Archive of September 10, 2008

Ecuadorans encouraged to vote for life in referendum on Constitution

Sep 10, 2008 - 10:44 pm .- Ecuadorans are preparing to vote on a new constitution and with the September 28 referendum around the corner, the president of the Ecuadoran Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Antonio Arregui Yarza, has issued a call to Christians to remember that “life, the family and peace are goods we must aspire to and ensure that they contribute to a better future.”

Pro-life groups warn new abortion law in Spain will not bring solutions

Sep 10, 2008 - 08:02 pm .- The Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations said this week that a new law widening access to abortion would do nothing to solve the problems related to the issue, and that change would come only with measures that respect life, help pregnant women and encourage teens to change their behavior.

Catholic bishops call for end to ‘inhumane’ worksite ICE raids

Sep 10, 2008 - 06:18 pm .- Speaking at a press conference in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, several Catholic bishops questioned the effectiveness and humaneness of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids and called for them to be abandoned.

Peace in Colombia needs to be real, says bishop

Sep 10, 2008 - 05:14 pm .- Bishop Pablo Salas of El Espinal said this week that the Church in Colombia seeks to be an instrument of peace and a prophetic voice of justice and truth despite the lack of attention paid to her message.

Bishops correct Biden: protecting unborn from abortion is a ‘demand of justice’

Sep 10, 2008 - 02:18 pm .- Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali and Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut William E. Lori, writing in a Tuesday statement, have responded to Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden’s comments that the point at which human life begins is a “religiously based view,” by saying that his remarks “do not reflect the truth on the matter.”

Cubans in Miami join in celebration of 400th anniversary for Our Lady of Charity

Sep 10, 2008 - 12:36 pm .- Thousands of Cubans in Miami gathered for a Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba, and to participate in the jubilee year decreed by the bishops of Cuba to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the devotion.

Pope sends message to France as he prepares to visit

Sep 10, 2008 - 10:32 am .- This coming Friday, Pope Benedict XVI will fly from Rome to Paris, thereby commencing his first visit as Pope to France. In anticipation of the visit, the Holy Father has penned a message to the nation lauding its strong tradition of faith and culture.

Apostles bring the true joy of Christ to all, says the Pope

Sep 10, 2008 - 09:59 am .- Speaking to 9,000 pilgrims gathered at the Paul VI Hall this morning, Pope Benedict reflected on St. Paul as an apostle of Jesus Christ. Though he did not belong to the group of the Twelve that Jesus called during his ministry, Paul nevertheless claims the title for himself, he explained.

Judge rules ban on teacher’s classroom ‘God Bless America’ banners violates free speech

Sep 10, 2008 - 07:51 am .- A federal judge ruled on Friday that a San Diego high school teacher has a free speech right to display patriotic banners in his classroom with messages such as “God Bless America,” “In God We Trust,” and “One Nation Under God.” School officials had ordered the banners removed on the grounds they promoted a “Judeo-Christian” viewpoint.

India bishop says government not doing enough to stop anti-Christian violence

Sep 10, 2008 - 05:17 am .- Bishop Alex Dias of the Diocese of Port Blair in India’s Andaman and Nicobare islands has charged that the Indian government is not doing enough to halt the anti-Christian violence in the state of Orissa. Speaking in an interview, the bishop warned that the violence could spread if it is not halted in time, saying “The world must know that these things happen in India.”

Caritas Haiti aids 'desperate' situation in wake of four hurricanes

Sep 10, 2008 - 02:52 am .- Caritas Haiti, the local branch of the Catholic pastoral charity Caritas International, has provided relief aid to Haiti after the passage of Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike left hundreds dead and 600,000 people in need of aid. Caritas Haiti staff in Gonaïves, one of the worst-hit cities, report that the situation is bleak, with the director general of the organization saying it is “desperate.”

Protests and internet reporting by Catholics elicit threats from Vietnamese police

Sep 10, 2008 - 01:13 am .- Amid ongoing demonstrations held by Vietnamese Catholics who seek to recover confiscated church properties, the Vietnamese government has accused the Archbishop of Hanoi of inciting the protests. Meanwhile, Vietnam Police Generals have threatened to punish anyone who “incites protests” or writes and distributes articles relating to Catholic protests on the internet.

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