Archive of August 31, 2006

Catholic Relief Services expands operations in Lebanon

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is expanding its operations in Lebanon with the opening today of a new national office in Beirut. Due to the needs for both immediate assistance and long-term rebuilding, CRS decided to establish a more permanent core in the country.

Catholic League president says clarification needed on Hitler exorcism story

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Recent stories in the press, based on an erroneous interpretation of the Catholic Church’s teachings on exorcisms and the devil, beg for clarification, says Catholic League president Bill Donohue.

Vietnamese government grants permit for Marian shrine

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The construction of a Marian shrine on a Vietnamese hilltop began this month after government authorities granted the local diocese permission for the project.

9/11 had lasting, life-changing effects on priests

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With the fifth anniversary of 9/11 fast approaching, the testimonies of Catholic clergy who ministered at Ground Zero and accompanied families of those who died in Flight 93 indicate just how the attacks and the aftermath changed their lives forever.

Vietnam Bronze Star recipient, convert from Methodism is new Bishop of Sioux Falls

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict XVI named a new bishop for the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Monsignor Paul Joseph Swain, an adult convert to Catholicism and Bronze Star winner. Bishop-elect Swain, who is currently serving as Vicar General for the Diocese of Madison, will be taking the reigns of a South Dakota diocese which has been with out a bishop for over one and a half years.

Defense of human life not just a “religious” mission, says Argentinean bishop

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Oscar Sarlinga of Zarate-Campana in Argentina said this week that in the debate on abortion the position of those who defend life cannot be characterized as “religious,” saying such a mission is the task of all of humanity.

Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos to open museum on monastic life

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The famous Benedictine Abbey of Santo Domingo de Silos has announced it will open a museum on monasticism at the centuries-old convent of St. Francis, in order to promote monastic life in contemporary society.

Church needs young people who “listen and respond” to the call of God, says Spanish bishop

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrating the transfer of the relics of St. Atilano, a ninth century Spanish youth who decided to pursue a monastic vocation, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez said the Church and the world needs young people who will “listen and respond” to the call of the Lord.  As such, the Bishop of of Tarazona said, it is important to propose holiness to them as the key to Christian life.

Pope Benedict says the conversion story of St. Francis, the “playboy,” is key

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father met this morning with priests from the Diocese of Albano, a diocese on the outskirts of Rome, speaking to them of the importance St. Francis’s conversion can play in the lives of young people.  Pope Benedict also encouraged them to do a better job of explaining the Church’s understanding of the covenant of marriage to those who have divorced, APCom reports.

Vatican cardinal clarifies stories, says abortion doctors excommunicated themselves

Aug 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, offered clarifications yesterday on a string of stories claiming that he had “officially excommunicated” the doctors who performed the first legal abortion in Colombia on an 11 year-old girl.  Trujillo told Colombian network CARACOL, that neither he nor the Holy See has issued any formal declaration of excommunication, but that the Vatican has been clear that those who perform the horrible act excommunicate themselves.

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