Archive of May 28, 2009

Cardinal Urosa calls on Catholics to pray for the bishops of Venezuela

May 28, 2009 - 10:11 pm .- In a message about the ad limina visit the bishops of Venezuela will make in June, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas encouraged Catholics to pray for their mission and for each of the county’s bishops.

More than 30,000 faithful pray to Our Lady of Aparecida for families of Brazil

May 28, 2009 - 08:12 pm .- More than 30,000 people participated last Sunday in the national pilgrimage for the family, organized by the Bishops’ Conference of Brazil, which concluded at the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida, the patroness of the country.

Archbishop was unaware Fr. Cutié planned to leave Catholic Church

May 28, 2009 - 05:42 pm .- Archbishop John C. Favalora of Miami made a statement on Thursday afternoon in which he revealed that he was kept in the dark about Fr. Alberto Cutié's decision to join the Episcopal Church. The archbishop also stressed that by his actions, Cutié has forfeited his rights as a cleric but is not dismissed from the promise of celibacy he freely made.

Cardinal Canizares laments 40 million babies aborted in Spain

May 28, 2009 - 05:23 pm .- The new prefect for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, expressed his concern this week over the eventual liberalization of the country’s abortion laws and recalled that 40 million babies in Spain have been killed by abortion.

Fr. Cutie leaves Catholic Church, joins Episcopal Church following scandal

May 28, 2009 - 03:54 pm .- Father Alberto Cutie, a priest and television host who was well-known in the Miami area, has left the Catholic Church and joined the Episcopal Church. The priest's change comes after he was photographed kissing a woman on a beach earlier this month.

Benedict XVI points to education to fight relativism

May 28, 2009 - 02:32 pm .- The bishops of Italy met this afternoon with Pope Benedict, who spoke to them about the “urgent task” of education in Christian values, the upcoming Year for Priests, the earthquake that struck the Abruzzo region and the impact of the financial crisis.

Pius XII helped thousands of Jews and laid the foundation for the Council, says Cardinal Ruini

May 28, 2009 - 12:55 pm .- The Vicar Emeritus of the Diocese of Rome has penned a personal article about his childhood and adolescence during the pontificate of Pius XII, who he said reached out to the Jews and laid the foundation for the Second Vatican Council.

Abortion supporters vandalize church, pro-life offices and university

May 28, 2009 - 10:26 am .- The Abat Oliba University in Barcelona became the third target for vandalism by abortion supporters, who have painted pro-abortion graffiti on the walls of various places in the city.

Bishop Lori alleges media ‘intervention’ in court decision to unseal abuse records

May 28, 2009 - 06:36 am .- The Diocese of Bridgeport is defending its legal efforts to keep thousands of documents from settled abuse lawsuits from being unsealed by a Connecticut Supreme Court decision. The diocese’s bishop has alleged that a judge’s apparent conflict of interest and “media self-interest” may have resulted in an unjust decision.

Kmiec proposes end of legally recognized marriage

May 28, 2009 - 04:41 am .- Doug Kmiec, a prominent Catholic who backed Barack Obama’s presidential bid, has endorsed replacing marriage with a neutral “civil license,” a proposal law professor Robert P. George called a “terrible idea” that would make the government neglect a vital social institution.

Vatican Radio to experiment with advertising to defray costs

May 28, 2009 - 03:05 am .- Vatican Radio has announced that it will carry advertising in an attempt to help defray its 21.4 million Euro ($29.8 million) annual operating fees.

Obama picks Cuban Liberation theologian as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See

May 28, 2009 - 01:35 am .- In a surprising move, President Barack Obama announced on Wednesday evening that Miguel H. Diaz, Ph.D., a 45 year old lay Liberation theologian born in Havana (Cuba) is his pick to become the United States Ambassador to the Holy See.

Armed robbers attack nun and elderly women in raid on Tanzanian convent

May 28, 2009 - 01:04 am .- Earlier this month a gang of armed robbers broke into a Tanzanian convent, attacking a nun, workers, and four elderly women in the sisters’ care. News of the attack prompted an international Catholic charity to provide assistance to repair the convent’s broken doors.

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