Archive of June 25, 2009

Politics is also a path to sanctity, says Cardinal Rivera

Jun 25, 2009 - 10:36 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, called on politicians this week to seek holiness in their service to others and to create “conditions of equal opportunity among all citizens” for their development, in the spirit of St. Thomas Moore.

English and Welsh bishops vigorously reject abortion and condom advertising

Jun 25, 2009 - 08:15 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales expressed its rejection of a norm that would allow the advertising of abortion and condoms on the airwaves and said such advertising would be a failure to protect young people, who are already taught an “impoverished view of sex” by society.

Cardinal O’Malley: Catholics should not be ‘overwhelmed’ by sin

Jun 25, 2009 - 05:19 pm .- Last weekend, Archbishop of Boston Seán Cardinal O’Malley led a three-day retreat for the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). Saying Catholics should not be “overwhelmed” by sin, the cardinal spoke about confession and recounted his father’s advice to confess every time one is ready for a haircut.

Paraguayan bishop exhorts priests to overcome 'filth' that causes scandals

Jun 25, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Ciudad del Este in Paraguay exhorted priests this week to overcome the “filth” of scandals, which arise from bad doctrine, sinful lives, the abandonment of the faithful to sects and economic corruption.

Farrah Fawcett dies after receiving last rites

Jun 25, 2009 - 02:27 pm .- Farrah Fawcett, a star of the television classic “Charlie’s Angels,” succumbed to cancer on Thursday after receiving last rites.

Louisiana passes conscience protection law for health care workers

Jun 25, 2009 - 01:55 pm .- On Wednesday afternoon, the Louisiana Healthcare Workers Conscience Act, HB-517, passed the Senate by a vote of 31-2 and the House by a margin of 88-12.  The decision is being celebrated by local pro-lifers as a means to help those in the medical profession “excel” without being forced to act “against their conscience.”

Astronaut to carry another relic of St. Therese to space in 2011

Jun 25, 2009 - 11:57 am .- U.S. astronaut Ronald Garan, who brought a relic of St. Therese of Lisieux with him on the Discovery space shuttle during his last trip to space, attended Pope Benedict XVI’s Wednesday audience this week and was greeted by the Pontiff.

Benedict XVI restates appeal for end to Holy Land conflict

Jun 25, 2009 - 10:46 am .- At a Thursday meeting of organizations dedicated to providing aid to the Eastern Churches, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his call for an end to war, violence and injustice in the Holy Land and pledged the Church's continued support.

Two U.S. Catholic churches in vandalized in one week

Jun 25, 2009 - 07:06 am .- A devastating act of vandalism at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Mandarin, Florida last weekend left a total of nine religious statues damaged.  Fr. Daniel Cody, pastor of St. Joseph’s, said that he was disappointed by the incident, but is asking his parishioners to pray for whoever committed the acts.

Patriarch of Jerusalem calls for dialogue to overcome conflicts in Holy Land

Jun 25, 2009 - 04:17 am .- The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, encouraged Jews, Muslims and Christians in the Holy Land this week to embrace dialogue and collaboration in order to overcome “the conflict and violence” in the region, and thus reap the fruits of the recent visit by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishops’ conferences ask G8 summit to protect poor in economic crisis

Jun 25, 2009 - 03:41 am .- The leaders of the bishops’ conferences of G8 countries have called on the world leaders gathering at the G8 Summit in Italy to take “concerted action” to protect the poor and vulnerable of the world during the economic crisis.

Publishing consortium Catholic Word takes over distribution of Marian Press titles

Jun 25, 2009 - 01:01 am .- Catholic Word, a consortium of more than 15 publishers and music producers, has announced that it has taken over the distribution of Marian Press titles from STL Distributors. The change will concern titles related to the Divine Mercy devotions.

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