Archive of March 9, 2011

In a first, Pope Benedict will take questions in Good Friday TV special

Mar 9, 2011 - 08:00 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will participate in a first-ever question and answer session that will be televised Italy on Good Friday.

Spanish cardinal asks priest to explain controversial contents of new book

Mar 9, 2011 - 06:04 pm .- Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain has called Fr. Manel Pousa “to speak personally” about the contents of a recently published book. In it, the priest voices support for “voluntary” celibacy, women priests and admits he has “blessed” civil unions of same-sex prisoners.

Catholic leaders praise Illinois governor for ending death penalty

Mar 9, 2011 - 04:55 pm .- After weeks of indecision, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed a landmark bill on March 9, abolishing the death penalty in the state. Catholic officials praised the move as helping advance a culture of life in Illinois.

Pope’s new book to be released in electronic format

Mar 9, 2011 - 03:06 pm .- The new book by Pope Benedict XVI, “Jesus of Nazareth. From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection,” will soon be available in electronic format, the director of the Vatican’s Liberia Editrice, Giuseppe Costa, announced March 9.

Pope describes ‘Lenten road’ that leads to renewal

Mar 9, 2011 - 12:46 pm .- During today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI invited the faithful make the “Lenten journey” together with Christ, to return to the grace and commitment of conversion, and reach Easter “renewed.”

Catholic dioceses use fresh initiatives to promote traditions of Lent

Mar 9, 2011 - 05:52 am .- As Roman Catholics begin Lent with the traditional distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday, dioceses in the U.S. are seeking to pass on the ancient practices of the liturgical season in new ways.

Archbishop Aymond bans corporal punishment from New Orleans Catholic school

Mar 9, 2011 - 03:29 am .- Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans said that a local Catholic school must permanently ban corporal punishment for student misbehavior, even though many parents and alumni support the practice.

Members of US women religious visitation team share thoughts at final workshop

Mar 9, 2011 - 02:10 am .- Vowed religious who assisted in the apostolic visitation of U.S. women religious congregations met for a concluding workshop March 4-6. They shared their personal impressions and observations of the common hopes, challenges and concerns of the numerous female religious communities.

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