Archive of April 14, 2011

Planned Parenthood funding ban fails in Senate

Apr 14, 2011 - 07:02 pm .- A ban on federal funding for Planned Parenthood passed the U.S. House but failed in the Senate on April 14.

Virtual pilgrimage opened at St. Francis of Assisi's tomb

Apr 14, 2011 - 06:10 pm .- Officials at the shrine of St. Francis of Assisi have installed two video cameras in the crypt of the basilica so Catholics worldwide can make a “virtual pilgrimage” to the saint's tomb.

Vatican’s China commission says bishop's ordination was illegitimate

Apr 14, 2011 - 04:32 pm .- The Vatican is describing the recent ordination of a Chinese bishop without the approval of Rome as “gravely illegitimate” but is stopping short of definitely declaring him excommunicated.

Video of Muslims burning Christians is a fraud, Salesians confirm

Apr 14, 2011 - 02:57 pm .- A video allegedly showing Christians being burned alive by Muslims in Ivory Coast is a fraud, the Salesians recently confirmed.

Brussels archbishop hit with foam pies, refuses legal action

Apr 14, 2011 - 01:46 pm .- The head of the Catholic Church in Belgium told CNA that he won’t be taking legal action against the pro-gay activists who attacked him with pies made from shaving foam.

Japanese ambassador 'very grateful' to Pope for his generosity

Apr 14, 2011 - 12:48 pm .- The Japanese Ambassador to the Holy See says he’s “very grateful” to Pope Benedict XVI, after the Vatican announced that earthquake and tsunami victims in Japan would benefit from money collected on Holy Thursday at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Top choral director calls modern Church music 'ecclesiastical karaoke'

Apr 14, 2011 - 05:46 am .- A Grammy winning music director has delivered a stinging attack upon modern Church music.  Joseph Cullen, choral director at the London Symphony Orchestra, says that since the 1960s there has been a “glaring lack of sympathy” for “worthy sacred music.”

US bishops launch John Paul II memorial website

Apr 14, 2011 - 02:51 am .- In honor of the upcoming beatification of Pope John Paul II, the U.S. bishops' conference launched a new website featuring a 17-minute video with footage from the late pontiff's life.

Poverty not reduced by population control, states Vatican’s UN observer

Apr 14, 2011 - 01:08 am .- The chief Vatican representative to the United Nations said that pushing population control methods on underdeveloped countries offends human dignity and ultimately proves ineffective in eradicating global poverty.

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