Archive of March 27, 2012

Benedict XVI meets his 'spiritual Godmother' in Santiago de Cuba

Mar 27, 2012 - 08:59 pm .- After beginning his day on Tuesday with a private Mass in Santiago de Cuba, Pope Benedict XVI met a religious sister from India who has been his “spiritual Godmother” for 20 years.

Pope asks Raúl Castro to declare Good Friday a Cuban holiday

Mar 27, 2012 - 08:56 pm .- During a personal meeting that lasted over 40 minutes, Pope Benedict XVI asked Cuban President Raúl Castro to recognize Good Friday as a holiday in the country over its importance in the Catholic calendar.

Spokesman reveals Pope discussed Cuban dissidents with Castro

Mar 27, 2012 - 08:53 pm .- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that Pope Benedict discussed the situation of Cuban dissidents, especially those in prison, during his March 27 meeting with President Raúl Castro.

In message to youth, Pope asks for ‘missionaries of joy’

Mar 27, 2012 - 05:18 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will challenge young Catholics to be “missionaries of joy” in his message for this Sunday’s World Youth Day.

Vestments for Pope's Mass in Cuba arrive with love from Peru

Mar 27, 2012 - 04:04 pm .- The cassocks and stoles used by over 150 priests and deacons during Mass presided by Pope Benedict in Santiago, Cuba on March 26 were crafted and sent from Peru “full of prayers.”

Church in Cuba helps elderly make ends meet

Mar 27, 2012 - 01:30 pm .- With 18 percent of its 11 million people over the age of 60, Cuba is the country in Latin America with the second largest concentration of elderly people.

Cuban paper attempts to outline similarities of Christianity, Communism

Mar 27, 2012 - 12:11 pm .- As Pope Benedict arrives for his historic visit to Cuba, a major newspaper in the country ran articles attempting to highlight similarities between Catholicism and the island's Communist revolution.

In Cobre, Pope entrusts Cuba's future to the Virgin of Charity

Mar 27, 2012 - 11:17 am .- Pope Benedict XVI committed Cuba's future to the intercession of the Virgin Mary, as he prayed for the suffering and oppressed during his visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Cobre on March 27.

Tens of thousands rally for religious freedom in 143 US cities

Mar 27, 2012 - 08:18 am .- After drawing 54,000 people to 143 nationwide protests, leaders of the Stand Up For Religious Freedom campaign are more determined than ever to end the federal contraception mandate.

Parishes encouraged to use new blessing for unborn children

Mar 27, 2012 - 06:05 am .- The U.S. bishops are encouraging parishes to incorporate into their communities a new blessing for a child in the womb, which the Vatican approved on March 25.

Syrian violence drives 50,000 Christians from homes

Mar 27, 2012 - 04:04 am .- Almost all Christians in the conflict-torn Syrian city of Homs have fled violence and persecution, amid reports that their homes have been attacked and seized by “fanatics” with links to al-Qaida.

Dawkins calls for mockery of Catholics at 'Reason Rally'

Mar 27, 2012 - 02:14 am .- At the March 24 “Reason Rally” in Washington, D.C., an estimated 20,000 atheists and agnostics heard author and activist Richard Dawkins encourage mockery of Catholic beliefs and those of other religions.

Catholic media group creates award to honor Cardinal Foley

Mar 27, 2012 - 12:04 am .- A global Catholic media group has created an award named after the great evangelist and communicator Cardinal John P. Foley to honor all those who have promoted healthy relations between the Church and the world “for the betterment of humanity.”