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  • Absentee dads hinder children’s understanding of God, Pope says

    05/23/2012 6:02:13 PM PDT · by caldera599 · 7 replies
    CNA ^ | May 23, 2012 | David Kerr
    Vatican City, May 23, 2012 / 11:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Dads who are absent from their family make it more difficult for their children to understand God as a loving father, Pope Benedict XVI said on May 23. “Perhaps modern man does not perceive the beauty, grandeur and profound consolation contained in the word ‘father’ with which we can turn to God in prayer, because the father figure is often not sufficiently present in today’s world, and is often not a sufficiently positive presence in everyday life,” the Pope said in his weekly general audience address. He underscored that the...
  • Hans Küng demands the Pope be deposed for schism

    05/23/2012 1:09:06 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 38 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 23 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Pope should be deposed if he accepts the SSPX back
  • Vicious power struggles in the Vatican

    05/21/2012 3:47:08 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 18 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 21 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Power struggles in the Vatican in run up to key appointments
  • Infallibility

    05/16/2012 11:39:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 180 replies
    Fisheaters.com ^ | not given | Fisheaters.com
    Infallibility Christ gave to Simon Peter and his successors, the Keys to the Kingdom and the power of binding and loosing. To the Popes was given the authority to teach. To them, in this regard, was given the charism of infallibility. "Infallibility" is not "impeccability" -- the inability to sin. Catholics do not believe that Popes are sinless and never err. Infallibility is simply a gift that is expressed in very specific ways, limited by Sacred Deposit of Faith -- Tradition, Scripture, and the unanimous writings of the early Fathers. As put by Vatican I: For the Holy Spirit...
  • Vatican considers making JPII a saint in 2015

    05/11/2012 6:18:19 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 16 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Polish newspaper reporting that JPII may be canonised at WJD in Krakow in 2015
  • Lefebvrians Await “Yes” Answer From Pope

    05/07/2012 11:43:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/6/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The process for the Society of St. Pius X’s return to full communion with Rome is expected to be concluded by the end of MayThe response sent to the Vatican on 17 April by Bishop Bernard Fellay will be examined in the next few days by the cardinal and bishop members in Ordinary Session of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith, commonly known as Feria Quarta; their decision will then be submitted to Benedict XVI. The process which should lead the Society of St. Pius X – founded by Mgr. Lefebvre - to return to full communion with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: KEYS, 05-04-12

    05/04/2012 8:21:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random): .subadimg { text-align:center; } .subadimg a img { border:none; }   KEYS The emblem of Christ's conferral of spiritual power on St. Peter: "I will give unto you, the keys of the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 16, 19). This distinctive power in the Church given to Peter is expressed by the two crossed keys, the first emblem to have been assigned to any saint, at the same time as the sword came to represent St. Paul. See Also: POWER OF THE KEYS All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic...
  • Papal Infallibility: A Symbolic, Yet Problematic, Term

    04/29/2012 3:06:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 307 replies
    Homiletic & Pastoral Review ^ | March 30, 2012 | REV. JOHN T. FORD CSC
    Although papal infallibility is commonly found in popular conversation, how well the term is understood is another matter.“Christ giving Peter the keys of the kingdom” by Pietro PeruginoAs Danny Garland, Jr., pointed out in his recent article on “The Development of the Dogma of Papal Infallibility,” the term “papal infallibility” has a centuries-old history that stretches from Peter John Olivi, in the thirteenth century, through John Henry Newman, in the nineteenth century, and down to the present. 1In addition to being a well-known term with a lengthy history, “papal infallibility” is also highly symbolic: for Roman Catholics, it has often...
  • Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says

    04/16/2012 1:28:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 | Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says
    Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy Mass is more than a historical re-enactment, Pope Benedict XVI said on April 15, Divine Mercy Sunday. “Christian worship is not just a commemoration of past events, or even a particular mystical, interior experience, but essentially an encounter with the Risen Lord,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square prior to the midday recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer. For while Christ now “lives in the dimension of God, beyond space and time” he is still truly present in the midst of his creation as “he speaks to us...
  • Benedict XVI: Celebrating his birthday and election as Pope [85th BirthDay Roundup]

