Archive of March 20, 2012

Sainthood cause advances for US Jesuit and Soviet prisoner

Mar 20, 2012 - 09:27 pm .- The inquiry into the sainthood cause of Fr. Walter Ciszek, S.J., a missionary who was imprisoned in the Soviet Union for 23 years, has taken a “major step forward” with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints issuing a declaration that the investigation is valid.

Mexicans encouraged to not compare Pope Benedict to John Paul II

Mar 20, 2012 - 04:10 pm .- A local archbishop encouraged Catholics in Mexico as they prepare to welcome Pope Benedict for his March 23-25 visit to the country to not compare him to Blessed John Paul II.

Apostolic visitation calls for overhaul of Church in Ireland

Mar 20, 2012 - 01:44 pm .- A two-year investigation into the Church in Ireland has concluded that “widespread” dissent from Catholic teaching is hampering its renewal.

Pope gives three new bishops to US dioceses

Mar 20, 2012 - 12:54 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed new bishops on March 20 for the dioceses of Baltimore, Md., Rockford, Ill., and Tallahassee-Pensacola, Fla.

Women in White insist on attending Cuban papal Masses

Mar 20, 2012 - 12:06 pm .- The leader of Cuba's Women in White protest group says recent harassment by state police will not deter them from their peaceful defense of human rights and from attending the Masses Pope Benedict will celebrate during his visit to the country March 26-28.

Bishops' religious freedom chair named new Archbishop of Baltimore

Mar 20, 2012 - 10:36 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop William E. Lori, chairman of the U.S. bishops' committee on religious freedom, as the 16th Archbishop of Baltimore on March 20.

Wis. sex ed measure supports local control, parent involvement

Mar 20, 2012 - 04:07 am .- Children, parents, and communities will benefit from Wisconsin's newly-passed bill allowing different types of sex education in public schools, according to the state's Catholic conference.

Southern Catholic boom advances plans for seminary, monastery

Mar 20, 2012 - 02:06 am .- A community of cloistered nuns and a future regional seminary plan to occupy newly purchased property in Cleveland County, N.C., to serve a flourishing Catholic population.

Cardinals launch drive to restore St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Mar 20, 2012 - 12:14 am .- Restoring St. Patrick’s Cathedral will help the church’s mission continue centuries into the future, Cardinals Timothy M. Dolan and Edwin F. O’Brien said in remarks as they launched a capital campaign.