Archive of August 8, 2008

Vacations should include time for cultivating the spirit, says Spanish bishop

Aug 8, 2008 - 10:16 pm .- Bishop Vicente Jimenez of Santander said summer vacations should be dedicated to cultivating and enriching the spirit and not only to rest and distraction.

Chinese bishop explains reasons for participating in Olympic opening ceremonies

Aug 8, 2008 - 02:17 pm .- Coadjutor Bishop John Tong Hon of Hong Kong explained this week why he decided to accept “with ambivalent sentiments” the invitation of the Chinese government to participate in the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Beijing. ...

Crash of charter bus carrying Catholic pilgrims kills at least 14 in Texas

Aug 8, 2008 - 01:07 pm .- At least 14 people died and 40 people were injured when a charter bus carrying a Vietnamese Catholic group to an annual pilgrimage slammed onto its side and then skidded off a freeway overpass in Texas early on Friday. As Texas Catholics mourn the dead and the wounded, questions have arisen about the bus company’s compliance with state and federal regulations.

Archbishop goes to pray for robber instead of calling police

Aug 8, 2008 - 12:47 pm .- Archbishop Jose Dosado of Ozamiz in the Philippines was headed from his house to the Cathedral to pray early Friday morning, when he was accosted by a man who took his wallet and cell phone. The archbishop did not report the incident to the police but went to pray for the thief instead.

Paraguayan bishops call on new president to defend right to life and the family

Aug 8, 2008 - 09:57 am .- In an official statement published on Wednesday, the Paraguayan Bishops’ Conference called on the government of former bishop Fernando Lugo, who will take power on August 15, to defend the right to life and the family based “on marriage between one man and one woman.”

Breakaway St. Louis church to elect new board members

Aug 8, 2008 - 05:00 am .- Parishioners at the breakaway parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka in St. Louis will elect six new board members this weekend after a circuit court judge brokered a compromise between the church and the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Laity asks president of Ecuador to take back his comments against the Church

Aug 8, 2008 - 03:00 am .- The Ecuadoran Council of Lay Catholics has called on the country’s president, Rafael Correa, to tone down his rhetoric against the Catholic Church.  During a press conference, Council president Max Loaiza said the president’s criticisms have been offensive to priests and bishops.

All in Spain must make a commitment to WYD 2011, says cardinal

Aug 8, 2008 - 12:20 am .- The president of the Spanish Episcopal Conference (CEE), Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela explained that the next World Youth Day, scheduled to take place in 2011, will require the people of Madrid to have a strong “commitment to apostolic character.”

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