Archive of July 29, 2008

Clergy confraternity calls for prayer and fasting in reparation for Eucharistic desecration

Jul 29, 2008 - 10:51 pm .- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a national association of over 600 priests and deacons, has responded to the reported desecration of the Eucharist at the hands of a Minnesota biology professor and science blogger by asking for the Catholics of Minnesota and the entire nation to join in a day of prayer and fasting.

Replica of famous statue of Sacred Heart destroyed in Madrid

Jul 29, 2008 - 07:20 pm .- Last week a group of unknown delinquents chopped the head off of a statue of the Sacred Heart located in the gardens of the hermitage of San Antonio de la Florida in Madrid.

Cardinal calls on Peruvian government to resist pressure to approve abortion

Jul 29, 2008 - 05:54 pm .- During the Te Deum marking Peru’s Independence Day, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, called on the government to resist international pressure to pass laws that would “attack life and the family.”

Chinese government forces hotels to install internet spying tools

Jul 29, 2008 - 04:47 pm .- Although the Olympics are meant to be a time of celebration and friendly competition, Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) produced evidence today that Chinese authorities are planning to spy on visitors’ internet usage.

Authorities admit that Brazilian population is getting older at accelerated rate

Jul 29, 2008 - 01:40 pm .- An official study has confirmed that Brazil’s previous projections regarding its aging population are incorrect and that during 2006 the country’s fertility rate dipped to the ratio projected for 2043 of 1.8 children per woman—which does not guarantee population replacement.

Pope to work on new document during vacation in Bressanone

Jul 29, 2008 - 12:32 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI may be working on the conclusion of the expected social encyclical or on a new document during his vacation in Bressanone, according to Vatican spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, who spoke to reporters on the first day of the Pope’s vacation in German-speaking northern Italy.

New, more literal English translation of Order of the Mass approved by Holy See

Jul 29, 2008 - 11:20 am .- The Holy See’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has approved the new English-language translation of the Order of the Mass submitted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). ...

Latin America receives $2.1 million for rural development

Jul 29, 2008 - 10:17 am .- Efforts to assist the disenfranchised in Latin America received a shot in the arm from the Populorum Progressio Foundation to the tune of $2.1 million following the foundation’s most recent meeting. 

Thousands in Philippines protest population control bill

Jul 29, 2008 - 04:05 am .- About 12,000 pro-lifers gathered on the grounds of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila last Friday to protest a proposed population control bill in the Philippines.

Dozens of medical professionals attest that personhood begins at conception

Jul 29, 2008 - 03:13 am .- Colorado for Equal Rights, an organization backing a measure on the Colorado ballot that would define a person in the state’s Constitution as “any human being from the moment of fertilization,” has released a list of over 70 physicians and pharmacists from around the United States who agree that a person includes any human from the moment of conception.

Myanmar cyclone refugees return home hoping ‘way of the Cross’ is over

Jul 29, 2008 - 01:55 am .- Archbishop of Yangon Charles Bo has circulated a letter describing the situation in Myanmar as the country continues to recover from cyclone Nargis. While returning refugees are happy to be home, he said, they are pained by the loss of life and the damage done to houses, schools, and places of worship. “We do hope our way of the Cross is over,” one returnee said.

S. Dakota abortion clinic still not performing abortions, local pro-lifers say

Jul 29, 2008 - 12:11 am .- South Dakota pro-life advocates continue to report that the Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota is no longer performing abortions after a rigorous informed consent state law took effect earlier this month, though they say further investigation is required for confirmation. “We were the first state that ever made Planned Parenthood put up a closed sign,” one pro-life leader said.

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