Archive of March 16, 2012

Catholic appreciation offered for retiring Archbishop of Canterbury

Mar 16, 2012 - 06:59 pm .- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has announced that he will step down as the highest clergyman of the Church of England in December 2012 after 10 years in office. The announcement prompted praise for his tenure from Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols.

HHS announces comment period on mandate accommodation

Mar 16, 2012 - 05:52 pm .- After repeatedly stating that it will not back down on its controversial contraception mandate, the Obama administration has announced a 90-day comment period on possible ways to implement its Feb. 10 accommodation.

Costa Rican archbishop supports national day for the unborn

Mar 16, 2012 - 04:04 pm .- The head of the Costa Rican bishops' conference says that a proposal declaring March 25 as a Day of the Unborn Child would be a valuable challenge to societal threats against life.

Pope confirms September 2012 visit to Lebanon

Mar 16, 2012 - 01:56 pm .- Rumors of a papal trip to Lebanon have been confirmed by the head of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, which will welcome Pope Benedict XVI at the start of his Sept. 14-16 visit.

Protestors removed from Catholic Church in Cuba

Mar 16, 2012 - 12:13 pm .- After requests from the archdiocese, local police have removed protestors from a Catholic Church in Cuba who had occupied the building for two days insisting on a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican finds Pius X Society’s response insufficient for unity

Mar 16, 2012 - 11:50 am .- The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said that the theological position of the breakaway Society of St. Pius X is insufficient to restore full unity with the Church at present.

First South African sainthood cause goes to Vatican

Mar 16, 2012 - 04:18 am .- The cause for beatification and canonization of the South African-native Benedict Daswa, who was killed for his refusal to support witchcraft, has arrived in Rome.

Under international pressure, Iran shifts charges against Christian pastor

Mar 16, 2012 - 02:17 am .- Iran has acknowledged to the international community that an imprisoned Christian pastor has been charged with faith-related crimes rather than rape and extortion, as the regime had previously claimed.

South African bishops advise Red Bull fast for Lent

Mar 16, 2012 - 12:11 am .- The Church in South Africa is encouraging Catholics to boycott Red Bull energy drinks and donate the money saved to charitable organizations after the company aired a “Jesus Walks on Water” ad campaign.