Archive of July 31, 2009

Bishop of Mallorca reiterates condemnation of terrorism after latest attack by ETA

Jul 31, 2009 - 08:37 pm .- Bishop Jesus Murgui of Mallorca, Spain has expressed his condolences to the family and friends of two police officers who died after the second car bomb in 24 hours exploded in the city of Calvia on the island of Mallorca. The Basque separatist group ETA has been blamed for the attack.

Mexican bishop announces laicization of priest accused of sexual abuse of minors

Jul 31, 2009 - 06:28 pm .- Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of Tehuacan announced this week the Holy See has approved the removal of “Nicolas Aguilar Rivera from the clerical state,” a priest who has been accused of the sexual abuse of minors in Mexico and the United States.

Michael Phelps turns down chance to meet with Pope Benedict

Jul 31, 2009 - 04:58 pm .- Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps has decided to skip a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI in order to rest for his final individual race in the FINA World Championships.

RU-486 is abortifacient and the Church rejects it, Vatican official says

Jul 31, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, on Friday lamented the decision by Italy’s government to allow the distribution of RU-486, which is a drug that aborts a developing child.  The Church will never accept it, he said.

FRC says Catholics United is ignoring facts of health care bill

Jul 31, 2009 - 01:29 pm .- Catholics United, a group known for backing Democratic initiatives, issued a statement yesterday accusing a television ad campaign launched by the Family Research Council (FRC) of misinforming the U.S. public about the health care reform bill. FRC responded today to the allegations by saying that Catholics United is the one ignoring the facts.

Young Catholic priest murdered in India

Jul 31, 2009 - 11:22 am .- Father James Mukalel, a 39 year-old Catholic priest of the Syro-Malabar Diocese of Belthangady, was killed on Wednesday in the town of Mangalore in the Indian state of Karnataka. The priest’s body was found on a roadside near his moped.

Vatican highlights: Holy Land trip, new saints and Year for Priests

Jul 31, 2009 - 11:06 am .- Continuing its release of highlights from the last few months, the Vatican has published a summary of important events from April to July. Notable events included the Pope's pilgrimage to the Holy Land, the canonization of five new saints, the inauguration of the Year for Priests and a minor operation on the Pope’s fractured wrist.

Refugees and persecuted Christians in Pope's prayers for August

Jul 31, 2009 - 10:41 am .- Today, the Vatican published Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for August.  The Pope will be praying for refugees and for those who are persecuted in Christ’s name.

U.S. Bishops warn against using 'abortion rights' agenda in health care reform

Jul 31, 2009 - 10:34 am .- The U.S. Bishops' Pro-life Committee chairman, Cardinal Justin Rigali, is calling on the members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee to amend the health care reform legislation so that it will not cover abortion and will protect the consciences of medical personnel.

Life of young, vibrant Catholic, inspires many to come back to the Church

Jul 31, 2009 - 05:23 am .- The short life of a devout, Catholic, young girl from Seattle has brought many Catholics across the United States back to the Church.  Her holy and loving example, as well as her battle with cancer, have drawn others to convert to Catholicism and have inspired the creation of an organization to reach out to families with a loved one facing a chronic illness.

Girl fighting for her ‘right to die’ chooses life

Jul 31, 2009 - 03:31 am .- A fourteen year-old British girl who fought last Fall for her ‘right to die,’ has changed her mind and chosen to continue her treatments, including a heart transplant.

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