Archive of May 12, 2011

Pope urges Catholics and Jews to 'stand together'

May 12, 2011 - 08:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI today urged Catholics and Jews to “stand together” in facing some of the greatest challenges facing mankind today.

Catholics defend CUA decision to invite Boehner as commencement speaker

May 12, 2011 - 07:34 pm .- Ahead of House Speaker John Boehner’s May 14 commencement address at the Catholic University of America, over 75 professors from Catholic universities have written a letter criticizing the Ohio Republican’s budget proposal.

Filipino bishops cut off talks with government over reproductive health bill

May 12, 2011 - 04:04 pm .- Bishops in the Philippines are halting dialogue with the local government as the country's president voices increasing support for a highly controversial Reproductive Health Bill.

Biloxi Catholics recall past, dedicate new building

May 12, 2011 - 02:06 pm .- Prior to the establishment of Sacred Heart Parish in 1962, Catholics living in the area of Jackson County, Mississippi worshiped in the home of John B. and Gertrude Delmas.

In Rome, anticipation for a new document on Latin Mass, due out tomorrow

May 12, 2011 - 12:56 pm .- Father Tim Finigan has three reasons to be happy. He’s in Rome. It’s sunny. And tomorrow will see the publication of a new papal document that will clarify the Pope’s 2007 permission to expand the use of the pre-Vatican II form of the Mass.

'The next train leaving Vatican City is …'

May 12, 2011 - 10:52 am .- It’s a little known Vatican fact but the Pope has his own train station. Thing is, it’s been dormant for years – until now. May 21 will see a 1930s steam train leave the Vatican City Station for a trip to the Italian countryside. And it’s all to raise money for the Holy See’s official charity, Caritas.

Mexico urged to strengthen bond between mother and child

May 12, 2011 - 10:03 am .- Several organizations are calling on the Mexican government to protect the bond between a mother and her child.

In 150 year old case, Rhode Island confronts its anti-Catholic past

May 12, 2011 - 05:55 am .- Rhode Island lawmakers voted last week to pardon an Irish Catholic man they say was wrongfully executed in 1845. The decision closes an ugly chapter in the long history of discrimination against Catholics in the U.S. 

Presbyterian vote allows homosexual clergy, eliminates chastity standard

May 12, 2011 - 12:39 am .- The Presbyterian Church USA has voted to remove clergy requirements of marital fidelity or single chastity, thus allowing the ordination of ministers and lay leaders who are openly homosexual or living in unmarried relationships.

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