Archive of February 18, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 18, 2010

Bishops urge Mexico to conquer mediocrity and violence

Feb 18, 2010 - 11:06 pm .- In light of the upcoming elections and the bicentennial celebration of Mexico’s independence, two of the country's bishops have released a statement encouraging the faithful to “build up” Mexico and leave behind mediocrity and violence.

Roman Missal workshops to prepare clergy and officials for revised liturgy

Feb 18, 2010 - 09:35 pm .- As the implementation of the revised Roman Missal approaches, a series of workshops will be offered around the United States to prepare priests and diocesan officials for the changes to the liturgy.

Italian bishop defends Cardinal Bertone from newspaper attack

Feb 18, 2010 - 08:01 pm .- Il Foglio, a politically influential Italian newspaper, published an article criticizing Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone last Saturday. Despite his "Salesian exuberance" and friendly demeanor, the paper claimed he has "little or no strategy" and a lack of “diplomatic pedigree." The article drew a rebuke from an Italian bishop, who wrote that Pope Benedict believes that the cardinal has the correct skill set.

Academy for Life members ask Pope to remove archbishop who has caused 'infinite problems'

Feb 18, 2010 - 07:45 pm .- In a letter released on Wednesday, five members of the Pontifical Academy for Life criticized the recent actions of their head, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, and suggested that he resign from his leadership of the academy. One signatory of the letter, Christine de Marcellus de Vollmer, told CNA that the academy president has caused “infinite problems.”

Spanish pro-lifers call upcoming March for Life 'more necessary than ever'

Feb 18, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- The spokesperson for Right to Life in Spain, Gador Joya, is calling all Spaniards to join in the country's March for life on March 7.  She noted that this protest is “more necessary than ever” as Spain's new abortion law will be debated by the Spanish Congress in the upcoming days.

Chinese underground Bishop Wang remembered for legacy of faith

Feb 18, 2010 - 04:06 pm .- On February 2, at the age of 88, Bishop Raymond Wang Chonglin died after 60 years of priesthood. He leaves behind an enormous legacy as the "truly good shepherd" of the Diocese of Zhaoxian, China, where the Christian communities he established remain.

'Priestly vocation' to be focus of Vatican retreat

Feb 18, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- On Sunday, February 21, the annual spiritual exercises for Pope Benedict and Roman Curia will begin at the Vatican's Redemptoris Mater chapel.  The retreat's meditations will be given by Salesian Father Enrico dal Covolo on the theme, “Lessons from God and The Church on the Priestly Vocation.”

Child trafficking ring unmasked in Pakistan after murder of Christian girl

Feb 18, 2010 - 01:00 pm .- Investigators looking into the case 12-year old Shazia Masih, a Christian girl who was tortured, raped and killed on January 22 in Lahore, Pakistan, say they have uncovered a “a sinister twist of the sale, trafficking, and slavery of children” that has overtaken the country.

Benedict XVI calls priests to protect communion between God and man

Feb 18, 2010 - 12:07 pm .- Pope Benedict hosted priests from the Diocese of Rome in the Vatican's Benediction Hall on Thursday morning for a "lectio divina" during their traditional Lenten audience. The Pope used his reflection on St. Paul's Letter to the Hebrews to encourage priests to protect communion between God and man, especially in areas under attack by society.

We must follow Jesus into the Lenten desert, Pope says on Ash Wednesday

Feb 18, 2010 - 11:12 am .- In his homily at the Basilica of Saint Sabina on Ash Wednesday, the Holy Father spoke about returning to the communion with God that was lost when Adam was banished from the Garden of Eden. To return, he said, we need to "cross the desert, the test of faith."

Mississippi collects over 130,000 signatures for Personhood Amendment

Feb 18, 2010 - 08:07 am .- A grass roots organization in Mississippi has amassed over 130,000 signatures in order to place a Personhood amendment on an upcoming ballot in the state. The amount of signatures well surpasses the minimum requirement of 89,285 needed for a ballot initiative.

Charges of Church involvement in Orissa violence ‘baseless,’ Indian archbishop says

Feb 18, 2010 - 06:48 am .- Churchmen and other leaders in India’s Orissa state have rejected a Hindu radical group’s claim that the Church perpetrated violence there. The local archbishop said the group spreads “baseless and misleading” information.

Australian Anglo-Catholic group votes to explore conversion to Catholicism

Feb 18, 2010 - 05:34 am .- By a unanimous vote, the Anglo-Catholic group Forward in Faith Australia has established a working party guided by a Catholic bishop to explore how its followers can convert to Roman Catholicism.

Catholic man charged with violating court order by taking daughter to church

Feb 18, 2010 - 04:32 am .- A Catholic man could face prison after violating a temporary court order that forbade him from taking his toddler to Mass. Joesph Reyes of Chicago is in the midst of a bitter divorce suit with his estranged wife, Rebecca Shapiro, who is Jewish.

USCCB launches Spanish-language marriage support website

Feb 18, 2010 - 02:27 am .- A Spanish-language version of a marriage support website has been launched by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The site aims to help couples discover the “great richness” of Christian marriage and to strengthen spousal love within the community of faith.