Archive of February 16, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 16, 2010

Spanish bishop reaffirms that science and faith are complementary

Feb 16, 2010 - 11:03 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Cecilio Raul Berzosa Martinez of Oviedo, Spain remarked this week that science and faith, “when they are authentic,” are not enemies and cannot ignore each other.  He added that “they must be complementary, as they are traveling companions in the mystery of life.”

Open letter reignites debate within Legionaries of Christ

Feb 16, 2010 - 09:30 pm .- An emotional “open letter” from Father Julien Durodie of the Legionaries of Christ in Paris to his brother priests of the movement has reopened debate within the order over how to proceed in the immediate future. The Legionaries are currently undergoing an apostolic visitation by order of the Holy See. 

Spanish laity condemn offensive use of crucifix

Feb 16, 2010 - 06:49 pm .- The Laity Committee of the Diocese of Almeria, Spain issued a strong statement last weekend condemning the use of a crucifix by a local group during Carnival celebrations.  The group chose to use the image of Christ on the cross to parody the economic crisis the country is experiencing.

Webcast to launch 40 Days for Life spring campaign

Feb 16, 2010 - 06:43 pm .- A live webcast from Jackson, Mississippi will launch the spring 2010 session of the 40 Days for Life campaign. The campaign is dedicated to encouraging pro-life community outreach, fasting and prayer vigils outside abortion clinics.

Cardinal Brady: Irish bishops should restore credibility by repentance in Lent

Feb 16, 2010 - 03:30 pm .- Five members of the Irish Bishops' Conference, led by their president and Primate of all Ireland Cardinal Sean Brady, addressed the media on Tuesday afternoon following two days of what they called "intense" discussions with Pope Benedict XVI and members of the Roman Curia. Cardinal Brady said in his remarks that the bishops should spend the penitential season of Lent doing penance to promote “a change of heart.”

Salesian leader looks to future of Haiti with hope

Feb 16, 2010 - 03:09 pm .- During a visit to Haiti last week, the Superior General of the Salesian Order, Father Pascual Chavez, encouraged Salesian workers and volunteers to bring “hope to the people,” before “thinking about rebuilding" the country.

Pope finds weak faith at source of Irish clerical sex abuse

Feb 16, 2010 - 02:03 pm .- At the conclusion of meetings between Pope Benedict XVI, 24 Irish bishops and senior members of the Roman Curia, the Vatican released a general statement describing the nature of the discussions. The Holy Father cited a lack of respect for the human person and a weakening of faith within the Irish Church as significantly contributing to the sexual abuse of minors.

Reservations to view Shroud of Turin reach one million

Feb 16, 2010 - 01:05 pm .- One million people have already reserved tickets to view the Shroud of Turin, which will be on display April 10 – May 23 at the Turin Cathedral in Italy.

Witness of priests and religious key to increasing vocations, Pope asserts

Feb 16, 2010 - 11:22 am .- Pope Benedict released his message for the 47th World Day of Prayer for Vocations on Tuesday. The message, written on the theme "Witness Awakens Vocations," speaks of the great importance of the witness of priests and religious for encouraging future vocations to the priesthood and religious life.

Around the clock Confession to take place in New York City

Feb 16, 2010 - 08:04 am .- A young adults group in the Archdiocese of New York has recently announced a 24-hour confession event which will take place in March during the 2010 Lenten season.

Canon lawyer hopes SSPX discussions will lead to full communion

Feb 16, 2010 - 06:56 am .- Fr. Gerald Murray, a canon lawyer and pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Church in New York City explained to CNA this week that the current discussions between the Holy See and the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) “hold great promise for progress.”

Archbishop Nichols calls for culture that encourages spiritual preparation for death

Feb 16, 2010 - 06:08 am .- Speaking in his homily at a Mass for the Sick at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, Archbishop Vincent Nichols reflected on death and suffering in health care. He advocated a culture of “true compassion and healing” that does not fear death but prepares for it with prayer, the sacraments, and “daily abandonment to God.”

Former Olympic speed skater has ‘no regrets’ about new life as Franciscan sister

Feb 16, 2010 - 02:30 am .- A former U.S. Olympic speed skater is now a Franciscan sister and says she has “no regrets” about her decision to commit to a life of service to God and the poor.

Traditional Latin Mass to be celebrated at National Shrine on Pope's anniversary

Feb 16, 2010 - 03:18 am .- To mark the fifth anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI, a traditional Latin Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Students of snow-damaged Maryland Catholic school to resume classes

Feb 16, 2010 - 02:36 am .- Classes will resume for students of a Maryland Catholic school at a new location after their school’s roof collapsed in the Feb. 6 snowstorm.

Archdiocese of Mexico City accuses lawmakers of attempting to silence the Church

Feb 16, 2010 - 01:08 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City issued a press release last week condemning a bill created to amend the country's constitution to include the word “secular.” The archdiocesan spokesman explained that the measure is “irrationally anti-religious,” and is “intended to regulate and subjugate the Church in matters relating to her evangelistic and social mission.”