Courageous Apostles, Prayer, Immigration, Conscience, Life

Catholic.net News Report March 23, 2011.
by Rosalia Tenorio | Source: Catholic.net

Pope Calls Out Courageous Apostles to Fight Religious Indifference

VATICAN CITY—In today’s general audience, the Holy Father said that the Church needs zealous apostles to fight religious indifference with the light and beauty of the Gospel. 

Benedict XVI called the Church to model St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Church, an exemplar teacher of Catholic doctrine and Sacred Scripture.

The Holy Father said that new evangelization needs well-trained, zealous and courageous apostles to help people act with an “authentic Christian humanism.”


Irish Bishops Dedicate Friday Prayer and Fasting for Clergy Abuse Victims

DUBLIN—Bishops of Ireland will pray and fast on the first Friday of each month in reparation for sexual abuse committed by priests.

In their latest pastoral letter, the bishops stated that they aim to renew their commitment to the tradition of Friday penance with a particular emphasis on remembering the suffering of those who have been abused.

Further, the bishops called the practice of pedophilia an appalling wrong. They also condemned the inadequate response from Church leaders which increased the suffering of the victims.


LA Archbishop Wants Catholic Social Teaching to Inform the Immigration Debate

Washington D.C.—Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles explained that the Catholic social teaching can provide essential guidance on the question of immigration, and other dilemmas presented by a globalized economy.

He emphasized that he is interested in the immigration question not primarily as a matter of politics or diplomacy, but as a spiritual and moral issue affecting millions of people.

“My concern is to be faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to defend and promote the dignity of the human person who is made in the image of God.” completed Archbishop Gomez.


Vatican Official at UN Complained about 'Attacks' on Freedom of Conscience and Religion

GENEVA– Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi , a Vatican representative to the United Nations, decried “attacks” on freedom of conscience and religion, directed against Catholics and others who hold traditional beliefs about sexual morality and human nature.

 “People are being attacked for taking positions that do not support sexual behavior between people of the same sex….When they express their moral beliefs or beliefs about human nature, which may also be expressions of religious convictions, or state opinions about scientific claims, they are stigmatized, and worse – they are vilified, and prosecuted.” Archbishop Tomasi told the council.

The archbishop highlighted that these attempts to silence Catholics, and other critics of homosexual practice, were a human rights violation according to the council's own standards. 

The archbishop's remarks came as the council revisited the subject of “sexual orientation” as a human right, a subject that has caused tension between the Vatican and the U.N. in the past.


40,000 Peruvians March for Life

PIURA—Nearly 40,000 Peruvians joined the march commemorating the Day of the Unborn Child on northwestern province of Piura this week.

Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura urged Catholics to “be committed to building a culture of life, which must begin with heeding the voice of every unborn child”.



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Published by: tracee
Date: 2011-03-24 22:36:06
The newly appointed Archbishop of Los Angeles, Gomez, was not entirely clear on the "social teaching" of immigration. Are we talking legal or illegal, because there is a BIG difference. Peace of Christ

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