Archive of May 5, 2009

Father Lombardi asks faithful to pray for Pope’s visit to Holy Land

May 5, 2009 - 09:58 pm .- In his editorial last Saturday, the Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, encouraged the faithful to accompany Pope Benedict XVI on his journey to the Holy Land with what John Paul II called “great prayer.”

Bishop Wenski leads Mass of Reparation for Obama invite and Catholic ‘complacency’

May 5, 2009 - 09:10 pm .- Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida led a Mass of Reparation on Sunday for Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama and “the sins and transgressions committed against the dignity and sacredness of human life.” Criticizing Catholic “complacency,” he urged the faithful to be “for the world” by living the Gospel.

Cardinal Rivera reiterates call to act responsibly amidst epidemic

May 5, 2009 - 07:55 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said in his Sunday homily  that the solution to the flu epidemic that has hit the country “is not only in the actions of our leaders but requires also the collaboration of all of society, and therefore we call on you for prevention more than for worry; action more than fear, and above all, responsibility.”

One of world’s oldest bishops criticizes film 'Angels and Demons'

May 5, 2009 - 05:41 pm .- Bishop Emeritus Antonio Rosario Mennonna, 103, of Nardo-Gallipoli (Italy), one of three living bishops born in 1906, has criticized the film Angels and Demons as “useless stupidity.”

Bishop of Winona: Notre Dame flap ‘no win’ for the Church, losing situation for university

May 5, 2009 - 03:32 pm .- In an article titled "The Notre Dame Flap," Bishop of Winona, Minnesota Bernard Harrington, harshly criticized the decision of the University of Notre Dame to bestow an honorary degree upon President Obama, saying that it has created a "no win" situation for the Church in the U.S. and a losing one for the university.

Archbishop of Miami ‘deeply saddened’ by priest’s photo scandal

May 5, 2009 - 01:46 pm .- Archbishop of Miami John C. Favalora has said he is "deeply saddened" by news that a South Florida priest well-known for his Spanish language television and radio shows was photographed in "compromising positions" with a woman on a beach.  

Nuncio in Iraq says no plans for Pope to visit the country

May 5, 2009 - 01:39 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq and Jordan, Archbishop Francis A. Chullikat, told the Italian agency SIR that Pope Benedict XVI does not have any plans to visit Iraq in May, despite comments made by some Iraqi lawmakers.

Church Office of Statistics publishes latest data on the Holy Land

May 5, 2009 - 10:40 am .- Pope Benedict will begin his trip to the Holy Land this Friday. In anticipation of the visit, the Central Statistical Office of the Church has published information detailing the presence and ministry of the Church in the region.

Vatican to install 32 recruits to the Swiss Guard

May 5, 2009 - 10:19 am .- The Vatican is preparing to swear in 32 recruits as members of the Pontifical Swiss Guard tomorrow at five in the evening.  The ceremony is celebrated every year on May 6 to commemorate the death of the 147 Swiss Guards who died during the Sack of Rome.

School’s commencement pick of Sen. Casey ‘sad and disappointing,’ Bishop Martino says

May 5, 2009 - 06:27 am .- Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino has called Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s role as commencement speaker at King’s College is “sad and disappointing” because the allegedly pro-life Democrat cannot “muster the courage” to oppose “the pro-abortion agenda” in Washington.

Montana assisted suicide decision under review

May 5, 2009 - 02:47 am .- The Montana Supreme Court is considering whether to overturn a state judge’s ruling that Montana residents have a legal right to assisted suicide.

Cardinal Zen is papal envoy for John Paul II celebrations

May 5, 2009 - 12:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed the recently-retired Cardinal Joseph Zen as his special envoy to the 25th anniverary celebrations for John Paul II's visit to Thailand.

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