    04/16/2012 12:56:52 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 15 replies
    Romereports.com ^ | April 15, 2012 | Romereports
    On April 16, 2005 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 78 years old. Two days later he took part in the conclave to elect the man who would follow John Paul II. What happened 24 hours later, is now part of history. He was elected seven years ago. During his pontificate, he has written three encyclicals and has taken on 30 trips- in and outside of Italy. As a whole, he has visited 21 countries in five different continents. Aside from his seventh anniversary as Pope, he will turn 85 on April 16th. As a way to celebrate his birthday, on April...
  • Pope Benedict XVI warns of moral 'darkness' as he celebrates Easter Mass

    04/08/2012 12:16:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Telegraph ^ | April 8, 2012
    Pope Benedict, leading the world's Catholics into Easter, says technological progress, in the absence of awareness of God and moral values, poses a threat to the world. The basilica, the largest church in Christendom, was in the dark for the start of the service to signify the darkness in Jesus' tomb before what Christians believe was his resurrection from the dead three days after his crucifixion. The some 10,000 faithful in the basilica lit candles as the pope moved up the central aisle on a wheeled platform he uses to conserve his strength and then the basilica's lights were turned...
  • Faith is the true ‘enlightenment,’ Pope says at Easter Vigil (1 American among those baptized)

    04/07/2012 4:00:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | April 7, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI at the Easter Vigil Vatican City, Apr 7, 2012 / 03:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith, which reveals God’s light to humanity, is the "true enlightenment," Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed on April 7 as he celebrated Christ’s resurrection at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Benedict explained that the "enlightenment" of faith, unlike that of scientific rationalism, enables "God’s light to break into our world, opening our eyes to the true light."Below, the full text of Pope Benedict's homily during the Easter Vigil:Dear Brothers and Sisters,Easter is the feast of the new creation. Jesus...
  • Austrian woman intends to celebrate "Easter Mass"

    04/05/2012 3:36:35 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 17 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5 April 2012 | Cathcon
    At Easter, the theologian Martha Heizer returns to committing a "delictum gravis" and will hold a Eucharistic celebration in the "domestic church" – under the threat of excommunication. The Tyrolean church theologian and critic Martha Heizer has drawn the ire of many religious leaders. She and four colleagues are accused of imitating Eucharistic celebrations without a priest. In the ecclesiastical world, this is a "delictum gravis", ie a "serious offense", which may lead to the excommunication. The local clergy has now launched investigations into the case. An opinion of the Bishop, Manfred Scheuer should be be presented "in the coming...
  • Bishop Williamson- new evidence required before conviction

    04/05/2012 2:57:08 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The completion of the investigation of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson takes longer than initially planned. In about three weeks, a penalty will be sought for race hatred of of 6500€, said the spokesman for the prosecutors in Regensburg, Wolfhard Meindl,on Tuesday.
  • Mexico Considers Religious Reforms After Pope's Visit

    04/02/2012 10:22:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 2, 2012
    A major step forward for religious rights in Mexico was made this week, just days after Pope Benedict XVI visited the country, as the nation's Senate approved a constitutional reform that guarantees people the right to celebrate religious events.The senators voted 72-35 in favor of the change on March 28, but at least 16 of Mexico's 31 state legislatures must still approve the reform, The Associated Press reported.Although 76.5 percent of Mexico's population is Roman Catholic, according to the CIA's World Factbook, the country has no official religion, and in the past has held harsh anti-clerical laws and restrictions -- the...
  • Cuba makes Good Friday a holiday after papal trip

    04/01/2012 6:24:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2012
    Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait. The Communist government said in a communique Saturday that the decision was made in light of the success of Benedict's "transcendental visit" to the country, which wrapped up Wednesday. It said the Council of Ministers, Cuba's supreme governing body, will decide later whether to make the holiday permanent. Benedict's appeal was reminiscent of his predecessor John...
  • Pope, Just Back From Trip, Celebrates Palm Sunday (with good news from Cuba)

    04/01/2012 5:03:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | April 1, 2012 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Benedict XVI has kicked off the Catholic Church's Holy Week celebrations with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and good news from Cuba. Cuba's communist government on Saturday agreed to Benedict's request to make Good Friday a holiday, a request made during his visit to the Caribbean island last week. The day, which is celebrated this Friday, marks the solemn commemoration of Christ's death. On Sunday, Benedict traveled into St. Peter's Square on the back of a white jeep at the start of Palm Sunday Mass, which marks Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem and inaugurates Holy Week. Benedict...
  • Cuba Declares Good Friday Holiday After Pope Visit

