Archive of April 21, 2009

Promoters of ‘Angels & Demons’ two-faced about fact and fiction, Bill Donohue says

Apr 21, 2009 - 09:30 pm .- Bill Donohue, President of the Catholic League, has accused promoters of the movie “Angels & Demons” of “trying to have it both ways” by first claiming the movie’s “pernicious lies” about Catholics are fiction, but then promoting its premise as based in fact.

Cardinal Rouco warns that 'crime of abortion casts shadow over history'

Apr 21, 2009 - 08:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said Monday during the opening of the bishops’ 93rd Plenary Assembly that the “crime of abortion casts a shadow over the history of humanity,” in a reference to a measure the government intends to put forth this summer that would change the country’s law on abortion.

Mexican states continue to preempt efforts to legalize abortion

Apr 21, 2009 - 06:51 pm .- The Nayarit State Congress in Mexico has passed a reform of the state’s constitution that guarantees the right to life of all human beings from conception to natural death.

Senate Finance Committee recommends confirmation of Gov. Sebelius

Apr 21, 2009 - 05:56 pm .- The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday voted to recommend the confirmation of Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius as the new Health and Human Services Secretary.

Paya calls on governments of Americas not to be silent accomplices of Castro

Apr 21, 2009 - 05:14 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, called on the governments of the Americas not to be accomplices with the Cuban regime by being silent on human rights abuses. Instead, he said, they should begin an open dialogue that includes the Cuba people.

Runner-up Miss USA lost crown for 'gay marriage' response

Apr 21, 2009 - 03:39 pm .- Sunday night, Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was named Miss USA, but news  coverage of the pageant since then has focused on Miss California and her answer to a judge’s question regarding “same-sex marriage.

Pope honors wisdom of St. Anselm, commemorates 900th anniversary of death

Apr 21, 2009 - 02:49 pm .- Benedict XVI today sent a message for the 900 year anniversary of the death of St. Anselm, archbishop of Canterbury and doctor of the Church, whose feast day is celebrated today.  In the letter, the Holy Father praised the saint’s wisdom and encouraged all people to draw close to him by studying his teachings on the Church.

Benedict XVI to entrust WYD cross to the youth

Apr 21, 2009 - 01:59 pm .- At tomorrow’s weekly general audience, Pope Benedict XVI will recall the 25th anniversary of the handing over of the World Youth Day cross by John Paul II to the young people of the world.  In commemoration, the Holy Father will again entrust the cross to the youth as it travels to Spain to prepare for the next World Youth Day.

Pontifical Biblical Commission meets to study new document on Bible and morality

Apr 21, 2009 - 01:44 pm .- The Pontifical Biblical Commission is holding its annual Plenary Assembly April 20-24 at the Domus Sanctae Marthae at the Vatican on the theme of “Inspiration and Truth in the Bible.” The Assembly will also review a new document by the Commission entitled, “Bible and Morality: Biblical Roots of Christian Behavior.”

Vatican calls Iranian president's Israel comments 'extremist'

Apr 21, 2009 - 11:25 am .- The Vatican's spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi, reacted to the remarks made by the President of Iran at the conference on the Durban Declaration on racism, by deploring the fact that the president used the forum to adopt “political positions, of an extremist and offensive nature.”

Pope sends Diocese of Syracuse a New York native bishop

Apr 21, 2009 - 10:50 am .- The Diocese of Syracuse in New York received the news this morning that it has a new shepherd—Bishop Robert J. Cunningham. The Buffalo-born bishop will move from the Diocese of Ogdensburg in upstate New York to serve the faithful in his new diocese.

Saginaw bishop appointed to lead Archdiocese of Saint Louis

Apr 21, 2009 - 10:48 am .- This morning the Holy Father named Bishop Robert James Carlson of Saginaw, Michigan to be the ninth archbishop of Saint Louis.  Bishop Carlson will fill the spot left vacant in June 2008, when Archbishop Raymond Burke was appointed to head the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican’s highest court.

Pope to declare five new saints next Sunday

Apr 21, 2009 - 10:36 am .- This coming Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's Square and give the Church five new saints.

Prelates join Archbishop Sheen foundation as beatification cause continues

Apr 21, 2009 - 06:04 am .- The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation has announced that twelve archbishops and bishops have joined its Episcopal Board of Advisors for the cause for Archbishop Sheen’s beatification. The foundation told CNA on Monday that the famous archbishop's cause is progressing "quite well."

Southern Catholic College could become Legion institution

Apr 21, 2009 - 03:14 am .- The Legion of Christ and Southern Catholic College (SCC) have signed a memorandum that opens the possibility for the college to become a Legion institution.

U.S. ordination class of 2009 trending younger

Apr 21, 2009 - 01:20 am .- Priests to be ordained in 2009 tend to be younger than those of recent years and come from a variety of different backgrounds, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) reports.

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