Archive of March 29, 2012

Vatican confirms condemnation of breakaway Ukrainian clergy

Mar 29, 2012 - 06:00 pm .- The Vatican's doctrinal office has confirmed the excommunication of four priests expelled from the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, who asserted themselves as rivals to its bishops.

Conscience concerns could prove decisive in health care ruling

Mar 29, 2012 - 04:51 pm .- Inadequate conscience protections may lead the Supreme Court to reject the 2010 health care law, a Jesuit priest and legal scholar predicted after three days of arguments in the historic case.

'We opened our hearts to hope,' Cuban dissident says after papal visit

Mar 29, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- Oswaldo Paya, a peaceful dissident and global director of the Christian Liberation Movement, said Cubans have “opened our hearts to hope” after attending the Mass Pope Benedict XVI celebrated in Havana.

New seminary reflects hope, challenges for Cuban vocations

Mar 29, 2012 - 01:36 pm .- For the people of Cuba, the recent visit of Pope Benedict XVI is both a sign of hope and a call to spiritual renewal.

Pope's meeting with Fidel aimed at strengthening bonds between Church, Cuba

Mar 29, 2012 - 12:11 pm .- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that the desire to strengthen the relationship between the Church and Cuba prompted Pope Benedict's 30-minute meeting with Fidel Castro.

Former atheist promises encounter with God through saints' relics

Mar 29, 2012 - 04:14 am .- Father Carlos Martins never expected to be a priest, or to be touring North America to promote devotion to the saints through their sacred relics. For much of his life, he did not believe in God.

Reflections for 2012 Good Friday stations draw on family life

Mar 29, 2012 - 02:07 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s meditations for the upcoming Good Friday Stations of the Cross ceremony have been written by an Italian couple that has been married for nearly 50 years.

Vanderbilt University policy forces Catholic group off campus

Mar 29, 2012 - 12:07 am .- A Catholic student group says it will leave the Vanderbilt University campus at the end of the year over a controversial school policy which bars the group from requiring its leaders to be Catholic.