Archive of March 12, 2014

Spanish bishop affirms Church's commitment to women, unborn

Mar 12, 2014 - 04:02 pm .- As controversy surrounds reform of Spain's abortion law, the newly-elected president of the local bishops' conference says Catholics must both oppose the procedure and support pregnant women.

Group of 200 Catholic employers sues to block HHS mandate

Mar 12, 2014 - 01:03 pm .- In one of the largest collective lawsuits against the federal HHS mandate, the Catholic Benefit Association, representing more than 200 Catholic employers and more than 19,000 employees nationwide, has filed a suit on the grounds that the measure compels the violation of Catholic teachings.

Pope to hold first official audience with the blind, deaf

Mar 12, 2014 - 12:29 pm .- As the first pontiff to meet with those who are blind and deaf in an exclusive audience, Pope Francis will hold the gathering later this month – an encounter participants are highly anticipating.

Cardinal Bertone: Pope Francis uses prayer as a diplomatic tool

Mar 12, 2014 - 12:22 pm .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was Vatican secretary of state from 2006 to 2013, has shared his views on papal diplomacy, emphasizing Pope Francis’ use of prayer in relations with states.

Archbishop Nienstedt cleared of accusation, glad to return

Mar 12, 2014 - 12:12 pm .- Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis is happy to resume public ministry, after he recused himself during an investigation which did not end in charges over accusations he inappropriately touched a youth.

Bishops laud Pope’s humility, care for poor on anniversary

Mar 12, 2014 - 06:14 am .- In a statement released on the occasion of the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ pontificate, US bishops praised the pontiff for his example, and encouraged the faithful to offer continued prayers on his behalf.

Personal notes underscore John Paul II's Marian devotion

Mar 12, 2014 - 06:02 am .- In private letters of Bl. John Paul II which have been published by his former secretary, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, the pontiff reflects on the three theological virtues, emphasizing that Mary is the highest example of each.

Secularism too fragile a basis for society, English bishop says

Mar 12, 2014 - 04:05 am .- During an address at his alma mater last week, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth discussed the rise of secularism in Britain and how Christianity in contrast enables greater human flourishing.

Cardinal Kasper's speech on marriage to be released as book

Mar 12, 2014 - 02:03 am .- Cardinal Walter Kasper's Feb. 20 address on marriage to a group of cardinals, controversial for its comments on remarriage and Communion, is to be published as a book this week, he says.

Bishop Morlino: Pope Francis is a 'son of the Church'

Mar 12, 2014 - 12:07 am .- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison has said the public should not accept media distortions of Pope Francis, but should recognize him as “a son of the Church” trying bring people to Christ.

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