Archive of August 22, 2007

Archdiocese of San Antonio dedicates new seminary dorm to meet vocational demands

Aug 22, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- The Archdiocese of San Antonio has many things to be thankful for, but on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, Archbishop Jose Gomez was able to give it one more reason to express gratitude, a new dormitory for the seminary.

Lawyer denounces NGO in Brazil for promoting abortion

Aug 22, 2007 - 01:17 pm .- Fernando Vianna, a lawyer in the Brazilian town of Campinas, denounced the NGO Bem-Estar Familiar (BemFam) this week for “directing women to have abortions” and said the organization has “complete disrespect” for the law.  “In effect they are apologists for something criminal.  There is no right to that,” he said.

Pakistani Christians suffer discrimination and religious persecution, says priest

Aug 22, 2007 - 11:10 am .- Father Emmanuel Asi, secretary of the Biblical Commission of Pakistan, denounced this week that Christians in that country are experiencing “social discrimination, political oppression and religious persecution.”

Thousands in Brazil march for life

Aug 22, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Some 25,000 people in the Brazilian town Curitiba and 8,000 in the capital Brasilia took to the streets to defend the life of the unborn and to protest against the legalization of abortion in the country.

CinemaNet organizes colloquium on Catholic resistance to Nazism

Aug 22, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The organization CinemaNet is organizing a conference with the historian and founder of Europe4Christ, Martin Kugler, about the movie “Sophie Scholl: The Last Days,” which tells the story of a Catholic family’s resistance to Nazism.

Spanish bishop calls on families to demand religious instruction for their children

Aug 22, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Bishop Jose Sanchez of Sigüenza-Guadalajara announced he will ask families next Sunday to demand religion be taught in the schools their children attend.

I'll baptize my girl a Catholic so she can stay in school—says Sikh father

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:58 am .- St. Paul’s Roman Catholic school in Wolviston, England is full, but that hasn’t stopped a determined father from trying to keep his daughter there any way he can, including baptizing her a Catholic.

New poll reveals young Americans find happiness in family and God, not money

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The current generation of young Americans are conflicted over money, reveals a recent survey of 13- to 24-year-olds. Poll results were reported in an Associated Press article.The overwhelming majority of the 1,280 young people surveyed did not place money at the top of the list when asked what makes them happiest. Friends and family, followed by God, pets and pastimes, like listening to music, topped that list. Only one percent named money as the thing that gives them the most joy.

Cardinal criticizes media coverage of Italy sex-abuse cases

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:49 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State has criticized the Italian media for its coverage of the recent allegations of sexual abuse by Italian priests and suggested there might be a campaign against the Church, reported Reuters.

Planned Parenthood files lawsuit to strike down Missouri abortion law

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:43 am .- Planned Parenthood filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking to strike down a new Missouri law that requires abortion clinics to meet the same state health and safety standards already applied to other types of ambulatory surgical centers.

Lawyers bill Portland archdiocese $19M

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:42 am .- The Archdiocese of Portland received an $18.8-million bill from its lawyers, who worked on the archdiocese’s bankruptcy filing.

The diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend celebrates 150 years

Aug 22, 2007 - 10:42 am .- Several thousand Catholics gathered at the University of Notre Dame on August 18 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend. The day long event was well attended by members of the congregation of the Holy Cross as well as by ministers of various denominations. 

'Draw near to God to overcome weakness and find lasting joy and happiness', says Pope Benedict XVI

Aug 22, 2007 - 09:04 am .- By drawing near to God, we are able to overcome our weakness and find lasting joy and happiness, Pope Benedict XVI told the faithful today at his weekly General Audience.As an example, the Holy Father held up St. Gregory Nazianzus, 4th century Doctor of the Church, in the second of a two-part reflection on the saint’s life. 

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