months.

Bishop fined for urging faithful to vote according to Catholic teachings

May 10, 2010 - 11:53 am .- Costa Rica’s Electoral Supreme Court has ordered Bishop Jose Francisco Ulloa to pay damages for encouraging the faithful to cast their votes in manner consistent with Catholic teachings.

Pro-life groups criticize Elena Kagan's pro-abortion stance

May 10, 2010 - 10:54 am .- President Barack Obama nominated today the current Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, a move that drew concerns from pro-life advocates.

Pope will not be deterred from Fatima by ash cloud

May 10, 2010 - 09:59 am .- In spite of the cloud of ash that led to the cancellation of flights in Portugal over the weekend, plans for the Holy Father's pilgrimage to Portugal remain firm. The Holy Father will be in the country on Tuesday morning to complete a packed four-day trip, but the culminating event for him is the stop in Fatima, with which he has a long history.

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