Archive of April 18, 2012

Bishops should follow St. Peter's example even to death

Apr 18, 2012 - 08:08 pm .- Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of San Jose, Calif. said that St. Peter’s example of following Jesus even to death should inspire present day bishops to do the same.

Catholics defend Spanish bishop over gay lifestyle criticism

Apr 18, 2012 - 04:04 pm .- An international group of Catholic doctors voiced support for a Spanish bishop who has come under media fire for criticizing destructive behaviors within the local gay community.

Vatican announces reform of US women's religious conference

Apr 18, 2012 - 01:19 pm .- The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S.'s Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.

New book highlights L'Osservatore Romano's contribution to Church

Apr 18, 2012 - 12:08 pm .- A new book launched by L'Osservatore Romano features opinion pieces from the 150 year-old Vatican daily reflecting on life, culture and the world from a Catholic perspective.

Pope says early Church inspires prayer in tough times

Apr 18, 2012 - 09:35 am .- The example of the early Church should inspire 21st century Christians to pray during tough times in the trust and knowledge that Jesus is “the hope which does not disappoint,” Pope Benedict XVI said. 

National Day of Prayer opportunity for Americans to seek God

Apr 18, 2012 - 04:05 am .- On May 3, Americans of all religious backgrounds will “gather together to pray and seek God” during the annual U.S. National Day of Prayer.

César Chávez hailed as model for Catholics in public life

Apr 18, 2012 - 02:13 am .- The late labor activist César Chávez offers Catholics a model for faithful and effective civic engagement, according to a professor of history at Christendom College. 

Cleveland bishop to reopen 12 closed parishes

Apr 18, 2012 - 12:20 am .- Following a ruling from the Vatican, Bishop Richard G. Lennon of Cleveland has announced he will reopen 12 parishes closed in 2009 and 2010, a move he says will stretch the diocese’s resources.