Archive of August 24, 2006

Priest fined during emergency call to offer Sacrament of the sick

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The pastor of a New York Catholic church is protesting a $115 parking ticket, which was issued while his associate priest was giving an ailing woman the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

Duluth Diocese cancels nun's talk because of anti-Bush newspaper ad

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sr. Helen Prejean, author of "Dead Man Walking" and a longtime social activist, has been uninvited as the keynote speaker at the Diocese of Duluth education dinner fundraiser in October, reported the Duluth News Tribune.

Thomas More Law Center asks Supreme Court to review New York’s Nativity ban

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Thomas More Law Center has petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court to review its case challenging New York City’s ban on the display of the Nativity in its public schools during Christmas.

Bishop says Parliament made "terrible mistake" in approving same-sex marriage

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Parliament made a “terrible mistake” when it redefined marriage last year, said Bishop Richard Smith of Pembroke, Ont., to the 800 women present at the annual national convention of the Catholic Women’s League last week.

Pope to extend visit to Turkey to spend time with Catholics, visit Hagia Sophia

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will extend his planned trip to Turkey, from three days to four, in order to celebrate Mass with Turkish Catholics and pay a visit to Hagia Sophia, the former seat of the Church of Constantinople, which was transformed into a mosque and is now a Turkish Museum, Italian news service APCom has reported today.

Dominican cardinal exhorts faithful to live the gift of sexuality responsibly

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, said this week sexuality is a gift from God and as such should be treated “in a respectful, appropriate and serious fashion.”

Government seeking to impose new family models on Argentinean children, archbishop warns

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, has denounced the country’s government for seeking to impose new “definitions of the family” on young children by altering sciences textbooks used by second graders.

Cardinal Spidlik opens World Congress on spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Czech Republic Jesuit, Cardinal Tomas Spidlik, opened this week a World Meeting on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, which will run through August 26th.  The World Meeting, which is taking in the Spanish city of Azpeitia, is a part of several commemorations marking the 450th anniversary of the death of the founder of the Society of Jesus, also know as the Jesuits.

Palestinian organization asks Pope to intervene in securing release of prisoners

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Italian news agency ANSA reported Wednesday that a Palestinian organization has asked Pope Benedict XVI to intervene in their efforts to get Israel to release Palestinian prisoners, particularly “senior officials, women, and children.”

Canadian bishop encourages boycott of President Clinton

Aug 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After receiving complaints from across Canada, Bishop Gerard Bergie, is encouraging Catholics to boycott an upcoming fundraiser at which former President Bill Clinton is speaking.

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