Archive of March 21, 2009

Pope Benedict calls youth to courageously trust God with the future

Mar 21, 2009 - 03:34 pm .- Thousands of joy-filled African youth gathered in the Dos Coquerios Stadium in Luanda, Angola on Saturday afternoon to meet Pope Benedict XVI. In a heartfelt message to the young people, the Pope addressed their doubts and fears and challenged them to courageously build a future with God.

Spiritual care part of recovery at Catholic hospitals

Mar 21, 2009 - 01:58 pm .- Late last year, Larry Dingman was suffering from a painful spinal infection that put him in “sheer misery.” Two operations later, the patient at Mercy Iowa City says he’s doing better — but not just thanks to the hospital’s doctors and nurses.

Baptism enables the faithful to be one in Christ, teaches Holy Father

Mar 21, 2009 - 01:13 pm .- During his homily on Saturday morning in Luanda, Angola, Pope Benedict addressed bishops, priests, religious, members of ecclesial movements and catechists and explained that through the Sacrament of Baptism, all believers are unified in Christ.

Angolan bishops urged by Pope to fight relativism

Mar 21, 2009 - 12:38 pm .- Pope Benedict gathered the bishops of Angola and Sao Tome at the apostolic nunciature on Friday night to speak about the state of the Church in their country, warning them to fight the spread of relativism by promoting an "adult and mature faith."

Catholic ‘complacency’ shares blame for country’s failures, Archbishop Chaput says

Mar 21, 2009 - 12:32 pm .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput delivered a speech on Saturday reflecting on the significance of the November 2008 election. Warning that media “narratives” should not obscure truth, he blamed the indifference and complacency of many U.S. Catholics for the country’s failures on abortion, poverty and immigration issues.

Catholic, pro-life organizations call on Notre Dame to cancel Obama commencement address

Mar 21, 2009 - 12:01 pm .- On Friday Catholic and pro-life organizations responded to the announcement that the University of Notre Dame, one of the oldest and most prominent Catholic institution of higher education, will have President Barack Obama to deliver a commencement address on May 17.

Harvard Researcher agrees with Pope on condoms in Africa

Mar 21, 2009 - 10:11 am .- Pope Benedict’s recent brief remark against condoms has caused an uproar in the press, but several prominent scientists dedicated to preventing AIDS are defending the Pope, saying he was correct in his analysis. In an interview with CNA, Dr. Edward Green explained that although condoms should work, in theory, they may be “exacerbating the problem” in Africa.

Report says 2008 was ‘horrible year’ for Christians in India

Mar 21, 2009 - 03:01 am .- The 2008 annual report of the All India Christian Council has showed that it was a “horrible year” for Christians in India, who were subjected to waves of violence and attacks. The report called the constant persecution Christians were subjected to in the state of Orrisa, “ethnic cleansing” and “the fruit of Hindu-inspired terrorism.”

Media missing ‘true story’ of Pope advancing hope in Africa, local leader says

Mar 21, 2009 - 01:55 am .- An African pro-life leader has noted the stark contrast between hostile media reports on Pope Benedict XVI’s Africa visit and the thousands of Africans who joyously greeted the pontiff as he arrived in Cameroon. He said the “true story” of the Pope’s visit is his inspiration of African Catholics and all people to have “hope” and to address the “root causes” of the continent’s problems.

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