Archive of March 14, 2012

Bishops say mandate fight is about government defining religion

Mar 14, 2012 - 05:20 pm .- The U.S. bishops are emphasizing that their opposition to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate is not about birth control or health care, but about the government’s attempt to impose its narrow definition of religion on the country.

Author shares a day in the life of imprisoned Pakistani mother

Mar 14, 2012 - 04:38 pm .- A French journalist who has chronicled the story of imprisoned Pakistani woman Asia Bibi, revealed a typical day for the Catholic mother of five as she awaits the appeal of her death sentence over alleged blasphemy charges.

Priest: removal from ministry was tied to communion incident

Mar 14, 2012 - 01:25 pm .- In an extensive statement provided to CNA, Father Marcel Guarnizo insists that the reasons the Archdiocese of Washington placed him on leave “have everything to do” with his recent decision to withhold communion from Barbara Johnson.

Argentinean bishops decry approval of abortion in cases of rape

Mar 14, 2012 - 12:12 pm .- Bishops in Argentina condemned a March 13 ruling by the country's Supreme Court legalizing abortion in cases of rape.

Pope says prayer gave Mary her readiness to do God's will

Mar 14, 2012 - 10:39 am .- Profound and constant prayer enabled the Virgin Mary to embrace God's will in her life, Pope Benedict XVI taught in his March 14 general audience.

Eucharistic congress offers a new beginning for Irish Church

Mar 14, 2012 - 04:04 am .- The 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin will offer much-needed hope to the Irish Catholic Church, according to event organizers making a pilgrimage to Rome for the March 17 feast of Saint Patrick.

Analyst sees religious tension as root of Nigerian conflict

Mar 14, 2012 - 02:09 am .- A U.S. advocate for international religious freedom says an attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria shows how religious tension should be acknowledged as the cause of recent violence in the country.

Rome visit affirms Missouri bishop, stirs memories of John Paul II

Mar 14, 2012 - 12:09 am .- Bishop John R. Gaydos of Jefferson City, Mo. was at the Vatican this week visiting with Pope Benedict and reporting on the health of his diocese, but the trip also brought back memories of seeing John Paul II in 1997.

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