Sep 16, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Barcelona, Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, reflected this week on the life of “genius architect and exemplary Christian” Antonio Gaudi, who designed the Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona. The church will be dedicated by Pope Benedict XVI in November.
Sep 16, 2010 - 06:03 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, Venezuela published a pastoral letter this week calling on the faithful and politicians in the country to do their part to change the direction Venezuela during the September 26 congressional elections.
Sep 16, 2010 - 02:28 pm .- The Vatican announced on Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop James Sartain of Joliet, Illinois to serve as Archbishop of Seattle. Bishop Sartain will succeed current Seattle archbishop Alexander Brunett, whose resignation was accepted by the Holy Father upon reaching the age of retirement.
Sep 16, 2010 - 01:57 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Sanchez Martinez of Durango invited the faithful of Mexico this week to pray for their country as they celebrate its bicentennial. He also urged them to remember the important role that Our Lady of Guadalupe played in Mexico’s independence.
Sep 16, 2010 - 12:35 pm .- During Mass at Glasgow's Bellahouston Park on Thursday afternoon the Holy Father called on Scottish Catholics not to be afraid to bring their faith into the public square. “Society today,” he explained, “needs clear voices which propose our right to live, not in a jungle of self-destructive and arbitrary freedoms, but in a society which works for the true welfare of its citizens.”
Sep 16, 2010 - 11:56 am .- “We couldn't desire a better start” for the Pope's visit to the U.K., said Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, referring to the great crowds in Edinburgh. The Pope spent the morning at the queen's residence, but the thousands were able to see him traveling to and from the palace.
Sep 16, 2010 - 11:49 am .- Theologian Pablo Blanco of the University of Navarre in Spain commented this week that Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom is a “courageous visit” in which the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman “could be a sign of unity between Anglicans and Catholics.”
Sep 16, 2010 - 07:42 am .- Benedict XVI has called the United Kingdom to draw from its “Christian foundation” as it addresses the challenges of the modern day. He expressed hope that society would continue to respect the traditional values and cultural expressions which are no longer valued or tolerated by “more aggressive forms of secularism.”
Sep 16, 2010 - 06:41 am .- The Pope has expressed his “shock” and “great sadness” due to sexual abuses by members of clergy. Victims of abuse must be given priority as the Church takes on pedophilia, he said, and perpetrators must be “excluded” from access to children.
Sep 16, 2010 - 06:00 am .- The closure of the offices of the Democrat-leaning group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has prompted debate over the role of partisan political funding for groups targeting Catholic voters. While one analyst says that Republican-leaning Catholic groups are better funded, a Catholic Republican disputes his claim.
Sep 16, 2010 - 05:57 am .- The Holy Father remarked that it was with “great courage and joy” that he traveled to Great Britain on Thursday. Despite the U.K.'s history of anti-Catholicism, the Pope noted that he was sure he would be met with “tolerance.”
Sep 16, 2010 - 02:48 am .- With the papal visit to the U.K. about to begin, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of Great Britain has banned an ice cream ad showing a heavily pregnant nun in church.
Sep 16, 2010 - 12:57 am .- Adding to Vatican analyst Sandro Magister's recent commentary on the issue of widespread contraception use among Catholics today, a noted canon law expert told CNA that the silence and even contradiction of some clergy regarding Church teaching on the issue is “incontestable.”