Archive of July 24, 2008

John Paul II Foundation for Sports to be unveiled at the Vatican

Jul 24, 2008 - 10:54 pm .- On July 28, the John Paul II Foundation for Sports will be introduced during a press conference at the Marconi Hall at Vatican Radio’s headquarters.  The new foundation’s mission will involve the organization of a three-year program of national and international sporting events focused on promoting the dignity of the human person, especially among young people.

Iraqi Christians begin church restoration campaign

Jul 24, 2008 - 07:35 pm .- Christians in the southern Iraq have begun a campaign to restore churches which have been rendered unusable due to war and neglect.

Venezuelan bishop warns that the “Chavist” church seeking to name military chaplains

Jul 24, 2008 - 06:13 pm .- In statements on Union Radio, the vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert Leon, warned that the self-proclaimed “Reformed Catholic Church,” which is backed by the Hugo Chavez administration, is seeking to name military chaplains with government support.

South Dakota abortion clinic appears closed, despite Planned Parenthood denial

Jul 24, 2008 - 05:22 pm .- During what one pro-life advocate called “a great week in South Dakota for unborn children,” a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota has apparently closed. The abortion provider on the other hand, disputes the alleged closure.

WYD Madrid to help recover Christian identity of Europe, says Vatican spokesman

Jul 24, 2008 - 04:08 pm .- In an interview with Vatican Radio, the director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi, said the next World Youth Day to be held in Madrid in 2001 will focus on the challenge of preventing Europe from losing its Christian identity.

More than six thousand young people celebrated WYD in northern Iraq

Jul 24, 2008 - 02:04 pm .- Although only a dozen Iraqi young people were able to attend World Youth Day in Sydney, more than six thousand young people took part in their own WYD celebrations in northern Iraq, attending catechetical sessions and sharing their faith experiences in an atmosphere of joy and enthusiasm.

Secretary of Nicaraguan bishops slams Chavez’s praise for Castro

Jul 24, 2008 - 12:12 pm .- Bishop Rene Sandigo, secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Nicaragua, has joined other Catholic leaders in criticizing Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez for comparing Fidel Castro to Jesus Christ during a political rally in Managua on July 19.

Vatican official warns Lambeth Conference to beware of 'spiritual Alzheimers'

Jul 24, 2008 - 10:59 am .- The Anglican bishops assembled for the Lambeth Conference in Canterbury, England heard a speech from the Catholic Cardinal Ivan Dias on Tuesday night. The cardinal appealed to the bishops to maintain unity and said that those who live “short-sightedly rooted in the fleeting present, oblivious to our past legacy and apostolic traditions” are suffering from “a sort of spiritual Alzheimers.”

Seek new ways to proclaim the Gospel and protect Africa’s culture, Pope says

Jul 24, 2008 - 09:51 am .- A meeting of Catholic bishops from around Africa is being held in Tanzania this week to discuss the need to protect the treasures of African cultures while also proclaiming the Gospel. In a brief message, Pope Benedict encouraged the bishops to look for “new and effective ways” to continue to uphold the values of joy in life, respect for unborn, the family and a profound sense of communion that exists in their cultures.

New documentary to highlight 40 Days for Life pro-life campaign

Jul 24, 2008 - 05:01 am .- A new documentary about the 40 Days for Life campaign, which involves educational outreach, personal prayer and fasting, and prayer vigils at abortion clinics, is scheduled to air on Friday. The program, titled “beingHUMAN: 40 Days for Life II,” will interview volunteers, national leaders, and former abortionists.

Muslim ‘warriors’ threaten harm if Catholic bishop does not convert to Islam

Jul 24, 2008 - 02:37 am .- A Catholic bishop in the southern Philippines’ Basilan province has received a letter from self-described “Muslim warriors” possibly linked to Abu Sayyaf who are threatening him with harm if he does not convert to Islam or pay “Islamic taxes.” Further, authorities are seeking the return of three adults and two children, all Catholics, who were kidnapped in the same area this week.

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