Archive of July 30, 2009

Spiritual renewal is focus of European conference for families

Jul 30, 2009 - 09:52 pm .- The Sixth European Congress of the Christian Family Movement took place last week at the Archabbey of Pannonhalma in Hungary.  The keynote speaker, Bishop László Bíró, explained to participants that families must rediscover their values in order to pass the faith onto others.

U.S. must quickly move beyond nuclear deterrence, Archbishop O'Brien urges

Jul 30, 2009 - 07:03 pm .- Experts from around the country gathered at the U.S. Strategic Command on Offutt Air Force Base to participate in the first nuclear weapons Deterrence Symposium. Archbishop Edwin O'Brien delivered the keynote address at the summit and said that terrorism shows the U.S. must "move beyond nuclear deterrence as rapidly as possible."

Report shows decrease in abortion providers, calls for procedure to be mainstreamed

Jul 30, 2009 - 04:23 pm .- As Americans continue to shift towards pro-life views, the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) has issued a report analyzing the continuing decline in abortion providers  and calling for abortion to be accepted as a part of mainstream health care.

Leading Italian pro-lifer reiterates commitment to unborn

Jul 30, 2009 - 02:04 pm .- Following concern about some of his comments on abortion, pro-life Italian politician Rocco Buttiglione has clarified his position. Saying his words were taken “out of context,” he endorsed defending the unborn child “with all possible means” and stated he did not want to do anything to split the U.S. pro-life movement.

Pope calls staff at Les Combes his 'invisible and efficient angels'

Jul 30, 2009 - 01:01 pm .- As Pope Benedict XVI departed from his vacation villa in northern Italy, he thanked the staff that attended to him and called them his “invisible and efficient angels.”

Michael Phelps to have audience with Pope Benedict

Jul 30, 2009 - 11:17 am .- Swimming fans around the world recently saw Michael Phelps lose to Paul Biedermann in the 200 meter freestyle only to watch him come back and beat his own world record in the 200 meter butterfly. On Saturday, Phelps will enter into an entirely different arena when he is received in an audience with Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican publishes highlights for January to March 2009

Jul 30, 2009 - 10:08 am .- As it does periodically, the Vatican released a list of highlights and summarizing the past few months. Among the notable events are the World Meeting of Families, the Pope's encouragement of social networking tools, the publication of Benedict  XVI's letter on the lifting of the Pius X Society bishops and his trip to Africa.

Melbourne bishop asks Australian Football League to avoid games on Good Friday

Jul 30, 2009 - 06:05 am .- Bishop Les Tomlinson, auxiliary bishop of Melbourne, has praised the Australian Football League for its tradition of resisting pressures to schedule games on Good Friday. Reacting to proposals to change the custom, he called on the sports organization to continue to preserve “local culture” and to accommodate the spiritual needs of people in Melbourne.

Anglican ordination of women leads to two types of Communion at cathedral

Jul 30, 2009 - 03:17 am .- An Anglican cathedral is trying to accommodate those of its faithful who do not accept female clergy by allowing parishioners to decide whether to accept communion bread blessed by its female canon or by a male priest.

Violence continues as authorities in Vietnamese city seek to create a ‘No Catholic Zone’

Jul 30, 2009 - 01:51 am .- Anti-Catholic violence and police raids at several Catholics’ homes in the Vietnamese coastal city of Dong Hoi have prompted many parishioners to flee for their own safety. Local government officials reportedly wants to create a “No Catholic Zone.”

Material goods cannot be only goal for Christians, says Cardinal Rivera

Jul 30, 2009 - 12:39 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week Christians should not make material goods the “goal or the absolute end of our mission.”

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