Archive of May 12, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 12, 2010

Dissidents challenge Cuban government to publish Varela Project

May 12, 2010 - 10:07 pm .- The director of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, challenged the Castro regime to publish the Varela Project and “to publicly commit itself to respecting the right spelled out in article 88 of the Constitution that allows citizens to exercise this legal initiative.”

Rep. who supported health care bill loses primary following pro-life initiative

May 12, 2010 - 08:02 pm .- After a campaign run by a pro-life activist group that targeted pro-life members of congress who supported the health care reform bill, a West Virginia representative lost his recent primary election.

Making God visible is highest priority today, Pope says at vigil

May 12, 2010 - 06:32 pm .- We must not be afraid to share our faith, said Pope Benedict XVI from the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima on Wednesday evening. The "highest priority" today is to make God present in the world lest his light be "snuffed out forever."

Pope consecrates priests of the world to Immaculate Heart of Mary

May 12, 2010 - 06:16 pm .- After praying Vespers this evening in Fatima, Pope Benedict XVIconsecrated the priests of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.In order to consecrate the more than 400,000 men, he prayed thefollowing prayer while adoring the Blessed Sacrament, and accompaniedby priests, religious and consecrated persons gathered at the Church ofHoly Trinity.

Colombian doctor suspended for not performing abortion on minor

May 12, 2010 - 05:59 pm .- Colombia’s Attorney General, Alejandro Ordonez Maldonado, recently called on the country’s Constitutional Court to protect the fundamental rights of Dr. German Arango Rojas, who was suspended for refusing to perform an abortion on a minor with a disability despite the demands of her parents.

Benedict XVI exhorts priests to be faithful to Catholic Church

May 12, 2010 - 05:55 pm .- Drawing inspiration from the Year for Priests, the Pope emphasized the importance of new vocations and fidelity to one's vocation in his homily at the celebration of Vespers in Fatima. The Church, he said, has a mission to bring men and women to Christ and "we are responsible for proclaiming the faith, the whole faith, with all its demands."

Vatican II laid foundation for authentic renewal, declares Pope Benedict

May 12, 2010 - 02:55 pm .- In Portugal on Wednesday, the Holy Father highlighted the importance of the Second Vatican Council in bringing the Church into contact with the world. The foundation for Catholic renewal and a "civilization of love" were laid through it, he said.

Bolivian president to meet with Benedict XVI on May 17

May 12, 2010 - 02:04 pm .- President of Bolivia, Evo Morales will meet with Pope Benedict at the Vatican on May 17, confirmed Bolivia's Minister of Foreign Affairs, David Choquehuanca.

Mary crowned with 'bullet' of our sufferings, Benedict XVI says in Fatima

May 12, 2010 - 01:17 pm .- "It is a profound consolation to know that you are crowned not only with the silver and gold of our joys and hopes, but also with the 'bullet' of our anxieties and sufferings," said the Holy Father in Fatima on Wednesday evening. In prayer before Mary in the Chapel of Apparitions at the Our Lady of Fatima Shrine, the Pope entrusted all people to Our Lady and gave thanks for all prayers for him.

Portuguese soccer champions present Benedict XVI with team jersey

May 12, 2010 - 11:50 am .- Prior to Mass in Lisbon on Tuesday, the current champions of the Portugal's soccer league gave Pope Benedict the team's jersey with the name “Bento” and the number 16 printed on the back.

Church has mission of truth in increasingly secular society, Pope tells Portuguese

May 12, 2010 - 11:26 am .- This morning in Lisbon, Pope Benedict emphasized the importance of truth and tradition to culture while speaking to a large gathering of cultural leaders. He presented the Church as a “champion” of tradition and her “mission of truth” as a need for modern societies.

Lafayette Catholics receive new bishop from Pope Benedict

May 12, 2010 - 10:28 am .- The Holy Father appointed Msgr. Timothy Doherty as bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette, Indiana on Wednesday, while simultaneously accepting the resignation of the current bishop of the diocese.

Cardinal O'Brien shares hopes for upcoming UK papal visit

May 12, 2010 - 07:07 am .- In an exclusive interview with CNA, Cardinal Keith O'Brien discussed hopes and plans for the Pope's upcoming trip to the United Kingdom, highlighting a recent visit he had with Susan Boyle and saying  “it is hoped” that she will perform for the Holy Father during his stay.

Mojave Desert Cross torn down by vandals after surviving court challenge

May 12, 2010 - 05:36 am .- The 76-year-old Mojave Desert Cross, a veterans’ memorial which survived a federal court order to remove it from the Mojave National Preserve, was torn down by vandals on Sunday night. Veterans’ groups decried the “disgraceful” vandalism and offered a $25,000 reward for the perpetrators’ capture.

Five Denver men overjoyed as priestly ordinations approach

May 12, 2010 - 04:29 am .- Although the image of the Catholic priest has been tarnished lately by the sex abuse scandal, the Archdiocese of Denver has announced that it will ordain five men to the priesthood, all of whom say they are joyful at having the chance to live a life “in intimacy with Christ at the service of the Church.”

Hundreds join KC bishops in witness for life

May 12, 2010 - 03:06 am .- For the third year in a row, Kansas City, Kansas Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann and Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert W. Finn joined hundreds in praying the Rosary outside the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Overland Park, Kansas. About 400 people prayed all 20 Mysteries of the Rosary led by the two bishops on May 8.

Ahead of World Cup, Catholic archbishop condemns human trafficking

May 12, 2010 - 01:06 am .- On the eve of the World Cup on Saturday about 1,000 people gathered in Pretoria to pray for an end to human trafficking. The Catholic Archbishop of Johannesburg said trafficking was a “degrading form of modern slavery” which Christians should oppose.