Archive of August 6, 2008

Five U.S. soldiers join pilgrimage march to Polish shrine in goodwill gesture

Aug 6, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- Five U.S. soldiers embarked on a 10-day, 180 mile-long march to Poland’s Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa with hundreds of camouflaged soldiers from various nations on Tuesday. The shrine contains the icon of the Black Madonna, the creation of which tradition attributes to St. Luke.

Zogby: McCain leads Obama among Catholics due to social issues

Aug 6, 2008 - 06:24 pm .- The latest Associated TV/Zogby International poll reports a significant change in Catholic support for the leading presumptive presidential nominees of both major U.S. political parties. Zogby analyst Fritz Wenzel explains that the shift amongst Catholics is due to increased concern about "social values."

Defense of environment presupposes personal conversion, says Pope

Aug 6, 2008 - 06:04 pm .- During a gathering with more than 400 priests in the Italian region of Tirol on Wednesday, the feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI said Christianity has always encouraged care for the environment based on the conversion of the human person.

Peruvian expert explains deceit behind concept of ‘reproductive health’

Aug 6, 2008 - 05:11 pm .- A renowned expert on sexuality and the family in Peru has explained the deceit behind the concept of “reproductive health,” after the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, denounced the existence of ideologically-driven groups that use the concept to promote new forms of abortion.

Thirty years after his death, expert reveals true personality of Paul VI

Aug 6, 2008 - 02:13 pm .- In order to mark the 30th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s death on August 6, L’Osservatore Romano is publishing an article describing the true personality of the Pontiff, debunking myths about his supposed sadness and uncertainty portrayed in some media.

Salt + Light Television wins Gabriel Award

Aug 6, 2008 - 01:31 pm .- Toronto-based Salt + Light Television has won the Television Station of the Year Gabriel Award, considered the “Emmy” of religious programming, beating out other candidates competition from the major television networks.

Cardinal Hummes: The Church is proud of the ‘vast majority’ of priests

Aug 6, 2008 - 10:33 am .- In a pastoral letter sent to the priests of the world on the feast of St. John Maria Vianney, the prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, said, “The Church rejoices and is proud of the vast majority of her priests, who are good and extremely praiseworthy.”

A civilization of love cannot be built without God’s grace, Cardinal Turcotte says

Aug 6, 2008 - 08:50 am .- A civilization of love cannot be built without the transforming power of God’s grace and it must be lived out in ordinary life, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte told the Knights of Columbus convention this morning.

Nigerian bishop calls for government to return former missionary schools

Aug 6, 2008 - 04:13 am .- Francis Alonge, the Bishop of Ondo in Nigeria, has called for the return of former missionary schools taken over by the government. He criticized the fall in standards of Nigerian education, claiming the decline was due to the government takeover. He further asserted that the takeover had “wiped out completely the teaching of morals which the Church is known for.”

Gainesville, Florida citizens unite to change controversial public restroom law

Aug 6, 2008 - 02:06 am .- A coalition of citizens and businesses in Gainesville, Florida has formed in reaction to the Gainesville City Council’s passage of a ‘gender identity’ ordinance that allows men who perceive themselves as women to use women’s bathrooms in any school, business or public facility. ...

Archbishop of Bombay asks parents not to abort unborn child with heart defect

Aug 6, 2008 - 12:11 am .- Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, on Sunday appealed to a couple seeking legal permission to abort their unborn child due to its congenital heart defect, asking them to stop seeking legal permission to abort the 25-week-old fetus. Cardinal Gracias promised that the Church would take care of the baby if it were allowed to be born.

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