    03/31/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/31/12
    Cuba's Communist government has declared Good Friday next week to be a public holiday following an appeal from Pope Benedict. The Pope made the request during his recent visit to the island. Good Friday is the day Catholics commemorate the death of Christ, and is a central part of Easter celebrations. It is the first time it has been recognised as a public holiday in Cuba since the 1960s, when religious holidays were abolished. President Raul Castro took the decision in light of the success of the Pope's "transcendental visit", the Cuban government said in a statement. The holiday will...
  • Rome excommunicates four Ukrainian bishops

    03/30/2012 6:39:55 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 30/03/2012 | Chris Gillibrand
    Four bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church excommunicated More in Spanish here- detailing some extraordinary career paths Former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat who appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008 have been excommunicated for disobedience They appointed themselves bishops of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church in 2008. After trying to be recognized by the Ukrainian state as a Ukrainian Greek Catholic Orthodox Church, four former monks of the Basilian Order of St. Josaphat, a Ukrainian, Slovak and two Czechs have been excommunicated. Their relations with the Vatican deteriorated four years ago

    03/28/2012 3:10:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Seen and Unseen ^ | March 28, 2012 | Raymond Arroyo
    Pope Benedict has issued a series of subtle, but powerful messages to the oppressed people of Cuba and to the Castro government. Here are a sampling of some of his more important utterances:TRUTH "The truth is a desire of the human person, the search for which always supposes the exercise of authentic freedom... On the other hand, there are those who wrongly interpret this search for the truth, leading them to irrationality and fanaticism; they close themselves up in "their truth", and try to impose it on others.... Each human being has to seek the truth and to choose...
  • Vying Factions For Petrus Romanus Highlighted, Unknown Reasons May Keep Benedict On Past April

    03/28/2012 3:05:17 PM PDT · by sreastman · 35 replies
    Raiders News Network ^ | 3/28/2012 | Steve Eastman
    At The Vatican: Vying Factions For Petrus Romanus Highlighted, Unknown Reasons May Keep Benedict On Past April by Steve Eastman, Raiders News Network One thing we may be certain of is that Benedict XVI is the next to the last Pope in St. Malachy’s Prophecy of the Popes. And both those who speak openly of his successor as Petrus Romanus and those who don’t, can’t help thinking about the upcoming Conclave. No date has been announced since Benedict has neither died nor resigned, but that did not stop the "National Catholic Reporter" from featuring Papal Transition as a top story....
  • Icons of hope in Havana (300 thousand Cubans fill Revolution Square)

    03/28/2012 11:40:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 28, 2012
    An estimated 300 thousand Cuban faithful filled Havana’s Revolution Square for an open air Mass presided over by Pope Benedict XVI on the final day of his visit to the Americas. Philippa Hitchen was among them and sends us this report:On a trip to the Cuban capital a few years back, the granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway was heard to remark that Cuba has three icons: Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and her grandfather. Certainly the American author and journalist is still revered around here with hotels, bars and restaurants named after him and his medal for the 1954 Nobel...
  • Cuban authorities round up activists and block communications as Pope ends visit

    03/28/2012 11:37:50 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 3 replies
    Amnesty International ^ | 28 March 2012 | Amnesty International
    Cuban human rights activists are facing a surge in harassment in a bid to silence them during the Pope's visit, Amnesty International said. The clampdown has seen an increase in arrests, activists' phones have been disconnected and some have had their houses surrounded to prevent them denouncing abuses during Pope Benedict's tour. Local human rights organizations, including the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation, had their phone lines cut off since Monday. The mobile phones of prominent activists and government critics are suddenly unreachable. “The communications’ blockade and the detention of more than 150 political opponents is yet...
  • Has the (Catholic) Church Gone Soft on Communism?

