Archive of May 17, 2010

Retired Denver priest removed from ministry over sex abuse allegation

May 17, 2010 - 11:17 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver removed a retired priest from ministry within the archdiocese over a “credible allegation” that he sexually abused a minor in the 1970s.

Cuban government harasses mother of deceased political prisoner

May 17, 2010 - 09:55 pm .- Cuban dissidents said this week that Reina Luisa Tamayo, the mother of deceased political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo, is being harassed by state security agents outside her home.

Holy Father 'content' as 200,000 pack St. Peter's Square

May 17, 2010 - 07:52 pm .- On Sunday, the Holy Father was greeted by a massive amount of supporters at the Vatican for the Regina Coeli. Church prelates chalked the enormous response up to a great love of the Pope and his commitment to ridding the Catholic Church of sin.

Vatican highlights priorities shared with Buddhists

May 17, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- As Buddhists celebrate the Feast of Vesakh, the Vatican sent a message to members of the religion on Monday in which it noted the common ground between the two religions on certain issues. The note from the head of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue underlined shared views on the value of life and the need to promote ecological responsibility.

Church’s position on gay 'marriage' remains unchanged, maintains Argentinean archdiocese

May 17, 2010 - 05:49 pm .- Amidst a national debate over making same-sex unions equal to marriage, the Archbishop of Mendoza in Argentina lamented the confusion and distress caused by the personal opinions of Father Vicente Reale, who previously voiced support for same-sex “marriage.”

Vatican expert floats names for Legion delegate

May 17, 2010 - 04:59 pm .- On Monday, Italian journalist and Vatican expert Sandro Magister commented on the Vatican's future plans to respond to the outcome of the Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries of Christ. He wrote that the new delegate to oversee the restructuring of the Legion might come from within the group of bishops who conducted the visitation.

Pontifical council to discuss lay presence in politics

May 17, 2010 - 02:22 pm .- The Pontifical Council for Laity will soon celebrate its annual plenary meeting in Rome. The council cited repeated calls by Pope Benedict XVI for a renewed commitment from the lay faithful to be active in the political sphere as the inspiration for this year's meeting.

Legionaries of Christ expect papal delegate to be named before summer's end

May 17, 2010 - 01:59 pm .- The rector of the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum, Father Pedro Barrajon, said this week that he expects the Holy See to name a pontifical delegate for the Legionaries of Christ before the end of the summer.

Spanish president to meet with Holy Father in June

May 17, 2010 - 12:01 pm .- The Vice President of Spain, Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega, announced last week that President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is preparing a trip to the Vatican to meet with Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope seemed like one of the family, says Fatima shrine priest

May 17, 2010 - 11:10 am .- Yesterday the rector of the Shrine of Fatima shared his personal impressions and those of the people of Portugal with Vatican Radio following the Pope’s Apostolic Visit. Contrary to the thought that the Pope might not be able to touch the hearts of the faithful, said the priest, he was “so human that he seemed like someone from our family.”

Bolivian president makes proposals on priesthood to Pope

May 17, 2010 - 10:15 am .- Bolivian president Evo Morales was in the Vatican on Monday morning for an audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Besides the formalities of the visit, the president made suggestions as to how the Church might modify the priesthood.

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