Archive of March 5, 2014

Ukraine’s churches unite behind nation, seek prayers for peace

Mar 5, 2014 - 05:04 pm .- Ukrainian religious leaders are standing together in their opposition to Russia’s use of troops in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, and ask for payers for a peaceful end to the situation.

Legislation to help former inmates draws Catholic praise

Mar 5, 2014 - 04:16 pm .- In a letter to national lawmakers, Catholic leaders applauded the Second Chance Act as an enhancement of public safety and human dignity, and asked for further support in reauthorizing the legislation in Congress.

All values are non-negotiable, Pope says in new interview

Mar 5, 2014 - 01:39 pm .- Emphasizing that “values are values” and leaving aside the expression “non-negotiable values,” Pope Francis has underscored the importance of the entirety of the Church’s social doctrine.

Cardinal calls on faithful to have tender hearts during Lent

Mar 5, 2014 - 01:02 pm .- Cardinal Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires invited Catholics during Lent to “have a more tender heart” toward the difficult situations of daily life.

Lent is a 'strong' time of conversion, Pope Francis reflects

Mar 5, 2014 - 12:46 pm .- During his general audience on Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis called Lent a moment of renewal which allows us to look at the needs of others with “new eyes,” and to grow in love.

Transcript: Pope Francis' March 5 interview with Corriere della Sera

Mar 5, 2014 - 11:35 am .- Find below an English translation, by CNA's Estefania Aguirre and Alan Holdren, of the March 5 interview of Pope Francis with Italian daily "Corriere della Sera".

Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper's speech as a 'cultural revolution'

Mar 5, 2014 - 06:02 am .- Roberto de Mattei, an Italian historian, has written about Cardinal Walter Kasper’s Feb. 20 address to cardinals on marriage and the family, calling it a “resounding revolution of culture and praxis.”

Report: Syrian rebel group makes Christians low-status subjects

Mar 5, 2014 - 04:50 am .- An ultimatum allegedly from a jihadist group has demanded that Syrian Christians live as “dhimmis,” low-status subjects who must pay protection money and obey strict restrictions on their religious practice.

Pope names secretary general for new economy dicastery

Mar 5, 2014 - 02:04 am .- Pope Francis appointed Monsignor Alfred Xuereb March 3 as prelate secretary general for the Vatican’s new Secretariat for the Economy, which will oversee economic and administrative affairs in the city state.

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, Perugia’s first red hat in 160 years

Mar 5, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Among the cardinals elevated by Pope Francis at the Feb. 22 consistory is Gualtiero Bassetti, Archbishop of Perugia-Citta della Pieve – a diocese which has not seen a cardinal since 1878.

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