    03/27/2012 3:01:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | March 27, 2012 | William Doino Jr.
    Has the Catholic Church gone soft on Communism? It seems an absurd question, given the Church’s record against it, but one might have thought as much, given some of the commentary leading up to Pope Benedict’s visit to Cuba. A week ago, Mary Anastasia O’Grady, the respected Latin affairs columnist for the Wall Street Journal, reported on the “deep frustration” of Cuba’s human-rights defenders who feel abandoned by the Church. She was followed by Senator Marco Rubio, who expressed fear that the Catholic hierarchy had “negotiated themselves a space of operation” in Cuba, “in exchange for looking the other way”...
  • Man (shouting: down with Communism”) arrested in Santiago de Cuba during Pope’s first mass

    03/27/2012 2:09:34 PM PDT · by Milagros · 7 replies
    Univision News ^ | March 27, 2012
    UNIVISION NEWS Channel: Latin American Affairs As Pope Benedict XVI got ready to deliver his first mass in Santiago de Cuba to tens of thousands of people on Monday, a man in the crowd burst out yelling “down with Communism” and “there’s no freedom in Cuba.” Univision’s cameras caught the moment as the man was whisked away from the plaza by plain clothes security agents. He was subsequently beaten with a stretcher by another man wearing a Red Cross vest, prompting speculation on whether this man was falsely using the Red Cross’s insignia. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=iE76glqzt2g
  • Terence Weldon attempts to justify his calumny against Pope Benedict XVI

    03/27/2012 1:02:34 PM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 27, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Recently, radical homosexual activist Terence Weldon wrote an ugly Blog post suggesting that Pope Benedict XVI has a homosexual inclination. In this offensive post, Mr. Weldon wrote: "‘The question has been often asked,and sometimes answered by way of speculation amounting to not much more than guesswork or innuendo based largely on observations on the devoted, ever present and attentive gorgeous Georg or the expensive Prada red shoes, or the personalized celebrity fragrance. Does it matter? Richard Sipe, noting that Benedict has has been the author [of] seriously nasty Vatican documents seeking to bar gay men from the priesthood, and labelling...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Visit to the Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

    03/27/2012 11:24:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    EWTN ^ | March 27, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI kneels at the sanctuary of the Virgin of Charity of El Cobre in El Cobre village on the outskirts of Santiago de Cuba March 27, 2012. Visit to the Shrine of the Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre On Tuesday morning, 27 March 2012, the Holy Father visited the house of the statue of Our Lady of Charity, where he entrusted to her the future of their country and encouraged them to build their lives on Christ, following the the Virgin's example. Dear Brothers and Sisters, I have come as a pilgrim to the house of the blessed statue of...
  • Pope says Church needs more freedom to help Cuba change (celebrates mass in Santiago)

    03/27/2012 5:32:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Yahoo ^ | March 26, 2012 | Simon Gardner and Philip Pullella
    SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (Reuters) - Pope Benedict arrived in Cuba on Monday and told the government it had nothing to fear from the Catholic Church, asking for more freedoms to help the communist country in times of change. Just three days after saying that communism no longer works in Cuba, the pope took a softer stance as he landed in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba for a three-day trip aimed at boosting the Church's role on the island. The 84-year-old German pope delivered a carefully worded, nuanced and balanced arrival address after he was greeted warmly by...
  • Pope arrives in Cuba, first papal visit since 1998

    03/26/2012 4:00:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 11+ views
    AFP ^ | March 26, 2012
    >Pope Benedict XVI arrived Monday in Cuba seeking to boost his Church's special dialogue with the Communist regime, as dissidents said more than 150 people were arrested to derail protests. President Raul Castro and a delegation of church officials greeted the 84-year-old pontiff at the airport in Santiago, Cuba's second largest city, where a massive crowd was expected to gather for mass later in the day.After a visit to predominantly Roman Catholic Mexico, the pontiff is seeking to bolster close church-state ties in Cuba -- the Americas' only one-party Communist state -- while also urging authorities to embrace change."I come...
  • Crackdown on Dissidents Precedes Pope's Arrival in Cuba

    03/26/2012 2:10:07 PM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies · 1+ views
    Latino FoxNews ^ | March 26, 2012
    At least 70 dissidents including members of the the Ladies in White, a prominent group of wives and family members of jailed political opponents to the Cuban government, have been arrested by Cuban authorities in an effort to prevent demonstrations during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, opposition organizations say.
  • Raul Castro lashes out at the US as he greets the Pope

    03/26/2012 12:49:20 PM PDT · by Milagros · 12 replies · 1+ views
    I am listening to tnis moron as he mentions (Today, 3:42 pm ET) referring to the 'Bay of Pigs' as the "infamous' incident, and that US cuases hunger in the area...
  • Caption: Pope heads to Cuba, seeking change and faith revival (Vaya con dios, Mejico!)

