Archive of August 25, 2006

Eastern-rite leaders say Latin-rite bishops suppress their faith traditions

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Eastern-rite Catholics of the Syro-Malabar Church, who live in Latin-rite territories, say they face severe challenges in practicing their faith and traditions, reported UCA News.

Journalist hopes arrest of JonBenet suspect will shed light on sexual abuse in public schools

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Exposing sexual abuse within the Catholic Church was necessary and a good step, but that investigation must now be expanded to other social institutions, namely public schools, where studies show children are much more likely to be abused, says journalist Tom Hoopes.

Priest says Pakistani Catholics remain strong in their faith

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to officials with Aid to the Church in Need, the apostolic prefect of Quetta in the province of Baluchistan in western Pakistan, Monsignor Victor Gnanapragasam, said, "Despite the hostility, the Catholics are standing by their faith".

Cuban dissident calls for “civil disobedience” until government signs human rights treaties

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Jailed Cuban dissident leader Oscar Elias Biscet has sent a letter to all Cubans urging them to continue to pray and fast until the government signs the international human rights treaties that have been established by the United Nations.

U.S., Australian bishops say new study lies about claimed “ethical” methods of embryonic stem cell extraction

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Bishops in the United States and Australia continue to speak out inclarification of what constitutes ethical stem cell research as they respond to a new study which, they say, contains misrepresentations in ts findings.

Pro-life groups outraged by FDA approval of over-the-counter abortion pill

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups nationwide are outraged by yesterday’s announcement that the Food and Drug Administration will approve Barr Pharmaceutical’s abortion drug, often called Plan B, for over-the-counter use by women aged 18 and over.

Bishops of Brazil issue urgent call for end to violence

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a strongly worded statement, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (NCBB) has issued an urgent call to end the spiral of violence caused by organized crime in the country.

Pharmacists in Buenos Aires denounce schoolbooks that teach how to cause chemically induced abortions

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Buenos Aires College of Pharmacy has denounced a textbook being used in schools that teaches teenagers how to take advantage of the side effects of certain prescription drugs in order to cause an abortion.

U.S. Catholics continue support for hurricane ravaged areas in Louisiana and Mississippi

Aug 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in parishes throughout the United States can contribute to the efforts of their brothers and sisters in the Archdiocese of New Orleans and the Diocese of Biloxi, two areas severely damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita one year ago. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops hopes their program “Rebuild Church, Rebuild Hope,” will offer tremendous support from parishes and dioceses throughout the U.S.

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