Archive of June 16, 2009

Catholics and Hindus discuss peace and religious freedom in India

Jun 16, 2009 - 10:23 pm .- The Archdiocese of Bombay hosted an inter-religious meeting recently between Catholics and Hindus in order to discuss ways to promote peace and respect for religious freedom in the wake of attacks against Christians in India.

Minnesota’s Cathedral of St. Paul designated national shrine by the Vatican

Jun 16, 2009 - 07:48 pm .- The Vatican has designated the Cathedral of St. Paul to be the first national shrine in honor of the Apostle Paul, following the request of Archbishop John C. Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Dept. of Justice defends DOMA, Obama wants it overturned

Jun 16, 2009 - 06:07 pm .- Although the Department of Justice filed a brief defending the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) last week, the Obama administration has made it clear that promoting same-sex “marriage” will be an important focus of its political agenda.

Lima cardinal calls for reconciliation amidst conflict in the Amazon

Jun 16, 2009 - 05:01 pm .- At the conclusion of his homily during the Corpus Christi Mass last Sunday, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, called for reconciliation in the country, especially in the Amazon region, where confrontations between police and natives have left more than 34 people dead.

Mexican bishops condemn murder of priest and seminarians in Guerrero

Jun 16, 2009 - 03:53 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico issued a statement on Monday strongly condemning the killing of a priest and two seminarians in the city of Arcelia in the state of Guerrero.

Pope to visit town of St. Padre Pio

Jun 16, 2009 - 01:43 pm .- The Vatican announced today the details of Pope Benedict XVI's pastoral visit to San Giovanni Rotondo, the town in the Italian Region of Puglia where St. Padre Pio lived.

Unknown assailants kill priest and two seminarians in Mexico

Jun 16, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- Archbishop Felipe Aguirre Franco of Acapulco, Mexico has confirmed that one priest and two seminarians were killed last week in the city of Altamirano in the Mexican state of Guerrero.

Pope Benedict appoints American priest to oversee liturgy

Jun 16, 2009 - 10:16 am .- This morning, the Vatican announced a significant change by Pope Benedict at the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, the body charged with overseeing the liturgy. The American priest, Fr. Agustine Di Noia O.P., was appointed by the Pope to be the secretary of the Congregation and raised to the level of archbishop.

Parents of sextuplets rejected doctors’ advice to abort

Jun 16, 2009 - 05:58 am .- A mother of sextuplets in Northern Ireland says that she and her husband rejected doctors’ advice to abort several of her babies, whom she called “a wonderful gift from God.”

Man forgives Kathmandu cathedral bomber who killed wife and daughter

Jun 16, 2009 - 03:26 am .- Inspired by St. Paul’s conversion, a man whose wife and daughter were killed last month in a bomb attack at the Catholic cathedral in Kathmandu has forgiven the woman suspected to have carried out the attack.

Australian state bans biology program because of pro-life connections

Jun 16, 2009 - 01:22 am .- A biology program originally approved in the Australian state of New South Wales to teach public schoolchildren about the “Wonder of Life” before birth has been banned because of its creator’s connections to pro-life groups.

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