    03/26/2012 11:44:32 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 2+ views
    Yahoo Photos ^ | 3/26/12 | Reuters
    Pope Benedict XVI wears a sombrero, a traditional Mexican hat, while being driven through the crowd before officiating a mass in Silao March 25, 2012. REUTERS/Osservatore Romano
  • "The Purpose Is Pastoral" -- The Pope Goes to Cuba (tensions await him)

    03/26/2012 6:03:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 9+ views
    WITL ^ | March 25, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    At 2pm local time today (3 Eastern, 1900 in Rome), B16 arrives in Santiago de Cuba for a three-day stay on the island -- one which, according to reports, has garnered considerably less buzz than Blessed John Paul II's celebrated pilgrimage in 1998. Indeed, it's worth repeating that never before has a pontiff so old traveled this far -- while Benedict XVI turns 85 in three weeks, JPII was three years younger and far less mobile at his final journey outside Europe. Still, even as the country's religious landscape has opened considerably since the last PopeTrip, Papa Ratzinger's first...
  • Celebration of Vespers with the Bishops of Mexico and Latin America (strong words)

    03/26/2012 5:14:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 2+ views
    EWTN ^ | March 25, 2012
    Sunday evening, 25 March 2012, the Holy Father celebrated Vespers with the Bishops of Mexico and Latin America in the Cathedral of Our Most Holy Mother of Light (León). In his homily, the Pope spoke of the self-sacrificing missionaries who first proclaimed the Name of Christ to the peoples of this continent. Your Eminences, Dear Brother Bishops, It gives me great joy to be able to pray with all of you in this Basilica-Cathedral of León, dedicated to our Lady of Light. In the lovely painting venerated in this basilica, the Blessed Virgin holds her Son in one hand with immense tenderness...
  • Conflict and Confusion in Cuba

    03/25/2012 4:09:05 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    InsightScoop from Catholic World Report ^ | March 24, 2012 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Conflict and Confusion in Cuba Conflict and Confusion in Cuba | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman | Catholic World Report Cuban dissidents ask Benedict XVI to take up their cause as papal visit approachesAs Cuba prepares to receive Pope Benedict XVI on March 26, an increasing number of voices both on the island and abroad are complaining that the local church authorities are ignoring dissident groups and showing favoritism to a government that oppresses its own people. They also fear that the pontiff's visit could be exploited for the same purposes.In recent days, Lech Walesa, the former leader of Poland's Solidarity movement...
  • Mexicans feel hopeful after Pope's words at Plaza de Paz

    03/25/2012 12:44:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | March 25, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI speaks during a meeting with children, from the balcony of the State Government building "Casa del Conde Rul" in Guanajuato March 24, 2012. Guanajuato, Mexico, Mar 25, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After waiting all day to hear Pope Benedict XVI address them on the evening of March 24, thousands of Mexicans felt moved and inspired by the Pope's call to change the world through God's love.“We are happy, and support him wholeheartedly because we love him. His words give hope to this country that needs it so much,” said Yolet, a girl from Guadalajara who...
  • In Guanajuato, Pope Benedict delivers 'lost' message of John Paul II

    03/25/2012 12:37:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 3+ views
    cna ^ | March 25, 2012
    Father Federico Lombardi at press conference in the Hotsson Hotel in Leon, March 23, 2012 Leon, Mexico, Mar 24, 2012 / 12:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict has delivered a message to the people of Guanajuato from his predecessor Blessed John Paul II, which was given aboard the late Pope's plane but virtually “forgotten” after 1979.“It would be very pleasing to have visited your beloved land, but circumstances have not permitted the time for it,” Pope John Paul II said in words originally directed to the people of Guanajuato as his plane passed over the Sanctuary of Christ the...
  • Pope Benedict leads Mass in central Mexico

