Archive of August 2, 2007

St. Juan Diego is model of lay evangelist says Mexican cardinal

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:24 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, called on the faithful this week to imitate St. Juan Diego, “a model layman we should all follow,” who became a symbol of unity for two nations that seemed irreconcilable, “with distinct cultures and diverse religions.”

“Only a priest in love with the Lord can renew a parish,” says Argentinean archbishop

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:23 am .- In a reflection for the upcoming August 4 feast of the Cure d’Ars, who is also called St. John Vianney, Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz said this week that the first requirement of a parish priest is to be “an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ, because only a priest in love with the Lord can renew a parish.”

English bishop says cohabitation cannot be equal to marriage

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:17 am .- The president of the Committee on Marriage and the Family of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Bishop John Hine, expressed his “special concern” for a law that “would make cohabitation equivalent to marriage,” giving them “legal recognition, with their corresponding rights and titles.”

Portuguese doctors exercise conscientious objection for abortion

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:13 am .- A significant number of doctors in Portugal have been exercising conscientious objection and refusing to perform abortions since the law authorizing abortions became effective July 15.

Arkansas abortion law should be adopted nationally, says women's group

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Abortion clinics nationwide should be required to post a sign stating that women cannot be forced into having an abortion, say the founders of the Silent No More Awareness Campaign, the nation's largest network of women hurt by abortion.

Archdiocese responds to Minnesota bridge collapse, holds prayer service

Aug 2, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Responding to the collapse of the 35 West bridge in Minneapolis during yesterday’s rush hour, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is holding a prayer service for the victims of the disaster.  The prayer service is open to anyone who would like to come and pray for the victims. There will be two prayer services in the Twin Cities. The Minneapolis service will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church downtown and the St. Paul service will be at the Cathedral of St. Paul both at noon on Thursday, August 2, 2007.

Catholic school ads hit movie theaters

Aug 2, 2007 - 10:46 am .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has launched a new ad campaign in the region’s movie theaters to promote the benefits of a Catholic school education.

Seminarians bring Church’s teaching on contraception, sexuality to YouTube

Aug 2, 2007 - 09:59 am .- A group of seminarians has joined the YouTube phenomenon and posted three one-minute videos on the Church’s teachings about contraception.The videos, entitled "NFP vs. Contraception", are a take on the popular Mac-PC commercials. The three videos have already had nearly 9,000 views combined.

Suicide ruling reversed by Kenyan court in case of American priest

Aug 2, 2007 - 09:56 am .- A Kenyan court found yesterday that an American priest, whose death was originally ruled to be suicide, was actually murdered, contrary to an FBI finding. The court has ordered a new police investigation into his death.

Tracing the footsteps of the Apostles - Anchorage couple treks more than 1,400 miles on foot

Aug 2, 2007 - 09:33 am .- Imagine the chance to hike thousands of miles along the same mythical forests as King Arthur, follow the same trail that Richard the Lion Heart took as he went off to battle in the Crusade and retrace the same steps of Saints Joan of Arc and Francis of Assisi. 

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