Archive of September 20, 2007

New book "Broken Trust" helps to bring healing to all involved in sexual abuse

Sep 20, 2007 - 03:10 pm .- Go into any bookstore, and you are sure to find numerous books on the sexual abuse crisis that the Catholic Church has been plagued with during the last few decades. But what you won’t find is a book that looks at both sides of the unprecedented tragedy—the stories of the abused and those of the abusers.

Archbishop Tomasi addresses the UN on religious freedom

Sep 20, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- In a statement to the UN in Geneva, Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi addressed the President regarding the delicate balance of freedom of religion and expression, the respect of religious and non-religious beliefs, and the defamation of members of a religion in the world today.

Zimbabwe -- ACN calls for prayers for the Church in Zimbabwe

Sep 20, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The well-known pastoral charity, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has requested that Catholics around the world unite in prayer for the Church in Zimbabwe as they face extreme spiritual and material challenges.

Ontario premier firm on funding for Catholic schools

Sep 20, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Liberal Premier Dalton McGuinty of Ontario has ruled out ending state funding for Catholic schools after one his key education advisers suggested in a radio interview that it could eventually be eliminated.

Pro-life coalition to protest Democratic National Convention

Sep 20, 2007 - 11:03 am .- The Christian Defense Coalition has announced its plans to protest the August 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver.

Benedict XVI greets Chief Rabbi of Rome on Jewish feast

Sep 20, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent “most cordial and sincere best wishes” to the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, on the occasion of the Jewish feasts of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, which are celebrated in the month of September.

Vatican inaugurates new Philatelic and Numismatic Museum

Sep 20, 2007 - 10:56 am .- On September 25 the new Philatelic and Numismatic (Stamp and Coin) Museum on the Vatican Hill will be inaugurated as part of the Vatican Museums.

“Little victims” of family breakdown multiply in wake of express divorce in Spain

Sep 20, 2007 - 10:52 am .- In only two years Spain’s express divorce law has lead to an increase of 50% in the number of children who are victims of family breakups.  According to the Institute for Family Policy, together with Belgium, Spain is now the country with the highest rate of marriage failures in the European Union.

Man rows gondola to St. Peter's to raise money for charity

Sep 20, 2007 - 10:39 am .- A man has rowed his gondola from Venice to Rome in an effort to raise money for African children and kids with rare diseases around the world.

Hundreds witness miracle of St. Januarius in Naples

Sep 20, 2007 - 10:39 am .- As has occurred each year for the last 400 years, the liquefaction of the blood of St. Januarius took place in the city of Naples on the martyr’s feast day of September 19. 

Diocese of Ibiza threatens lawsuit over pornographic religious images

Sep 20, 2007 - 09:49 am .- The Diocese of Ibiza in Spain announced on Wednesday it would launch legal action against the Ibiza Museum of Contemporary Art if it does not take down a series of pornographic religious images by Ivo Hendricks and that are being displayed at the old Hospitalet church.In a statement the diocese said those responsible for the art show should ensure that “such incidents do not happen again,” pointing out that the art is offensive to Catholics.    

Bishop Aquila urges priests to pray before abortion facility

Sep 20, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo is strongly urging his priests to imitate him by praying for one hour in front of an abortion facility during this year's national Forty Days of Life.The Forty Days for Life will begin Sept. 26 and conclude Nov. 4.  According to organizers, churches and groups in 89 U.S. cities and 33 states have agreed to participate by conducting vigils in front of abortion clinics, praying, and fasting.     

Bishops of Benin, continue to speak out for the oppressed and to integrate your culture with the faith

Sep 20, 2007 - 09:43 am .- The Bishops of Benin, a country in western African situated on the northern coast of the Gulf of Guinea, completed their “ad limina” visit with Pope Benedict XVI today at Castelgandolfo. During the meeting, the Holy Father encouraged the prelates to continue to speak out for justice and human rights and to work for the proper integration of the faith with the culture of their country.

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