Archive of March 18, 2014

LA archbishop blesses immigration reform advocates going to Vatican

Mar 18, 2014 - 06:07 pm .- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles gave his blessing Sunday to a group of children and immigration reform advocates who are traveling to Rome to ask Pope Francis for his help and benediction.

Cardinal encourages Lenten prayers for Venezuela

Mar 18, 2014 - 05:03 pm .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, Venezuela, called on the faithful to intensify their prayers during Lent for God to rid Venezuela of violence, as the death toll from recent protests continues to rise.

Ukrainian Catholics experiencing 'total persecution' in Crimea

Mar 18, 2014 - 04:10 pm .- As the Russian president signed a bill to annex Crimea Tuesday, the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in the peninsula has been experiencing what a Church official calls “total persecution.”

Benedict XVI sends Pope commentary on early interview

Mar 18, 2014 - 01:56 pm .- Former Pope Benedict XVI sent a four-page commentary to Pope Francis on the September 2013 interview he granted to Jesuit magazine La Civilta Cattolica, according to Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the Pontifical Household.

Pope assures Ukrainian people of his solidarity, prayers

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:22 pm .- In a March 17 meeting with the head of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, Pope Francis expressed the Holy See’s commitment to building peace amid the country’s political crisis.

Vatican designates Kansas church as a minor basilica

Mar 18, 2014 - 11:18 am .- Capuchin Father Jeff Ernst’s voice leapt with emotion when he heard the news: St. Fidelis Church would be named a minor basilica.

Pope Francis warns against the disguise of hypocrites

Mar 18, 2014 - 09:11 am .- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against those who appear to be holy but are in fact self-absorbed, explaining that Lent is a time a time of purification which allows us to grow closer to the Lord.

John XXIII a representation of goodness, cardinal recounts

Mar 18, 2014 - 07:18 am .- During an interview Cardinal Angelo Comastri reflected on scenes from the life of Pope John XXIII, revealing the pontiff’s deep spiritual nature, as well as his great kindness towards others.

Science historians critique new 'Cosmos' series

Mar 18, 2014 - 04:02 am .- Scholars of the history of science have discussed the merits and shortcomings of the new television series “Cosmos,” saying that the first episode's discussion of Church history strayed from historical facts.

South Sudanese diocese evacuated due to violence, looting

Mar 18, 2014 - 02:04 am .- The South Sudanese Malakal diocese has been evacuated as many areas there have been “completely destroyed” following violence committed by rebel forces, the diocesan administrator says.

Boko Haram violence continues in attacks on barracks, school

Mar 18, 2014 - 12:03 am .- Hundreds of militants believed to be members of the Islamist group Boko Haram attacked an army barracks in Nigeria March 14, the latest event in the country’s years of violence from the group.

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