Archive of April 27, 2009

Anti-Christian violence in Pakistan prompts fears of ‘Talibanization’

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:29 pm .- Last Wednesday’s anti-Christian violence in Karachi left 15 people wounded and resulted in the houses of 15 Christian families being set on fire, putting Christians on alert as the Taliban increases its influence in Pakistan.

Pope calls on Bolivian officials to shed light on attack on Cardinal Terrazas

Apr 27, 2009 - 08:20 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has called on Bolivian officials to shed light on the attack against the president of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval.

Most former Catholics left Church when young, detailed new survey says

Apr 27, 2009 - 06:33 pm .- A new survey provides detailed information about the one in ten American adults who are former Catholics, showing that most left the faith before the age of 24. Those who became Protestant most often said their spiritual needs were not being met, while those who became unaffiliated most often said they just gradually drifted away.

Upon receiving award, Cardinal Foley credits educators

Apr 27, 2009 - 06:00 pm .- The Grand Master of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, Cardinal John Foley, said last week, “The Vatican City State is the smallest country in the world, but it is also one of the most important because of the moral authority of the Pope and the Church, of which he is the visible head.”

Priests denounce vices brought out by Lugo scandal

Apr 27, 2009 - 04:51 pm .- In the wake the paternity suit recently filed against President Fernando Lugo of Paraguay, the Secular Institute of Schoenstatt Priests in Asuncion has issued a strong statement saying that by his actions the president has demonstrated he is unfaithful to his word, lacks an understanding of the family and of parenthood and is motivated by political opportunism.

Cardinal Lopez Rodriguez denies Church pressured politicians to reject abortion

Apr 27, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez denied last week that the Church pressured lawmakers to vote to reject the legalization of abortion. The cardinal also said if that had occurred, it would have been a step backwards for the country.

Holy Land preparing for Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic visit

Apr 27, 2009 - 01:19 pm .- Painters, workers and archeologists are among those making the final preparations for Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to the Holy Land, which will take place May 8-15.

Mary Ann Glendon refuses to accept Laetare Medal from Notre Dame

Apr 27, 2009 - 11:55 am .- Less than a month before Notre Dame’s Commencement, the former Vatican ambassador Mary Ann Glendon has written President Jenkins to refuse the university's Laetare Medal, rebuffing his claim that her acceptance speech would somehow “balance” the event.

Pope Benedict ponders daily relevance of five new saints

Apr 27, 2009 - 10:38 am .- During yesterday's Mass and canonization ceremony, Pope Benedict reflected on the relevance and story of each of the five new saints.

Holy Father holds meetings with Prince Charles and President of Belarus

Apr 27, 2009 - 10:37 am .- This morning Benedict XVI met with both Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall, as well as the President of Belarus.  During both meetings he emphasized the importance of inter-cultural dialogue for promoting peace in the world.

Vatican moves to enhance Arab relations ahead of papal visit

Apr 27, 2009 - 10:29 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the Holy Land is now just over a week away, and as it approaches, the Vatican is seeking to bolster ties with Muslim nations in the region.

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