Archive of September 2, 2008

Bishop Weigand of Sacramento asks Pope Benedict for early retirement

Sep 2, 2008 - 10:46 pm .- Bishop of Sacramento William K. Weigand has asked Pope Benedict XVI permission to retire, citing a lack of physical energy.

‘The family is a treasure, care for it!’ archbishop tells Catholics of Costa Rica

Sep 2, 2008 - 08:45 pm .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes of San Jose in Costa Rica exhorted the more than 100,000 Catholics gathered for a pro-life march to care for the family, “the primary and fundamental cell of society” and “the first school of virtues,” against certain anti-family and anti-marriage laws in the country.

Zogby online poll shows most Catholics think Palin good choice for McCain

Sep 2, 2008 - 05:29 pm .- A Zogby Interactive online poll of likely voters conducted in the aftermath of the announcement of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as Sen. John McCain’s running mate reports that most respondents believe the Palin pick will help McCain, as do Catholic respondents in particular.

Opposition to caste system is root of attacks against Christians in India, says archbishop

Sep 2, 2008 - 04:40 pm .- In an interview with Vatican Radio, the Archbishop of Ranchi in India, Cardinal Telesforo Placidus Toppo, said that the Catholic Church’s defense of the sacredness of the human person and its opposition to the caste system are what is fueling the violence against Christian minorities in India.

Mexican bishops renew calls to defend life in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Sep 2, 2008 - 03:13 pm .- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of a law in Mexico City legalizing abortion up to the twelfth week, the bishops of that country issued a statement reiterating the need to defend life from conception to natural death.

Attacks against Christians in Orissa lessening

Sep 2, 2008 - 12:37 pm .- Violence against Christians in the Indian state of Orissa appears to be subsiding after 26 people were killed and 4,000 Christian homes, churches and centers were destroyed by Hindu extremists.

Iraqi archbishop sends message to Muslim leaders for Ramadan

Sep 2, 2008 - 11:28 am .- The Archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, Louis Sako, addressed the city’s Islamic leaders yesterday on the occasion of the beginning Ramadan.  During his speech, the prelate prayed for goodness, brotherhood and peace between Christians and Muslims around the world.

Catholic Charities assisting victims of Hurricane Gustav

Sep 2, 2008 - 11:25 am .- Catholic Charities has announced that it is collecting financial donations to assist Gulf Coast communities that were damaged by Hurricane Gustav.  The donations will initially focus on directing critical resources to the hurricane victims.

Freed Colombian hostage reveals 'Pope’s voice was like a light' during captivity

Sep 2, 2008 - 10:38 am .- During a press conference after her audience with Pope Benedict XVI on Monday at Castel Gandolfo, former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt revealed that during her captivity deep in the Amazon jungle, “amidst my desperation and sadness I heard the Pope’s voice on the radio pronouncing my name.”  His voice, she said, “was like a light.”

Pope to make one day visit to island of Sardinia

Sep 2, 2008 - 10:00 am .- On Sunday September 7, the island of Sardinia, which lies southwest of Italy, will welcome Pope Benedict XVI for a one day visit. The city of Cagliari will host the Pope as he celebrates Mass, and visits with bishops, priests, seminarians and young people.

DNC Faith Caucus tries to claim ‘moral values’ for Democrats

Sep 2, 2008 - 04:09 am .- The final Faith in Action panel at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) on Thursday in Denver addressed the engagement of religious communities in religious outreach and the relationship between faith and politics. Panelists addressed topics such as changing political attitudes in younger evangelical Christians and the place of pro-life Democrats in the party.

President Bush proclaims days of Prayer and Remembrance for 9/11 anniversary

Sep 2, 2008 - 12:35 am .- President George W. Bush has issued a proclamation declaring Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, 2008 to be National Days of Prayer and Remembrance.

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