Archive of March 9, 2012

Convert priest thrilled to host Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury

Mar 9, 2012 - 06:29 pm .- Catholic convert Father Peter Hughes prefers to describe himself as “an Anglican who is now in full communion with Peter.”

NY Times ad accused of 'hate speech' against Catholics

Mar 9, 2012 - 05:17 pm .- A secularist group's New York Times ad that urges Catholics to leave the Church over its' resistance to the contraception mandate is being called “hate speech” by critics.

Pope: each confession helps the New Evangelization

Mar 9, 2012 - 04:20 pm .- Confession and true conversion of people’s hearts is the “motor” of all reform and an authentic “force for evangelization,” Pope Benedict XVI told a gathering of priests and deacons March 9.

Morning-after pill leads to increased abortions in Spain

Mar 9, 2012 - 04:06 pm .- New data from Spain's Ministry of Health shows that since the morning-after pill has been made available without a prescription, abortions have risen 1.3 percent in the country.

On disaster's first anniversary, Japanese Catholics turn to prayer

Mar 9, 2012 - 04:00 pm .- A year after one of the most devastating Japanese natural disasters in history, Archbishop Leo Jun Ikenaga of Osaka is calling on Catholics to pray for those who died in the earthquake and tsunami and for the reconstruction of the country. 

Peruvian cardinal encourages doctors to see Christ in the sick

Mar 9, 2012 - 12:04 pm .- Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima encouraged local doctors and health workers to always see Christ in the sick, who are a light that the world wishes to “extinguish.”

Youth need Catholic vision of sexuality, Pope tells American bishops

Mar 9, 2012 - 11:31 am .- In an address that tackled attempts to redefine marriage, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the bishops of the United States to teach young people an authentic Catholic vision of sex and love.

Maine diocese will oppose 'gay marriage' ballot question

Mar 9, 2012 - 04:29 am .- While some media outlets have presented Bishop Richard Malone of Portland’s new pastoral letter on marriage as a sign the Catholic Church in Maine will not oppose a ballot measure to recognize “gay marriage” in the state, the diocese maintains that is not the case.

Archbishop Chaput discusses Catholic schools' future with students

Mar 9, 2012 - 01:49 am .- After some closings and mergers, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia met with students in an online and in-person forum to discuss the future of Catholic schools in the archdiocese.

Migration beneficial to all involved, Vatican diplomat says

Mar 9, 2012 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s top diplomat to the United Nations refugee agency told a conference in Rome that despite its challenges, migration is ultimately beneficial to everyone involved.