Archive of July 26, 2010

Benedict XVI underscores religious, human and social richness of grandparents

Jul 26, 2010 - 09:58 pm .- The apostolic nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Renzo Fratini, recently sent a message on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI to those celebrating Grandparents Day on July 26, the feast day of Sts. Joachim and Ann.

Scottish bishop suggests creative fundraising to cover costs of papal visit

Jul 26, 2010 - 07:29 pm .- Responding to reports that people are being asked to pay a donation for free tickets to the papal Mass during Pope Benedict’s visit to Scotland, organizers have said that the fee is intended to recoup expenses for an entire parish group, not for individuals. One bishop suggested parishes have creative fundraisers to defray costs.

Catholic Church urges peace between Colombia and Venezuela

Jul 26, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- In the wake of last week’s decision by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to break off diplomatic ties with Colombia, bishops from both countries expressed their firm intentions to cooperate and improve bonds between the two nations.

Celebration to honor first Roman Catholics of Nova Scotia

Jul 26, 2010 - 05:08 pm .- The 400th anniversary celebration of a Nova Scotian chief's baptism will be held next week. His baptism, along with others from the Mi'kmaq people represent the first conversions to the Roman Catholic Church in the area.

Jubilee year brings over 100,000 pilgrims to shrine of St. James

Jul 26, 2010 - 03:10 pm .- St. James reminds us to be faithful to our apostolic tradition as Christians, the Archbishop of Santiago of Compostela said on Sunday as tens of thousands of pilgrims, the Monarchs of Spain and many members of the Church hierarchy flocked to the famous shrine of St. James for his feast day.

Pope to designate Barcelona church as basilica

Jul 26, 2010 - 01:58 pm .- On November 7, the one-of-a-kind Church of the Holy Family, or "Sagrada Familia," will be consecrated by Pope Benedict and also designated as a basilica.

Cardinal Comastri urges families to 'wake up' and love each other

Jul 26, 2010 - 11:58 am .- St. Anne's Church, the pontifical parish in the Vatican, celebrated the feast of its patroness and her husband on Monday. During Mass to mark the occasion, the cardinal vicar general of the Vatican prayed that Christian families would "wake up" and fulfill their purpose by openly loving each other and bearing witness to the faith.

Apostolic Vatican Library to reopen this fall

Jul 26, 2010 - 06:30 am .- After being closed for three years for restructuring and restoration, the Apostolic Vatican Library will reopen on September 20. The renewed facilities will provide easier access to the wealth of information the library houses.

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