Sep 19, 2010 - 05:06 pm .- Brian Wood, a 33-year-old resident of Vancouver, B.C., was killed in an auto collision on September 3, when the driver of an oncoming SUV lost control of the vehicle and crossed the road into his lane. His wife, Erin Wood, said that Brian acted just in time to save her, and their unborn child expected to be born in November, by sacrificing himself.
Sep 19, 2010 - 03:03 pm .- Before embarking on the papal plane for his return flight to Rome, the Holy Father marked the end of his visit to the U.K by recalling events within the last four days and thanking profusely all who demonstrated “hospitality” to him. Pope Benedict also expressed his hope that the trip helped strengthen “the excellent relations between the Holy See and the United Kingdom.”
Sep 19, 2010 - 01:17 pm .- It’s estimated that more than 200,000 Haitians died in the earthquake that toppled Port-au-Prince last January. The tremor lasted 35 seconds. It’s going to take many years for this Third World country to rebuild itself, and Catholics in Arizona are pledging their support.
Sep 19, 2010 - 01:04 pm .- The Holy Father met with the bishops of Scotland, Wales and England at Oscott College in Birmingham on Sunday before concluding his papal visit to the United Kingdom. During his remarks to the prelates, Pope Benedict touched on the “deep thirst” that people within the U.K have for Christianity, urging the episcopal leaders to “offer them the living water of the Gospel.”
Sep 19, 2010 - 09:56 am .- Behind the crowds who came to see the Pope are "hearts and minds that understand" the Pope's message, said the Fr. Federico Lombardi at his daily briefing. Noting Britain's "wonderful reception" of Benedict XVI, gauged the U.K.'s response to the four-day visit as "very, very positive."
Sep 19, 2010 - 08:50 am .- Speaking to journalists less than an hour after Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman's beatification, Vatican spokesman Fr. Lombardi expressed confidence in his being canonized. There is a "concrete possibility," also, that he will be made a "doctor of the Church."
Sep 19, 2010 - 07:47 am .- The bishops of Minnesota are “alarmed” by continuing attacks on marriage, Bishop of Winona John Quinn has said. He reported that Catholics of his diocese will receive a DVD and a letter from him to remind Catholics of church teaching and to explain the dangers of the legal recognition of same-sex “marriage.”
Sep 19, 2010 - 07:43 am .- The Holy Father contrasted Cardinal Newman's "auspicious" beatification day with the commemoration of 70 years since the Battle of Britain on Sunday. He affirmed the commitment to peace and reconciliation as the alternative to war's "dreadful death and destruction."
Sep 19, 2010 - 06:51 am .- In his homily during the beatification Mass, the Holy Father remembered the mark Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman left on Christianity, particularly to education. Noting his greatness together with that of English saints, he highlighted the Blessed's role as a "pastor of souls."
Sep 19, 2010 - 05:56 am .- The Holy Father has declared that John Henry Cardinal Newman will "henceforth be invoked as Blessed." Despite inclement weather, tens of thousands of faithful attended to celebrate the life of Newman, revered for his intellectual contributions to Christianity.
Sep 19, 2010 - 04:46 am .- Saint Matthew, the first-century tax collector turned apostle who chronicled the life and ministry of Christ in his Gospel, will be celebrated by the Church this week on his feast day of September 21. Although relatively little is known about the life of St. Matthew, the account he wrote of Christ's ministry – traditionally considered to be the first of the four Gospels - is of inestimable value to the Church, particularly in its verification of Jesus as the Messiah.