Archive of March 11, 2009 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 11, 2009

Pope’s visit will be encouraging to all, says Holy Land Custodian

Mar 11, 2009 - 11:01 pm .- The Custodian of the Holy Land, Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa, told Vatican Radio this week that the upcoming visit to the Holy Land by Pope Benedict XVI will be "very encouraging and will help us to hold our heads high and soar a bit higher than we’ve been able to until now."

Three African priests murdered in one week

Mar 11, 2009 - 08:35 pm .- Three priests have been killed in Africa during the last week, according to Fr. Chris Townsend spokesman for the South African Bishops. Father Lionel Sham was killed on March 7, Father Daniel Matsela Mahula on February 27, both in South Africa; and Father Revocat Gahimbare was slain on March 8, in Burundi.

Thousands rally against Conn. bill that ‘directly attacks’ Catholic Church

Mar 11, 2009 - 07:16 pm .- Thousands of Connecticut Catholics rallied at the state capitol on Wednesday to protest a proposed state law which would have reorganized the financial and pastoral structure of the Catholic Church.

Pope laicizes breakaway Missouri priest

Mar 11, 2009 - 05:37 pm .- A Missouri bishop has announced that Pope Benedict XVI has dismissed Marel Bozek from the clerical state since he has persisted in leading a group of breakaway Catholics.

Stations of the Cross date back to the fourth century

Mar 11, 2009 - 03:12 pm .- The Stations of the Cross in the form most American Catholics know best are of comparatively recent vintage in Church terms, dating back to the year the U.S. Constitution was ratified. However, their history goes back well before that, to the days when pilgrims were first openly able to go to Jerusalem and walk in the footsteps of Jesus on Good Friday.

Pope Benedict to clarify lifting Bishop Williamson's excommunication, reports say

Mar 11, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- News outlets in various languages are reporting that a letter from Pope Benedict XVI to the bishops of the world, explains the decision to lift Bishop Richard Williamson’s excommunication. Significant excerpts of the letter were leaked by the Italian papers Il Foglio and Il Giornale as well as the German paper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Alaska school district adds ‘gender identity’ to official policy

Mar 11, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- The third largest school district in Alaska approved a new policy last month that will allow students to choose their own "gender identity." Gender identity — meaning the gender a person believes he or she has internally, regardless of their given biology — has been added to the nondiscrimination policy of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Pope Benedict vigorously condemns killings in N. Ireland

Mar 11, 2009 - 10:26 am .- Once he had finished his general audience today, Pope Benedict condemned "in the strongest terms" the recent murders of two British soldiers and a policeman in Northern Ireland, calling them "abominable acts of terrorism."

Pope recalls Catholics' need for Scripture, love for the Church and unity

Mar 11, 2009 - 10:22 am .- At today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, the Pope focused his remarks on St. Boniface, "apostle of the Germans." Pope Benedict said that Boniface’s “courageous witness” is an invitation to all to “welcome the Word of God in their lives as an essential point of reference, to love the Church passionately, to feel a joint responsibility for her future and to seek unity around St. Peter’s Successor.”

Nearly 500 teens to mark Abstinence Day at U.S. Capitol

Mar 11, 2009 - 07:51 am .- On Wednesday the National Abstinence Education Association (NAEA) is sponsoring Abstinence Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. by bringing nearly 500 teens to the U.S. Capitol.

Milwaukee-based organization to offer conference for Catholic homeschoolers

Mar 11, 2009 - 05:32 am .- Homeschooling Catholics in the Diocese of Milwaukee are preparing for a conference next month titled, "Celebrate the Faith 2009.”  The conference will feature the Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, William P. Callahan as well as renown homeschooling speakers.

Federal court hears arguments in roadside crosses lawsuit

Mar 11, 2009 - 05:17 am .- On Tuesday the Tenth Circuit federal appeals court in Denver heard arguments concerning an atheist group’s challenge against roadside cross memorials for fallen Utah state troopers.

Bishops should not fear retirement when the time comes, says Cardinal Arinze

Mar 11, 2009 - 04:00 am .- During the final meditation of the spiritual exercises for Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia, Cardinal Francis Arinze underscored the need for priests and bishops to retire when a long illness keeps them from their ministry. They should use the time they have left to focus on preparing themselves for a holy death, he counseled.

Removing Sudanese president could derail peace efforts, bishop warns

Mar 11, 2009 - 03:21 am .- Outspoken Sudanese Bishop Daniel Adwok Kur has come out against a change in Sudanese leadership, saying that ending human rights abuses is more important than removing the accused President Omar al Bashir.

Women in White denounce stepped-up repression by Cuban government

Mar 11, 2009 - 12:28 am .- The Women in White, a civic movement made up of the wives of Cuban political prisoners, denounced the Communist government of Raul Castro this week, saying the regime to prevent the commemoration of the sixth anniversary of the Black Spring, when many of their husbands were arrested and imprisoned by the government.