Archive of June 22, 2009

Dissidents call for peaceful change and respect for rights of Cubans

Jun 22, 2009 - 10:03 pm .- Leaders of the peaceful resistance in Cuba  repeated their request last week that the government respect human rights and promote transition towards democracy.

Only Christ can transform evil of suffering, Pope tells hospital patients

Jun 22, 2009 - 06:33 pm .- During his trip to San Giovanni Rotondo yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI visited patients and staff at a hospital founded by St. Padre Pio, where he spoke of the “intimate bond” that connects the Cross of Christ to our own human suffering.

Cardinal Newman miracle recognized by Vatican, report says

Jun 22, 2009 - 05:32 pm .- The Holy See has recognized the miracle necessary for the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, the nineteenth-century British theologian who left the Church of England to enter the Roman Catholic Church.

Padre Pio is Cure of Ars for today, says Franciscan postulator

Jun 22, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- As Pope Benedict XVI prepared to visit San Giovanni Rotondo this past weekend to pray at the tomb of St. Pio of Pietrelcina, the Capuchin Franciscan postulator, Father Florio Tessari, called Padre Pio is “today’s Cure of Ars,” because both lived with the Eucharist at the center of their lives and gave tirelessly of themselves in the confessional.

Spanish bishops condemn terrorist attack on policeman in Bilbao

Jun 22, 2009 - 03:10 pm .- The Spanish Bishops’ Conference issued a statement condemning the killing of a policeman in the city of Arrigorriaga on June 19. The Basque separatist group ETA carried out the attack which took the life of Officer Antonio Puelles Garcia.  The bishops condemned the act as “perverse and completely unjustified.”

Massive solidarity for Italian missionary accused of abuse in Kenya

Jun 22, 2009 - 02:12 pm .- Various Catholic organizations have expressed their solidarity with Father Kizito Sesana, a Combonian missionary from Italy who has been unjustly accused of sexually abusing children in Kenya, where he has served children and young people for over 20 years.

Pope highlights importance of prayer in a secular world

Jun 22, 2009 - 11:29 am .- Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI visited the town of San Giovanni Rotondo, where St. Padre Pio lived.  During his visit, he spoke to those present about the importance of maintaining a life of prayer amidst a secular world that often discards the faith.

Pope alone will make final decision on Pius XII cause, Fr. Lombardi states

Jun 22, 2009 - 10:35 am .- Comments made last week by the priest charged with heading up Pope Pius XII's cause for beatification have caused the Vatican's press director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, to issue a statement refuting the idea that the Church is holding back the process because of Jewish concerns.

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