Archive of February 4, 2011

May the holiness of consecrated people edify the Church, Pope prays

Feb 4, 2011 - 06:48 pm .- At the conclusion of Evening Prayer in Feb. 2, the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI offered a special prayer that those in the consecrated life would edify the entire Church with their holiness of life.

Pope's Lenten spiritual exercises to focus partly on John Paul II

Feb 4, 2011 - 06:00 pm .- This year's week-long Vatican retreat to begin the Lenten season will focus in part on Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor.

CNA rolls out 'Pope Benedictions' Facebook page

Feb 4, 2011 - 05:20 pm .- Catholic News Agency has launched a new initiative on Facebook to share the words, thoughts and teachings of Pope Benedict XVI through a fan page, "Pope Benedictions."

Slovenian archbishop resigns, leaves local Church with huge debt

Feb 4, 2011 - 03:43 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Franc Kramberger of Maribor, Slovenia under circumstances that have not yet been clarified. News reports and an archdiocesan official suggest that bad investments have left the Church in disastrous debt.

Catholic bishop urges prayer to prevent civil war in Egypt

Feb 4, 2011 - 02:50 pm .- Coptic Catholic Bishop Youhannes Ezzat Zakaria Badir of Luxor-Tebe in Egypt said that since the outbreak of massive protests in the country, his flock has been praying that “violence gives way to dialogue and that the civil war does not break out in the country.”

Vatican to update bioethics guidelines for Catholic health care workers

Feb 4, 2011 - 12:37 pm .- The Vatican department in charge supporting Catholic health care workers has announced that it will soon release updated guidelines on bioethics issues.

Short on priests and faithful, Boston archdiocese considers parish mergers

Feb 4, 2011 - 05:53 am .- On Feb. 2, the Archdiocese of Boston announced plans for a reorganization that could change how many parishes operate. The changes are aimed at allowing the Church to cope with declining Mass attendance and a shortage of priests, without forcing parishes to close.

New iPhone app aims to help Catholics go to Confession

Feb 4, 2011 - 03:01 am .- Developers of a new “confession helper” iPhone application say they found inspiration in Pope Benedict XVI’s call for more youth involvement in social communication.

Catholic Church querying US Anglicans for possible ordinariate

Feb 4, 2011 - 01:21 am .- Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said in an interview that the Catholic Church has sent out questionnaires to learn more about U.S. Anglicans who have expressed an interest in becoming Catholic. A sufficiently large response would mean the creation of an Anglican ordinariate in the U.S.

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