Archive of March 8, 2012

Cardinals approve heroic virtues of Father Felix Varela

Mar 8, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- The Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of the Saints approved a decree on the heroic virtues of Cuban priest Father Felix Varela, moving him one step closer to being declared “venerable.”

Bishop Aquila receives Pope's praise for reordering sacraments

Mar 8, 2012 - 03:58 pm .- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo said he is delighted to have first-hand papal approval for changing the order by which children in his diocese receive the sacraments.

Pope names new bishop of Baker, Oregon

Mar 8, 2012 - 01:39 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI’s March 7 appointment of Fr. Liam Stephen Cary as the new bishop of Oregon’s Baker diocese was warmly received by Catholic bishops in the region.

Vatican prevents complete website shutdown

Mar 8, 2012 - 12:31 pm .- Despite launching an attack for several hours on the Vatican website, a group of hackers known as Anonymous was unsuccessful in completely shutting down the Holy See's official internet page.

New music video project to promote inspirational artists

Mar 8, 2012 - 09:51 am .- A new Catholic non-profit project called Music Visions aims to promote music artists who have messages of faith, joy and hope to inspire the next generation.

Vatican astronomer: Science one of the best ways to know God

Mar 8, 2012 - 04:14 am .- The astronomer for the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., says that his study of the universe through science has helped him better understand the person of Christ.

Catholic leaders call for farming policies that help poor

Mar 8, 2012 - 02:12 am .- Leaders of multiple Catholic organizations are asking a U.S. Senate committee to develop legislation that serves the needs of the poor and hungry, helps vulnerable farming communities and encourages sustainable stewardship of natural resources.

HHS mandate threatens Little Sisters of the Poor elder care

Mar 8, 2012 - 12:34 am .- The Little Sisters of the Poor say the HHS contraception and sterilization mandate threatens their continued ministry to the impoverished elderly. They are “strongly objecting” to the federal rule and say it should be repealed as soon as possible.