May 23, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- In a press conference held on Wednesday in the Cuban capital after a meeting with President Raúl Castro, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, the Archbishop of Havana, explained that among the topics covered at the meeting were the White Ladies, a group protesting the captivity of their husbands in the country, and political prisoners.
May 23, 2010 - 04:28 pm .- The division between the U.S. Catholic bishops and some Church-affiliated organizations, most prominently the Catholic Health Association, that accompanied the passage of the Obama administration's health care overhaul was downplayed as a difference of opinion purely at the personal level. But on May 21 the bishops issued a statement that cast aside that spin, saying, “it represented a fundamental disagreement, not just with our staff as some maintain, but with the Bishops themselves.”
May 23, 2010 - 01:10 pm .- Raised Lutheran, Deacon Doug Pierce considered careers in chemistry, classics, math and music. He thought about getting married and having a big family. But after he became Catholic in 2002, Deacon Pierce felt called to priesthood.
May 23, 2010 - 11:18 am .- The Holy Father thanked God for Blessed Teresa Manganiello, a "luminous witness to the Gospel," after the Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday. The recently beatified saint is remembered for her humility and penitential spirit.
May 23, 2010 - 10:45 am .- Before reciting the Regina Coeli prayer from his apartment window, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of Pentecost and the constant “effusion” of the Holy Spirit on the Church, “without which it would exhaust its forces, like a sailboat lacking wind.” He taught that there is no Church without Pentecost and no Pentecost without Mary.
May 23, 2010 - 10:10 am .- Pentecost reminds us as Christians of the universality and unity of the Church, Pope Benedict said during Mass on Sunday. The Church, he stated, must always be Catholic and universal, “the home of all in which each person can find himself again.”
May 23, 2010 - 07:15 am .- The Catholic Bishops' Conference in England and Wales has condemned TV ads promoting abortion services that recently aired throughout the United Kingdom, charging that the “exploitative promotion” of abortion is not “in the interests of the health or psychological well-being of women.”
May 23, 2010 - 05:09 am .- On Sunday, May 23, the universal Church will celebrate the feast day of St. Jane Antide Thouret, a Sister of Charity who worked tirelessly for the faith amidst persecution during the French Revolution in the 18th century.