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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.