Archive of May 19, 2010

Pope will be a 'massive' moral influence in Cyprus, ambassador asserts

May 19, 2010 - 10:06 pm .- The Cyprus ambassador to the Holy See asserted that the “moral influence” of Pope Benedict XVI will be “massive” during his upcoming trip to the Mediterranean island, which is currently under Communist leadership in the south and under Turkish occupation in the north of the country.

Mexican bishop discusses experience as apostolic visitor to Legionaries

May 19, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- Bishop Ricardo Watty Urquidi of Tepic, Mexico, one of the five bishops who carried out the Apostolic Visitation of the Legion of Christ, discussed his experiences during the process and explained to reporters yesterday that the results of the Vatican investigation would soon be released.

Illegal immigration needs 'humane' fix, bishops state as Mexican president visits

May 19, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City and Archbishop Rafael Romo Muñoz of Tijuana, Mexico have issued a joint statement for Mexican President Felipe Calderón's visit to the United States. Calling on both leaders to reform migration policy, they urged a “humane” response to illegal immigration.

Death penalty and abortion on same level, says Mexican governor

May 19, 2010 - 06:10 pm .- The governor of the Mexican State of Jalisco, Emilio Gonzalez Marquez, who has asked the country’s Supreme Court not to include the morning-after pill in government-run health care, stated this week that executions, the death penalty and abortion are all on the same level.

Vatican issues stats on Catholic presence in Cyprus

May 19, 2010 - 04:46 pm .- In light of Pope Benedict XVI's upcoming trip to Cyprus early next month, the Vatican released several facts about the country's Catholic population and reiterated the historic importance of the Holy Father releasing the working document for the Middle East Synod of bishops during the trip.

Archbishop Listecki says bishops responsible for sex abuse cases, not Vatican

May 19, 2010 - 02:18 pm .- Responding to a recent lawsuit that argues the Vatican is responsible for bishops who failed to report clerical sex abuse, Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee weighed-in on the issue Tuesday, stressing that according to cannon law, the responsibility “always falls on the shoulders of the bishops,” not the Vatican.

Pope Benedict to bless statue created to celebrate Nazi departure

May 19, 2010 - 01:10 pm .- The Vatican announced Wednesday that this summer the Holy Father will visit and bless a restored statue of Mary that overlooks the city of Rome. The Virgin, which was created in thanks for the city being peacefully liberated from the Nazis during World War II, was damaged in a storm last year.

Benedict XVI to welcome Spanish president on June 10

May 19, 2010 - 11:51 am .- The meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will take place on June 10 at the Vatican, according to Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Francisco Vazquez.  Speaking to the media, Vazquez said the visit would take place just after the Pope’s apostolic trip to Cyprus June 4-6.

Fatima message goes beyond dangers and horrors of history, Pope says

May 19, 2010 - 10:33 am .- During Wednesday's audience, the Holy Father offered an overview of the many events of his Apostolic Journey to Portugal from a week earlier, highlighting his impressions and the principal messages he delivered. The Pope revisited the message of Fatima and spoke of the support he felt from his "beloved predecessor."

Sister violated more than Catholic teaching in sanctioning abortion, ethicist says

May 19, 2010 - 06:27 am .- A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. While one of the hospital’s doctors has defended the sister, a Catholic ethicist says direct abortion is a “crime” against the unborn child who is killed.

Catholic schools have 'right' to protect best interests of children, asserts author

May 19, 2010 - 03:19 am .- As controversy swirls around the Archdiocese of Boston's decision to undermine a pastor who denied enrollment in a Catholic elementary school to a lesbian couple's child, Dale O'Leary, a noted Catholic author and international lecturer, is defending the Catholic Church's right to protect what she calls “the best interests of all the children.”

Cardinal O’Brien offers prayers for Britain's papal nuncio after stroke

May 19, 2010 - 02:16 am .- The Archbishop of Glasgow has promised prayers for the papal nuncio to Britain, Archbishop Faustino Sainz Muñoz, who suffered a stroke on May 17.

Anglican leaders around globe decry ordination of openly lesbian bishop

May 19, 2010 - 01:10 am .- In response to an openly gay woman being ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church on Saturday, Anglican leaders from around the world decried the action  as “gravely concerning and wrong,” with some adding that the move has “hurt and alienated” many within the Episcopal community.

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