Archive of July 9, 2008

Order of Canada recipient could return award in protest of abortionist Morgentaler honor

Jul 9, 2008 - 11:08 pm .- Sister Margaret Smith, a Catholic nun who was awarded the Order of Canada for working to bring health care programs to northern Canada, has said she may return the decoration to protest the granting of the medal to abortionist Dr. Henry Morgentaler....

Natural Family Planning information to counter ‘condom peddlers’ at WYD

Jul 9, 2008 - 10:22 pm .- Catholics are responding to anti-papal demonstrators who plan to distribute condoms to pilgrims at World Youth Day by distributing Natural Family Planning information.

Ecuadoran laity council denounces constitutional reform in support of legal abortion

Jul 9, 2008 - 09:38 pm .- The Ecuadoran Council of Lay Catholics criticized the reform of the Constitution being carried out by the Constitutional Assembly for supporting abortion, and it has demanded that members of the Assembly change any clauses that would “legalize abortion in our country.”

With Christ in your heart you will have no fear, says priest quake survivor

Jul 9, 2008 - 08:05 pm .- Father Jiang Tian Xiang, pastor of the Church of Xiu Shui, which was devastated by the earthquake of last May, stands outside the ruins of his parish every day to help parishioners and tell them, “If you simply have Our Lord in your heart, you will never be afraid of anything!”

U.S. Catholics top list of contributors to Peter's Pence

Jul 9, 2008 - 06:02 pm .- The Council of Cardinals that studies the Vatican's organizational and economic matters announced this Wednesday that the income generated worldwide by the collection known as the Peter's Pence placed U.S. Catholics way at the top of the list, distantly followed by Italy.

Priest warns measures by Socialist government ‘are against the Church’

Jul 9, 2008 - 05:31 pm .- Father Jaime Larrinaga, a priest who was forced to leave the Basque region of Spain by the terrorist group ETA, spoke out this week saying that the measures by the country’s Socialist government against life and its promotion of secularism are in opposition to the Church.

Vatican cardinal calls on FARC to initiate dialogue for peace

Jul 9, 2008 - 04:30 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, has called on FARC leader Alfonso Cano to initiate peace talks to put an end to the civil conflict in the country.

Vatican announces deficit for 2007

Jul 9, 2008 - 02:11 pm .- The Council of Cardinals that studies the Vatican's organizational and economic problems announced that the Holy See has reported a deficit of 9 million euros –more than 14 million U.S. dollars- for 2007.

Rosary plays important role in hostage rescue in Colombia

Jul 9, 2008 - 01:00 pm .- The recitation of the Rosary has become, for an increasing number of Colombians, the secret behind the new phase the country is entering.  Many Colombians also view the Rosary as the "secret weapon" that made the recent rescuing of 15 hostages possible - without a single shot fired.

Pope appoints new secretary for the CDF

Jul 9, 2008 - 11:10 am .- The Vatican announced this morning that the Pope has appointed Fr. Luis Francisco Ladaria Ferrer S.J. as the new secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to fill the spot left vacant by the appointment of Archbishop Angelo Amato as the head of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Pope Benedict appoints Salesian as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints

Jul 9, 2008 - 11:05 am .- Today Archbishop Angelo Amato was appointed by the Holy Father as prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The archbishop will also be raised to a cardinal during the next consistory.

Bishop David Ricken appointed to lead the Diocese of Green Bay

Jul 9, 2008 - 11:00 am .- On Wednesday Pope Benedict XVI appointed Most Rev. David L. Ricken as the new bishop of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The prelate will become the 12th Bishop of Green Bay on August 28, 2008.  

King of Bahrain meets with Pope Benedict

Jul 9, 2008 - 10:21 am .- While at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo this morning, Pope Benedict received the King of the Middle Eastern country of Bahrain. In other discussions with Vatican officials, the king was thanked for the welcome he has given to Christians in his kingdom. 

Fired Commonwealth Catholic Charities’ employee under investigation for abortion involvement

Jul 9, 2008 - 06:11 am .- Michael N. Herring, Attorney of the Commonwealth of Virginia, has said that he will investigate a former employee of Commonwealth Catholic Charities (CCC) who is alleged to have illegally signed a parental consent form to help a sixteen-year-old girl obtain an abortion in January.

Cardinal Pell responds to clerical sexual abuse cover-up allegations

Jul 9, 2008 - 03:44 am .- Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, has denied allegations of a cover-up involving clerical sexual abuse, saying he did not intentionally mislead a man who complained of a priest’s sexual abuse. It is reported that the cardinal erroneously told the man there were no other complaints against the priest.

Scholars divided on interpretation of ‘Gabriel’s Revelation’ tablet

Jul 9, 2008 - 01:14 am .- A tablet with messianic overtones reputedly from before the time of Christ has become a topic of debate in biblical and archaeological circles. While one scholar claims the find could “shake our basic view of Christianity,” a Catholic Professor of Scripture suggests the tablet is actually evidence for the historical probability of Christian belief.

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