Archive of June 3, 2008

School district sued over ban on pro-life T-shirt

Jun 3, 2008 - 10:31 pm .- A woman is suing a Minnesota school district alleging her 12-year-old son’s First Amendment rights were violated when his teachers forbade him to wear a T-shirt protesting abortion.

Bishop of Orlando prays for God’s protection from hurricanes

Jun 3, 2008 - 08:14 pm .- Bishop of Orlando Thomas Wenski celebrated a special Mass on Monday asking for God’s protection during hurricane season.  “At the beginning of this hurricane season, we turn to God and pray that we will be spared from the ravages of nature this year,” he said in his homily as he urged the faithful to place themselves under God’s dominion and to turn their hearts to the Lord.

California marriage amendment certified for November ballot

Jun 3, 2008 - 05:35 pm .- California Secretary of State Debra Bowen on Monday certified for the state ballot a measure that would define marriage as “between a man and a woman.”

Catholics who cannot explain their faith are easy prey for religious sects, warns Fr. Loring

Jun 3, 2008 - 04:43 pm .- Father Jorge Loring, the famous Spanish Jesuit apologist, said this week Catholics who are not able to give a reason for their faith fall easy prey to religious sects such as the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Muslims attack Christians with machetes and sticks in Indonesia

Jun 3, 2008 - 03:51 pm .- Muslim extremists who are members of the Islamic Defenders Front recently attacked 200 moderate Christians and Muslims who protested for religious freedom in the Indonesian capital, threatening the protestors with death and attacking them with machetes and sticks.  Twelve people were left wounded as the extremists shouted, “Repent or die.”

Brazilian high court to rule on abortion of anacephalic babies

Jun 3, 2008 - 02:46 pm .- Justice Marco Aurelio Mello of the Brazilian Supreme Court said that in the wake of the approval of a law permitting research with frozen human embryos, “the Court is ready to rule on the case” of anacephaly abortions.

Vatican reaffirms Church teaching on ordination to the priesthood

Jun 3, 2008 - 01:33 pm .- The secretary for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, said this week only men can be ordained to the priesthood because “the Catholic Church is not authorized to change the will of her founder, Jesus Christ."

Salvadoran archbishop prays for victims of plane crash in Honduras

Jun 3, 2008 - 01:07 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador offered his prayers this week for the victims of the plane crash last Friday in Honduras, asking God to bring comfort to their families.

Fight against hunger must become globalized, Pope asserts

Jun 3, 2008 - 11:02 am .- On Tuesday morning in Rome, 50 leaders from around the world gathered at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The heads of state listened as the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone read a message from the Pope, which stressed that the world is more than capable of providing enough food for all. 

Argentina and Vatican agree to dialogue and collaboration

Jun 3, 2008 - 10:09 am .- Leaders from all around the world have gathered in Rome for a meeting on food security with an emphasis on climate change and bio-energy. During the course of the meeting, Vatican Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone met with the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.

Vatican speaks about papal audiences during food summit

Jun 3, 2008 - 09:40 am .- This afternoon the Holy See’s Press Office clarified Pope Benedict’s decision to not grant an audience to the various heads of state who are in Rome for the U.N. food security meeting, saying that it was due to the large number of requests, the small window of time available and prior commitments.

Catholic-owned radio station ends non-Catholic programming

Jun 3, 2008 - 04:41 am .- A Catholic-owned radio station in Connecticut has discontinued most of its non-Catholic programming, which ranged from short inspirational spots to recorded worship services or talk shows produced by various area Protestant and Orthodox churches.

Salvadoran president to receive Path to Peace award

Jun 3, 2008 - 02:02 am .- The Path to Peace Foundation, an agency established to support the work of the Holy See’s mission to the United Nations, has awarded its 2008 Path to Peace award to Elías Antonio Saca González, President of El Salvador.

Catholic MP fights to reduce 24-week abortion limit

Jun 3, 2008 - 02:00 am .- The fight against abortion continues in the UK, according to the catholic MP who tabled an amendment under the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill.

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