Archive of July 27, 2007

Bishop Pelotte of Gallup, New Mexico sustains serious head injuries in fall

Jul 27, 2007 - 07:03 pm .- Roman Catholic Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup, New Mexico has been hospitalized in Phoenix after a serious fall in his home. "We're still not sure what has happened," said the Rev. James P. Hoy, finance director for the Diocese of Gallup. "He fell at home and has some head injuries."

Pope’s personal secretary reveals details about Pope’s vacation in Lorenzago

Jul 27, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- In an interview with the Italian daily Il Giornale, Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Father Georg Ganswein, revealed interesting details about the Pontiff’s vacation in the northern Italian region of Lorenzago de Cadore.

Filipino President plans reforms, Bishops pleased but cautious

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:55 am .- In her state of the nation address, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo committed to fighting poverty and hunger and to generating foreign investments — a plan that pleases some of the country’s Catholic bishops.

Anglican archbishop warns against boycotts of Lambeth 2008

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Anglican Archbishop John Sentamu of York issued a plea for unity among members of the worldwide Anglican Church Communion, stating that conservative Anglicans should not boycott the 2008 Lambeth Conference and that sexuality issues were not a “test of orthodoxy.”

Rosary rallies planned for Fatima anniversary

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:51 am .- Ninety years after the Marian apparitions in Fatima, Catholics in the United States are gearing up to commemorate the anniversary with 2,000 public square rosary rallies.

Vatican cardinal says religions not “part of the problem” of violence

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:41 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Culture and for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said this week that religions are not “part of the problem” of violence in today’s world but rather are part of “the solution.”

Television drama rips Catholicism

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue is railing against the latest episode of the FX drama “Rescue Me,” in which Denis Leary’s character refers to the Pope as the biggest gangster on earth and a former nun has sex in a habit.

Jesuit publication Civiltá Catholic proposes evangelization of virtual world

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:17 am .- The Italian journal Civiltá Cattolica, which is published by the Jesuits, has proposed that the Internet be considered “mission territory,” with evangelization efforts aimed at the “second lives” of people in the online world.

Honduras demands Chavez apologize for insulting cardinal

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:08 am .- The president of Honduras, Manuel Zelaya, the country’s parliament, business leaders, and human rights activists are defending Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga from the insults by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who called the cardinal a “parrot” and an “imperialist clown.”

Japanese bishops: number of baptisms on the rise

Jul 27, 2007 - 10:01 am .- According to a report by the Bishops’ Conference of Japan, the number of baptized in 2006 increased considerably in that country, where there are some 452,000 Catholics. 

Benedict XVI completes his vacation by thanking his hosts, heads to Castelgondolfo

Jul 27, 2007 - 09:39 am .- Yesterday morning, the Pope bid farewell to the civil and military authorities of Lorenzago di Cadore, Italy, where he has been vacationing for the past 18 days. This evening, he is due to travel to his summer residence at Castelgandolfo.

Pharmacists sue in federal court after new law forces them to dispense Plan B

Jul 27, 2007 - 08:47 am .- Pharmacists have sued Washington state over a new regulation that requires them to sell emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill,” because it contains no exception for those who object on the basis of belief or conscience.In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, pharmacists Rhonda Mesler and Margo Thelen, and Stormans Inc., said the rule that took effect Thursday violates their civil rights by forcing them into choosing between "their livelihoods and their deeply held religious and moral beliefs."

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