    03/25/2012 11:51:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 7+ views
    BBC ^ | March 25, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating an open-air Mass in the central Mexican city of Silao on his first visit to the Latin American country. Hundreds of thousands of people are attending the service, under a large statue of Christ in the city's Bicentennial Park.On Saturday, the Pope met President Felipe Calderon, with whom he discussed Mexico's drugs violence.Mexico is the world's second most populous Catholic country.Huge crowds have turned out to greet the Pope during his visit, and thousands camped out in the park overnight on Saturday awaiting the Mass.This is the showpiece event of Pope Benedict's first trip to...
  • Pope to Children: Be Messengers of Peace

    03/25/2012 4:45:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 25, 2012
    2012-03-25 Vatican Radio Whenever and wherever Pope Benedict XVI meets children, there is always cause for joy and celebration. Yesterday evening in Mexico was no exception, as our correspondent with the Pope, Philippa Hitchen, reports.How do you capture in a few words the excitement and enthusiasm of several thousand Mexican school kids who’ve been waiting impatiently all day for their first sight of the Pope? How do you describe the electric atmosphere of the crowds crammed into the appropriately named Peace Square, with bands playing their favourite folk songs and the great bells of the 17th century neo-classical Basilica ringing...
  • President Carter says he clashed with 'fundamentalist' Pope John Paul II

    03/24/2012 10:09:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 24, 2012 | Diogenes
    Former US President Jimmy Carter has disclosed that he had angry exchanges with Pope John Paul II about liberation theology and about the ordination of women. The former president said that he complained to the Pontiff about the Church’s “perpetuation of the subservience of women” while Blessed John Paul II was visiting the US in 1978, and “there was more harshness when we turned to the subject of ‘liberation theology.” Carter said that he classified the Pope as a “fundamentalist,” placing him in that category along with Iran’s late Ayatollah Khomeini. In the same interview Carter said that “it...
  • Pope's arrival in Mexico sparks surprising emotion (for the msm)

    03/24/2012 6:51:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 2+ views
    LEON, Mexico (AP) -- There was little excitement in Leon in the hours before the pope arrived. Crowds were thin. Spectators napped under trees. Vendors complained about the low turnout here in the conservative heartland of Mexico's Roman Catholicism.Then, as Pope Benedict XVI's plane appeared in the shimmering heat of Friday afternoon, people poured from their homes. They packed sidewalks five and six deep, screaming ecstatically as the pope passed, waving slowly. Some burst into tears.Many had said moments earlier that they could never love a pope as strongly as Benedict's predecessor, John Paul II. But the presence of a...
  • A Brave Man Takes on Cuba's Brutal Regime. Will the Pope Help?

    03/23/2012 7:59:49 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 3 replies
    Forbes ^ | 3/23/2012 | Click here to find out more! James K. Glassman James K. Glassman,
    “Police are in my house; bring summons for Oscar,” Tweeted Elsa Morejon at 11:50 Thursday morning from Havana. “Oscar” is her husband, Oscar Elias Biscet, the courageous physician who has spent 12 of his 50 years on earth in Fidel Castro’s prisons for expressing the opinion that Cubans should be free to speak their minds, to associate with whom they please, and to vote in fair elections. On Wednesday, he voiced those opinions again in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal. “My country continues to be run by a brutal regime that oppresses the people, systematically violating our basic...
  • Pope Benedict XVI decries drug violence in Mexico

    03/23/2012 7:17:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Boston Herald ^ | March 23, 2012
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Benedict XVI denounced the drug-fueled violence wracking Mexico and urged Cubans to use dialogue to find new models to replace Marxism as he began a pilgrimage Friday that will take him to both countries. Benedict spoke to reporters after breakfast aboard a special Alitalia flight carrying him to central Mexico later in the day. The pope said "idolatry of money" lies behind the violence that has claimed more than 47,000 lives in Mexico since a government crackdown began in 2006.On Monday, Benedict will leave Mexico for Cuba, where he said that it is...
  • Pope Benedict XVI Visit to Mexico and Cuba (EWTN Schedule)

    03/23/2012 7:05:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 1+ views
    EWTN ^ | March 23, 2012
    Pope Benedict XVI's visits Mexico and Cuba, a trip planned to span 5 days, from March 23-28. This visit includes a meeting with Mexican president Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, Mass in the Parque Bicentenario in the municipality of Silao; a meeting with representatives from the ninety-one dioceses of Mexico; then a meeting in Cuba with Cuban President Raul Castro; a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity and a visit to Havana, greeted by Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, archbishop of Havana and by other religious and civil authorities. On the morning of Wednesday 28 March, the Pope...
  • Andres Oppenheimer: Cardinal’s action clouds Pope’s visit to Cuba

