Archive of April 27, 2011

Connecticut bishop hails John Paul II as champion of religious freedom

Apr 27, 2011 - 06:15 pm .- At a time when Christians face heightened persecution particularly in the Middle East, Bishop William E. Lori of Bridgeport, Connecticut pointed to John Paul II as a heroic example in the fight to protect religious freedom.

Pope Benedict said to have declined immediate canonization for Pope John Paul II

Apr 27, 2011 - 02:34 pm .- In his first days in office back in 2005, Pope Benedict considered but rejected the instant canonization of Pope John Paul II. That’s the claim being made by Andrea Tornielli, Vatican correspondent with the Italian newspaper La Stampa. 

Iraqi archbishop holds out hope for reconciliation during Easter season

Apr 27, 2011 - 01:51 pm .- A leading voice in the Iraqi Church believes his community can still play a role in reconciling the country, despite the continued threats and attacks that have decimated its Christian population.

Pope urges 'solidarity with our brother migrants'

Apr 27, 2011 - 11:25 am .- Pope Benedict XVI urged Europeans facing an influx of immigrants from war-torn North Africa to “continue their valued commitment to solidarity with our brother migrants.”

Pope appoints new bishop to Florida diocese

Apr 27, 2011 - 10:41 am .- Pope Benedict appointed Bishop Felipe de Jesus Estevez, a former auxiliary bishop of Miami, to lead the northwestern Florida diocese of St. Augustine.

Divine Mercy image in Chicago's Daly Plaza reaching thousands

Apr 27, 2011 - 06:08 am .- One of the fastest-growing devotions in the Catholic Church is reaching the heart of downtown Chicago through the work of the Heralds of Divine Mercy. The organization is publicly displaying a large image of Christ during a nine-day campaign of 24-hour prayer and evangelism.

Kmiec says 'injustice' forced him from ambassador position

Apr 27, 2011 - 03:36 am .- Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to Malta Doug Kmiec wrote an April 24 open letter reaffirming his admiration for President Obama and protesting the “injustice” forcing him to leave his current position.

Day of prayer aims at encouraging Catholics to foster vocations

Apr 27, 2011 - 01:17 am .- The World Day of Prayer for Vocations will be held on May 15, Good Shepherd Sunday, to underscore Catholics’ duty to foster vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life.

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