Archive of April 5, 2011

Islamic ties to 1981 attack on John Paul II rejected

Apr 5, 2011 - 07:02 pm .- New charges from Poland’s former communist ruler that Islamic extremists plotted the 1981 assassination attempt against Pope John Paul II are baseless and unbelievable, according to the late Pope’s biographer.

Priest recalls John Paul II's death

Apr 5, 2011 - 06:02 pm .- A member of John Paul II's office of Liturgical Celebrations recently reflected on the late Pontiff's death.

Archbishop addresses abuse, reaffirms commitment to justice

Apr 5, 2011 - 02:02 pm .- Archbishop Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile reiterated the Church's commitment to eradicating sexual abuse.

Vatican plans 'spiritual journey' for John Paul II beatification

Apr 5, 2011 - 01:09 pm .- Perhaps the grandest beatification ceremony ever celebrated –­ the May 1 beatification of Pope John Paul II ­– will be divided into stages to maintain a solemn spirit across three days of prayerful preparation, celebration and thanksgiving.

Ivory Coast cease-fire discussions reported after hundreds die

Apr 5, 2011 - 11:55 am .- While cease-fire negotiations are underway in the Ivory Coast, Vatican charity Caritas Internationalis condemned violence in the country that killed 1,000 civilians over the span of three days.

Supreme Court rules in favor of Ariz. religious schools

Apr 5, 2011 - 05:56 am .- In what's being lauded as a major victory for parental choice in education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Arizona residents have a right to claim tax credit for donations to non-profit groups that provide scholarships to religious schools.

Catholic groups urge Mexican bishop to end homosexual ministry

Apr 5, 2011 - 02:49 am .- Catholic family groups in the Mexican Diocese of Saltillo are urging Bishop Raul Vera Lopez to withdraw his support for a group that they say undermines Church teaching on homosexuality.

California bishops lament stalemate in budget talks

Apr 5, 2011 - 12:26 am .- The halt to state budget talks in California is “tremendously disappointing” and “particularly devastating for the poor and vulnerable,” the state’s Catholic bishops have said.

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