Archive of March 29, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 29, 2010

Deadly Moscow metro bombings cause Church leaders bewilderment and pain

Mar 29, 2010 - 11:09 pm .- The Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow and the Latin Catholic Archbishop of Moscow have reacted to the Moscow Metro bombings with bewilderment and pain. Catholic Mass attendees missed the attacks by “a matter of minutes.”

Nicaraguan bishops urge faithful to defend life

Mar 29, 2010 - 10:01 pm .- The bishops of Nicaragua released a message last week reminding Nicaraguans of God's love for all human beings and encouraging them to continue defending life.

Diocese cuts funds for agency supporting same-sex 'marriage'

Mar 29, 2010 - 09:07 pm .- The Diocese of Portland, Maine has cut the funding for a homeless aid group who lied to about their support for same-sex "marriage."  Sue Bernard, spokesperson for the diocese, told CNA on Monday that “it's a shame that the funding had to be moved,” given the group's dishonesty.

Despite attacks, Pope's teachings remain, Vatican journalist observes

Mar 29, 2010 - 07:57 pm .- Italy's Il Foglio newspaper noted over the weekend that in the nearly five years of Pope Benedict XVI's pontificate, he has been criticized repeatedly, often being accused of turning back time to the period before the Second Vatican Council. The Vatican journalist Paolo Rodari underscores that despite the attacks, the Pope's teachings remain, because "you cannot run away from his words."

Spain self-destructing by abandoning principles, warns Catholic writer

Mar 29, 2010 - 05:58 pm .- Catholic intellectual and writer, Juan Manuel del Prada of Spain, warned last week that the abandonment of values and “unconscious renunciation of principles based on faith,” is leading the Western world, specifically Spain, “to experience of a process of self-destruction.”

John Paul II loved Christ unconditionally, Pope recalls as anniversary nears

Mar 29, 2010 - 05:28 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the Mass at St. Peter’s on Monday evening for the fifth anniversary of Venerable John Paul II’s death. He called his predecessor a "great Pole" whose entire life was given out of charity.

Weigel: NY Times trying to discredit Church using sex abuse

Mar 29, 2010 - 02:46 pm .- In an article published on Monday, noted Catholic scholar George Weigel condemned the recent media treatment of Pope Benedict XVI, particularly by the New York Times, as part of a larger agenda to take “the Church down” and discredit its moral authority. Weigel also praised the Holy Father's “determination to root out” what the Pontiff previously called “filth in the Church.”

Celebrate life by defending it against abortion, encourages pro-life expert

Mar 29, 2010 - 01:50 pm .- In a recent article for the newspaper, “El Grafico,” Mexican pro-life expert Carolina Beauregard applauded actions by 18 of the country's states to establish legal protections for the unborn and encouraged the remaining states to pass similar pro-life laws.

Cardinals react to claim of link between celibacy and sexual abuse

Mar 29, 2010 - 12:55 pm .- The comments of three cardinals on the Church's discipline of having celibate priests have been featured widely in the Italian news media in the last 24 hours. Cardinal Walter Kasper, who works at the Vatican, said that tying sexual abuse to celibacy "is a true abuse of the abuses."

Chile needs $260 million to restore churches, bishops estimate

Mar 29, 2010 - 12:04 pm .- Eighty percent of religious sites in the Chilean regions hit by last month's earthquake are in desperate need of repair, according to a report prepared by the Office of Statistics for the bishops' conference of Chile.  The prelates note that some $260 million will be needed for reconstruction efforts.

Cardinal Rylko teaches youth about freedom found in commitment

Mar 29, 2010 - 10:17 am .- The tenth International Youth Forum closed in Rome yesterday with the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass by Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Vatican dicastery that organized the summit, summarized the week’s lessons for the youth in some words of advice about pursuing Christian love.

Executive order on abortion funding won’t stand, Washington Post columnist says

Mar 29, 2010 - 06:56 am .- Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker has denied that President Obama’s executive order barring funding for abortions is of any enforceable value, saying the legislation’s funding provisions regarding abortion are “intentionally complicated.” She predicts that abortions will be funded at Community Health Centers because of the health care bill.