Archive of May 24, 2010

Priests and laity both responsible for evangelization, asserts Spanish bishop

May 24, 2010 - 10:00 pm .- On the Feast of Pentecost yesterday, a Spanish bishop discussed the “complementarity” of the relationship between priests and the laity and stressed the importance of both assuming their “co-responsibility” in the task of evangelization.

Holy Father meets with presidents of Congo, Moldova

May 24, 2010 - 08:30 pm .- On Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI met with the presidents of Congo and Moldova, discussing with both heads of state the presence and influence of the Catholic Church within their respective countries.

Cuban dissident on hunger strike accepts mediation by Catholic Church

May 24, 2010 - 06:31 pm .- Cuban prisoner of conscience, Guillermo Farinas, who is in the third month of his hunger strike, has accepted an offer by the Catholic Church to mediate with the Castro government to find a solution to his protest for the release of 26 prisoners who are seriously ill. According to a recent report, the government has agreed to transfer some prisoners to hospitals.

Catholic historian examines civil jurisdiction over clerical sex abuse

May 24, 2010 - 05:20 pm .- The Catholic French historian Alain Besançon offered his perspective on whether or not sexually abusive priests should be subject to civil law in an interview over the weekend. There is the risk of taking the "wrong road" in dealing with cases, he cautioned, but to him, the decision to punish offenders in civil courts is "reasonable."

Catholic Church not identified with any political party, Vatican official states

May 24, 2010 - 02:55 pm .- In his address to Pope Benedict XVI during the 24th full assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the dicastery, said, “The Church does not identify herself with any one political party or system,” but “she appreciates the work of those who dedicate themselves to the service of the common good and assume the weight of these responsibilities.”

Cardinal Poletto says Shroud exposition yielded enormous spiritual fruit

May 24, 2010 - 11:30 am .- The first exposition of the Shroud of Turin in the new millennium has officially come to a close after a little more than six weeks. Cardinal Severino Poletto, the guardian of the Shroud, said that those who visited need to safeguard in their hearts everything they saw and received that enriched their faith.

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