Archive of February 27, 2009

Lent reminds us that Christian life is a relentless battle, says Mexican cardinal

Feb 27, 2009 - 10:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass at the archdiocesan Cathedral and said, “Lent reminds us that the Christian life is a relentless battle in which we must use the weapons of prayer, fasting and penance.”

Pope blames idolatry of money for economic crisis

Feb 27, 2009 - 07:03 pm .- Meeting with pastors and clergy of the Diocese of Rome on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI discussed the economic crisis, the liturgy and evangelization. Naming the idolatry of money as a major shortcoming of the economic order, he warned that large-scale reform cannot be achieved without individual reform and conversion.

Obama administration may toss pro-life conscience protections

Feb 27, 2009 - 06:10 pm .- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to rescind regulations which made explicit the existing legal protections for medical workers who object to cooperating in abortions. The preparations have led one Republican congressman to charge President Obama’s administration with trying to implement the Freedom of Choice act “incrementally.”

Dissident leader asks Spain and EU to support dialogue in Cuba

Feb 27, 2009 - 05:36 pm .- Carlos Paya, spokesman for the Christian Liberation Movement in Spain, has asked the European Union and Spain to promote dialogue in Cuba, as the country has been neglected by Latin America.

President of bishops conference urges National Accord for peace in Colombia

Feb 27, 2009 - 04:04 pm .- Colombia’s National Commission on Reconciliation has announced a proposal for a “National Accord for Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia.”

Dr. Dobson steps down as chairman of Focus on the Family

Feb 27, 2009 - 02:09 pm .- Today it was announced that Dr. James Dobson, has resigned as chairman of the Christian group, Focus on the Family.

Vatican rebuffs Bishop Williamson’s Holocaust apology

Feb 27, 2009 - 01:59 pm .- On Friday, the Vatican’s spokesman discarded an apology from Bishop Richard Williamson over remarks he made diminishing the extent of the Holocaust.

Benedict XVI appoints bishop for Brazil’s most prominent diocese

Feb 27, 2009 - 12:52 pm .- This morning the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Archbishop Orani João Tempesta to head the Church in Rio de Janerio, the most important see in Brazil, which is the most populous Catholic country in the world.

Catholic-Muslim commission calls for respect of human rights

Feb 27, 2009 - 12:12 pm .- The promotion of peace among religions was discussed earlier this week by a joint Catholic-Islamic commission at its annual meeting in Rome. The commission agreed that achieving peace requires that the “dignity of the human person and his or her rights, especially regarding freedom of conscience and of religion” be respected, a belief Pope Benedict has argued Islam must arrive at.

Pope tells Belgian groups that donations build peace

Feb 27, 2009 - 11:24 am .- Echoing his message for the 2009 World Day of Peace, Pope Benedict spoke today with two Belgian associations that support his work with the poor. "If we fight against all forms of poverty we give peace more chance to come and take root in our hearts," he said.

Pope praying for women and Church in China

Feb 27, 2009 - 10:43 am .- This next month, Pope Benedict will devote himself to praying that women around the world will be more appreciated and for the Church in China.  

K of C to fight greed of economic crisis with generosity of volunteers

Feb 27, 2009 - 07:04 am .- Today the Knights of Columbus and Fairfield University’s Center for Faith and Public Life will host a summit on the role of volunteers in the national recovery from the financial crisis.

Catholic survivors attribute ‘miracle on the Hudson’ to God’s mercy

Feb 27, 2009 - 04:09 am .- "The odds were against us but God was with us," said Fred Berretta, a survivor of US Airways Flight 1549 that crash landed in the Hudson River Jan. 15. He was flying home that day from a business trip in New York when the plane struck a flock of birds, causing both engines to fail.

Ave Maria University to host ‘Terri’s Day’ Mass

Feb 27, 2009 - 02:16 am .- The Ave Maria Oratory at Ave Maria University will host the “National Mass for Terri’s Day” on March 31 to commemorate the death of Terri Schindler Schiavo, event organizers have announced.

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