Archive of June 19, 2009

Brazilian bishops encourage priests to be holy as Year for Priests begins

Jun 19, 2009 - 09:40 pm .- In a letter to all the priests of the country, the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil urged them to work for the sanctification of priests, so that they may be able to fulfill their mission in the Church and in contemporary society.

Pope Benedict XVI inaugurates Year for Priests

Jun 19, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI solemnly convoked the Year for Priests at St. Peter's Basilica on Friday evening, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart in the year of the 150th anniversary of St. Jean Vianney's death. The Pope's message for priests around the world was to urge them to grow in intimacy with Jesus.

Spanish bishops denounce govt. attempts at expanding abortion

Jun 19, 2009 - 04:36 pm .- The executive committee of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference has issued a strongly-worded statement against the government’s proposed reform of abortion laws saying abortion is the murder of an unborn child and can never be considered a right.

Colombian lawmakers approve mass sterilization

Jun 19, 2009 - 02:21 pm .- Colombia’s House of Representatives has approved a law that promotes mass sterilization and special incentives for those who voluntary undergo the procedure.

Pope’s visit to Padre Pio will inspire greater closeness to Christ, says Capuchin rector

Jun 19, 2009 - 12:21 pm .- On the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the tomb of Padre Pio, Brother Francesco Dileo, Rector of the Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, where the Pope will celebrate Mass this Sunday, said his visit will encourage the faithful to imitate the saint from Pietrelcina and thus follow Christ with more devotion.

Benedict XVI highlights unity with Syriac Catholic Church

Jun 19, 2009 - 10:49 am .- On Friday morning, Pope Benedict XVI received the Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church at the Vatican. The meeting served as an opportunity for the Holy Father to emphasize the unity of the Roman and Syriac traditions.

Year of the Priest to open with worldwide Masses and webcast

Jun 19, 2009 - 06:41 am .- The Dublin-based priest group Worldpriests is marking the Year for Priests by organizing four Masses to be celebrated in four different time zones in different parts of the world.

Pagans charge Catholic club with discrimination for refusing to host ‘Witches’ Ball’

Jun 19, 2009 - 04:06 am .- A Pagan group in Britain has accused a Catholic social club of religious discrimination for refusing to host a Pagan group’s Annual Witches’ Ball on the grounds it was ‘not compatible with the Catholic ethos.’

Catholic Church in England and Wales opens Year for Priests with Mass and prayer

Jun 19, 2009 - 03:02 am .- The Catholic Church in England and Wales is beginning the celebration of the Year for Priests with a Mass at Westminster Cathedral and a call to pray for priests.

Bishop prays for slain priest and conversion of killers in Mexico

Jun 19, 2009 - 12:04 am .- Bishop Maximino Martinez Miranda of Ciudad Altamirano celebrated the funeral mass for a priest and two seminarians slain in the state of Guerrero on June13, calling of the faithful to pray for the conversion of their killers.

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