Archive of March 15, 2012

Pope prays for victims of Swiss bus crash

Mar 15, 2012 - 06:21 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has voiced his prayers and condolences for the victims of a deadly bus accident in Switzerland that killed 28 people, including 22 schoolchildren.

Church's tax preparation help saved Americans $7 million in 2011

Mar 15, 2012 - 06:01 pm .- Americans in need saved $7.4 million through the free tax preparation assistance offered by Catholic Charities during 2011, according to new figures released by the national organization.

First secular business files lawsuit over HHS mandate

Mar 15, 2012 - 04:36 pm .- A Missouri business owner has become the first employer of a for-profit, secular company to bring a lawsuit challenging the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.

Nicaraguan bishops reject proposal to legalize drugs

Mar 15, 2012 - 04:06 pm .- The president of the Nicaraguan bishops' conference said he is against the legalization of drugs in Central America, stressing that “the consequences would be worse” than the current situation.

Texas bishops hear call to unity at St. Peter's tomb

Mar 15, 2012 - 01:50 pm .- Bishops must strengthen their bonds of unity in order to evangelize the world, San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in a March 15 homily at the tomb of Saint Peter.

Cardinal Ortega: Pope will leave spiritual mark on Cuba

Mar 15, 2012 - 12:06 pm .- In a Cuban state-run television address, Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino of Havana said Pope Benedict's upcoming trip to the country will leave a lasting spiritual change among the people.

Cardinal Wuerl stresses right to public faith in new book

Mar 15, 2012 - 11:55 am .- For Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington, D.C., the Church’s ongoing battle for religious freedom in America highlights the need for Catholics to bring their faith into the public square.

Bl. Kateri's canonization a sign of hope for Native American Catholics

Mar 15, 2012 - 04:16 am .- South Dakota's Native American Catholics are looking toward Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha's canonization for hope amid social and economic troubles, according to Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City.

New poll shows Scotland opposed to 'gay marriage'

Mar 15, 2012 - 03:13 am .- The majority of Scots do not support legal recognition of “gay marriage,” according to a recently conducted poll in the country.

Philly archdiocese ex-financial officer to face charges in $900,000 theft

Mar 15, 2012 - 12:41 am .- The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has turned herself in to the Philadelphia district attorney to face several charges related to the theft of almost one million dollars from the archdiocese.