Archive of March 7, 2014

In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II

Mar 7, 2014 - 05:02 pm .- In lengthy excerpts of an interview published in an Italian newspaper, Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.

Senate urged to create envoy for Christians in Middle East

Mar 7, 2014 - 03:13 pm .- A Catholic bishop and a Baptist pastor urged members of the U.S. Senate to address the “dire situation” facing Christians in the Middle East, proposing a special religious freedom envoy to the region.

Prayer at center of Ukrainian Catholic response to crisis

Mar 7, 2014 - 03:07 pm .- Prayer and respect for the dignity of all persons are at the core of the Ukrainian Catholic response to the upheavals in Ukraine, a prelate of the tradition in the U.S. has said.

Pope: we will be judged by our behavior towards others

Mar 7, 2014 - 02:30 pm .- Pope Francis dedicated his daily homily to the virtue of charity, stressing that we shouldn't be “ashamed” to touch those who suffer, and cautioned against turning our faith into a mere ritual.

US bishops to tour Mexico border, say Mass for fallen migrants

Mar 7, 2014 - 12:05 pm .- American bishops will gather in Arizona at the end of March to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and offer a Mass in memory of migrant persons who have died trying to gain entry into the United States.

Chicago cardinal says cancer appears to be active again

Mar 7, 2014 - 11:13 am .- Cardinal Francis George of Chicago told his archdiocese that Lent finds him in “poor health” as cancer in his right kidney that was dormant for over a year is “showing signs of new activity.”

Archbishop Chaput confident of papal visit to Philadelphia

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:21 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has said he has “great confidence” that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the city in September 2015.

Priest clarifies misconceptions on Pope's civil union remarks

Mar 7, 2014 - 10:13 am .- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis' recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine.

Burning of JPII's letters would be senseless, cardinal says

Mar 7, 2014 - 04:05 am .- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz addressed his controversial publishing of letters which John Paul II asked to be burned, affirming that the decision is prudent as the letters are “a good for humanity.”

Disney ends Boy Scout donations due to gay leader ban

Mar 7, 2014 - 02:34 am .- Less than a year after the Boy Scouts lifted its ban on openly homosexual members, the Walt Disney Company has cut the scouting organization from an employee donation program because it does not allow openly gay scout leaders.

Church in Oceania concerned over Australian asylum policy

Mar 7, 2014 - 12:04 am .- Church leaders in both Australia and Papua New Guinea are voicing discontent with Australia’s policy of processing asylum seekers at offshore camps with conditions condemned by human rights groups.

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