    03/23/2012 4:55:50 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 2 replies
    The Real Cuba ^ | March 22, 2012 | Andres Oppenheimer
    March 22 - Pope Benedict XVI’s three-day visit to Cuba starting Monday will begin under a cloud: human rights groups are appalled by Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega’s decision to call the police to evict peaceful dissidents who had sought refuge in a church to draw international attention to their demands for civil rights. According to an official Cuban Roman Catholic Church communiqué published in the Cuban regime’s daily Granma, Ortega asked the police to evict 13 dissidents on March 14 after they had occupied the Our Lady of Charity church in Havana. Following their forced eviction by anti-riot police clad...
  • A Cuban's Prayer for Pope Benedict

    03/21/2012 5:51:42 AM PDT · by LibFreeUSA · 5 replies
    The Real Cuba ^ | March 20, 2012 | OSCAR BISCET
    March 20 - The following article was published on the Wall Street Journal: Next week, Pope Benedict XVI is coming here to Cuba, marking the first papal visit to my country in over a decade. During the planned three-day trip, His Holiness is set to meet with both Castro brothers and their subordinates, and to bring his spiritual message to the Cuban people. The stakes couldn't be higher. This trip is a unique opportunity for the leader of the Catholic Church to leverage his considerable prestige and influence to support the oppressed and help the Cuban people claim our liberty...
  • The Encyclicals of March 1937: Divini Redemptoris and the ever-present dangers of Communism

    03/19/2012 7:00:18 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 03/19/2012 | "New Catholic"
    This is a...month of celebration for us, with the 75th anniversary of three encyclicals of one of the greatest pontiffs in living memory, Pius XI....In very different ways, the three encyclicals deal with the same matter: how do the Church and the Catholic faithful deal with a Totalitarian regime, run by National-Socialist pagan nation-worshippers, Communist Atheists, or "Fraternal" Mexican post-Revolutionary lords? There is no doubt that the most relevant of them is Divini Redemptoris, not because its original text was in Latin, but because, as this linguistic aspect already makes clear, it is a universal encyclical for a universal problem,...
  • U.S. Catholic bishops pressured Komen breast cancer charity over Planned Parenthood

    03/16/2012 2:53:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Faith World ^ | March 16, 2012 | David Morgan
    When he visited the United States four years ago, Pope Benedict XVI blessed a box of silver ribbon-shaped pins for breast cancer charity Susan G. Komen for the Cure and sent them to its founder, Nancy Brinker. Brinker was touched by the gesture and thanked the pontiff in person on the day of his departure. “He took my hands and blessed me for my work. I couldn’t help myself. I burst into tears,” she recalls in her memoir, “Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer.”Pope Benedict’s blessings marked a high point in the...
  • Pope confirms September 2012 visit to Lebanon (invited by Sunni Muslim PM)

    03/16/2012 1:22:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 2+ views
    EWTN ^ | March 16, 2012 | Benjamin Mann
    Patriarch Gregorios III Laham 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. “We came to him and now he's coming to us,” said Patriarch Gregorios III, a major participant in the 2010 synod of bishops that brought many Arab Church leaders to the Vatican. He confirmed recent talk of a papal visit during a March 15 press conference at the Melkite Catholics' headquarters in Rome. The Pope “will come to support Christians so that...
  • Francis Cardinal George: How would the Pope decide to vote?

    03/12/2012 11:04:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Catholic New World: Newspaper of the Archdiocese of Chicago ^ | 03/12/2012 | Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.
    The season of voter primaries is upon us in Chicago and elsewhere. Voting is a moral act, so considering how to vote requires moral deliberation. What are the principles and the issues that help a person of faith decide how to vote? Can the Pope be of help? Since the Pope is sovereign, the question of how to vote doesn’t apply to him personally. But the Holy Father’s Lenten Message for 2012 gives us the framework for shaping our thoughts and honing the considerations we should have in coming to a morally responsible decision on how to vote. Pope Benedict...