Archive of July 28, 2009

Moral crisis in society must be cured by the family, archbishop says

Jul 28, 2009 - 10:57 pm .- Archbishop Julian Barrio of Santiago, Spain praised the values of family, respect for life and human dignity this past Saturday as ways to overcome the “grave consequences” of an “anthropological and moral” crisis in society.

Priests beaten, one thrown from hospital window as Vietnamese Catholics protest

Jul 28, 2009 - 09:29 pm .- Two priests were hospitalized in the central Vietnamese coastal city of Dong Hoi after being beaten brutally by plain-clothed police and a gang employed by the local government. One of the priests, who is now comatose, was thrown from the second floor of the hospital where he was visiting the first victim.

Man who stole tabernacle in Spain detained by police

Jul 28, 2009 - 06:00 pm .-  Police in Burgos, Spain have detained a man who is being charged with stealing a tabernacle from a local church.

Benedict XVI to travel to Turin for Shroud exposition in 2010

Jul 28, 2009 - 04:26 pm .- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI plans to attend the public exposition of the Shroud of Turin in 2010, although no exact date has been set.

Radical group claims responsibility for vandalism of churches in Barcelona

Jul 28, 2009 - 02:29 pm .- The group known as “La Gallinaire” has claimed responsibility for the vandalizing the walls of some 20 churches in Barcelona with slogans such as “The Church Stinks,” “Revolution,” and “Stop Clerical Sex Abuse.”

Archdiocese of Mexico City denies Cardinal Rivera has Facebook profile

Jul 28, 2009 - 12:26 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City said this week that a Facebook page supposedly created by Cardinal Norberto Rivera is the work of an anonymous person who is claiming to be the cardinal.

Pope's vacation town makes him honorary citizen

Jul 28, 2009 - 10:21 am .- The Italian mountain town near the chalet where Pope Benedict is spending his vacation has unanimously decided to make him an honorary citizen.

Cardinal Bertone offers encyclical as response to society's challenges

Jul 28, 2009 - 09:39 am .- The Italian Senate took time on Tuesday to hear about a topic not usually on their agenda—a papal encyclical. Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican's Secretary of State, addressed the senators about "Caritas in Veritate" and how it can help them respond to the "ethical, cultural and social challenges of today."

Nurse forced to participate in abortion speaks out

Jul 28, 2009 - 05:12 am .- "It felt like a horror film unfolding," said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, the Brooklyn nurse who says she was forced to aid an abortion against her will.  Now Cenzon-DeCarlo is speaking out, describing the terror she felt as she was asked to sacrifice her religious convictions for the sake of her job.

Upcoming movie to portray heroic nun who rescued kidnapped students from Lord’s Resistance Army

Jul 28, 2009 - 03:57 am .- An upcoming movie will portray the real life story of Ugandan schoolgirls kidnapped from their Catholic school in 1996 by the notoriously cruel Lord’s Resistance Army and the largely successful rescue attempt of their teacher, a heroic religious sister.

Cardinal Rouco says proposed abortion law is unconstitutional

Jul 28, 2009 - 03:16 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said last Friday that the proposed new law on abortion and reproductive health being debated in the country “is unconstitutional.”

Shanghai officials relax one-child rules in hopes of relieving population aging

Jul 28, 2009 - 12:27 am .- In a sign that the Chinese government may be taking a step towards ending its oppressive one-child policy, authorities in Shanghai encouraging thousands of couples to have a second baby to offset the graying of the Chinese population.

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