Archive of July 29, 2009

Unknown assailants rob Argentinean bishop and priests

Jul 29, 2009 - 10:11 pm .- Argentinean Bishop Fernando Carlos Maletti and seven other priests who were with him at the diocesan chancery, were robbed by two armed men on July 23.

Nuncio in Mexico says clerical abuse merits ecclesial and civil punishment

Jul 29, 2009 - 08:35 pm .- In a meeting with local reporters, the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Christopher Pierre, said that any case of proven clerical abuse merits severe ecclesial and civil punishment.

Church does not approve of therapeutic abortion, says diocesan official in Nicaragua

Jul 29, 2009 - 07:08 pm .- The Pastoral Vicar of the Archdiocese of Managua, Bishop Miguel Mantica, said last week the Catholic Church does not support or approve of abortion, nor does it approve of so-called “therapeutic” abortion.

Pro-lifers send Congress 100,000 letters urging no abortion funding in health care bill

Jul 29, 2009 - 06:21 pm .- Over 100,000 letters have been sent to Congress from pro-life advocates asking that abortion be excluded from any national health care reform effort.

Argentinean archbishop stresses supernatural dimension of priesthood

Jul 29, 2009 - 05:25 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina encouraged the faithful this week to focus on the supernatural dimension of the priesthood in response to a culture that only sees the priest as “a person devoted in generic terms to the service of others.”

Transsexual attacks priest during Mass in Italy

Jul 29, 2009 - 04:12 pm .- Police in Milan detained a Brazilian transsexual on Sunday after he stripped naked in front of the altar during Mass and began to attack the priest who was presiding over the Mass.

Pope Benedict says his guardian angel allowed accident to teach him humility

Jul 29, 2009 - 01:18 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI said today that his guardian angel did not prevent him from fracturing his wrist earlier this month. He suggested his angel was “certainly following superior orders” in order to use the accident to teach him humility and to provide him with more time for prayer.

Ukranian Catholic Eparch of St. Josaphat retires, Pope names administrator

Jul 29, 2009 - 11:51 am .- Benedict XVI this morning accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Mikhail Moskal, Eparch of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio and appointed an apostolic administrator to lead the eparchy—the Eastern Catholic equivalent of a diocese—until a new eparch is named.

Creation must be protected to achieve peace, Pope will say in message

Jul 29, 2009 - 11:25 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will focus on how cultivating peace is tied to protecting creation for his 43rd World Day of Peace message this coming January. Drawing on his recent social encyclical, the Pope will highlight how this connection is further heightened by the "many problems concerning man's natural environment," such as climate change and the ways biotechnology is used.

Parents worry successful Brooklyn school will lose its Catholic identity

Jul 29, 2009 - 10:54 am .- Fr. Daniel Murphy's decision to replace a Brooklyn school’s long-time principal has infuriated parishioners who not only believe he was unjustly let go, but are also concerned that under new leadership, the school will be converted into a charter school.

Pope ends vacation, travels to Castelgandolfo

Jul 29, 2009 - 10:24 am .- After spending more than two weeks at a chalet in the Italian Alps, Pope Benedict wrapped up his vacation on Wednesday evening.

Wrestling coach charges Muslim principal with anti-Christian bias after losing job

Jul 29, 2009 - 06:09 am .- A federal lawsuit has been filed against a Michigan high school and its Muslim principal, charging that a respected wrestling coach’s contract was not renewed because of anti-Christian bias and his association with another coach who ran a wrestling camp where a young Muslim converted to Christianity.

Responding to Episcopalians, Archbishop of Canterbury proposes ‘two-track’ church

Jul 29, 2009 - 03:21 am .- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, head cleric in the Church of England, has responded to the Episcopal Church’s decision to allow the ordination of homosexual bishops. Saying that a change in Anglican teaching, if necessary, would require broader agreement, he proposed a “two-track” church structure which recognizes “two ways of being Anglican.”

New research backs abortion-breast cancer link

Jul 29, 2009 - 12:14 am .- A Turkish researcher has reported a statistically significant 66 percent increase in breast cancer risk among women who have had an abortion.

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