Archive of March 4, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 4, 2010

Abortion supporter seeking to represent Mexico before UN

Mar 4, 2010 - 10:51 pm .- The regional director of the Center for Studies and Integral Formation of Women, Patricia Lopez, denounced the president of the National Women’s Institute, Rocio Garcia Gaytan, for attempting to monopolize the Mexican delegation attending the 54th meeting of the Conference on the Status of Women, which is currently taking place at the U.N. headquarters in New York.

Mexican bishops: Fr. Maciel’s new revelations should not affect Apostolic Visitation

Mar 4, 2010 - 07:18 pm .- The Mexican Bishops’ Conference (CEM) released a brief statement today saying that the latest revelations involving the founder of the Legion of Christ, Fr. Marcial Maciel, should not derail the Apostolic Visitation of the congregation that is being carried out by five bishops on behalf of the Holy See.

Jewish author describes Pius XII as enemy of Nazi regime

Mar 4, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- Joseph Roth was a famous novelist and Austrian Jewish journalist who produced most of his works in exile due to the Nazi invasion of his country. Days after the inauguration of Pius XII as Pontiff, Roth praised his election and remarked that the new Pope was an “enemy of the pre-apocalyptic beasts” of Nazism that were governing Germany.

Legion of Christ responds to founder's alleged children

Mar 4, 2010 - 06:56 pm .- The Legionaries of Christ released two statements today responding to the dramatic revelations by a woman and her three sons who claim to be the wife and children of Fr. Marcial Maciel. During an interview in front of a large television audience in Mexico, Blanca Estela Lara Gutiérrez and her sons charged that Fr. Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ, led a parallel life.

US ambassador to Vatican: Obama's foreign policy is marked by audacity and hope

Mar 4, 2010 - 06:10 pm .- In his first interview since taking his place in the Vatican City as U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Miguel Umberto Diaz spoke with Italy's Christian Family magazine for an article titled "Vatican and USA - Together for Peace." The ambassador also reflected on how he believes that President Obama's foreign policy is characterized by audacity and hope.

Traditional Anglican community requests to join Catholic Church

Mar 4, 2010 - 03:11 pm .- On Wednesday, leaders of the U.S. branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion formally requested to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

First gay 'marriage' takes place in Buenos Aires

Mar 4, 2010 - 02:53 pm .- Damian Bernath and Jorge Salazar have become the first same-sex couple to “marry” in the city of Buenos Aires. Their ceremony took place Wednesday despite requests from the Archbishop of Buenos Aires and the Corporation of Catholic Lawyers that the city's mayor appeal the decision allowing the “marriage.”

Plans for papal meeting with Maltese youth emerge

Mar 4, 2010 - 01:37 pm .- More details have come to light on Pope Benedict XVI's trip to the Mediterranean island of Malta this coming April. During his encounter with youth on the second day of his travels, the Pope is set to exchange words with the young Maltese from an "eco-friendly" stage.

Benedict XVI announces new members of Eucharistic Congress Committee

Mar 4, 2010 - 01:23 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI nominated four clergymen from within the Vatican to the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses on Thursday. The new members will work to celebrate and prepare the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place in Dublin in 2012.

Cardinal announces prayer campaign for Chile

Mar 4, 2010 - 01:06 pm .- Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Santiago is urging the faithful of Chile to unite in prayer each day at 7 p.m. local time to remember the victims of the country's recent earthquake, and to thank God for the gift of life.

Bishops of Portugal announce initiatives to prepare for Pope's visit

Mar 4, 2010 - 11:37 am .- As the date of Pope Benedict XVI's arrival nears, the bishops of Portugal have made a call to the people of the country to prepare themselves, the Church and society to welcome him. They also exhorted the population to use the Apostolic Visit as a "seed that sprouts and gives fruits of spiritual renewal."

Radical feminist proposal for UN ‘super agency’ wins Obama administration backing

Mar 4, 2010 - 06:36 am .- The Obama administration has endorsed a proposal to create a new U.N. “super agency” to advance extremist feminist ideology, the Population Research Institute (PRI) says. The organization warns the agency could engage in “cultural imperialism” in service to radical causes.

Philippines bishops warn against govt. condom campaign

Mar 4, 2010 - 04:05 am .- The Catholic bishops of the Philippines, discussing efforts to reduce the spread of AIDS, have reiterated the importance of premarital chastity and spousal fidelity. They charged that condoms, promoted by a new government campaign, should carry warning labels because they create a false sense of security and encourage promiscuity.

Catholic charity helps provide new facility for mentally disabled in Egypt

Mar 4, 2010 - 02:05 am .- The Catholic Charity Aid to the Church in need (ACN) reported on Wednesday that they are helping fund a new center for the mentally disabled in Egypt. The new facility will allow for those who minister to the disabled population to leave their current center in the desert.