Catholic Church

Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras to receive the Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award.
Jerry Kenney

A top Vatican official and humanitarian leader has received a prestigious award from the University of Dayton. 

Tuesday night, U.D. awarded Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga of Honduras with the Archbishop Oscar Romero Human Rights Award.

Romero was a prominent Roman Catholic priest in El Salvador during the 1960s and 1970s. He spoke out on behalf of the poor and repressed after witnessing human rights violations.

On Monday February 11th, Pope Benedict XVI announced that he will step down at the end of the month, for health reasons.  While the resignation is significant for its rarity, WYSO’s Jerry Kenney reports that it could be a sign of the times.

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A lawyer who fought church cutbacks in the Cleveland area says the Vatican has taken the extraordinary step of
overruling the closing of 13 parishes.

The move represents a rare instance in which Rome has reversed a U.S. bishop on church shutdowns.

Attorney Peter Borre says the Congregation of the Clergy ruled last week that Cleveland's Bishop Richard Lennon failed to follow procedure in the closings three years ago.