Archive of August 11, 2009

Cardinal Pell celebrates Mass for Life for pregnant women

Aug 11, 2009 - 10:07 pm .- Cardinal George Pell of Sydney celebrated the Mass for Life this past Sunday at the Basilica of St. Mary, in honor of all women who are expecting.

Survey finds younger, more faithful trend in new religious vocations

Aug 11, 2009 - 09:43 pm .- A new survey of those in U.S. religious communities finds that most vowed religious are aging. However, most postulants in training are under 30 and tend to favor larger communities that are faithful to the Church’s teachings.

Death penalty not the answer to heinous crimes, says Chilean bishop

Aug 11, 2009 - 07:51 pm .- Bishop Gonzalo Duarte Garcia of Valparaiso expressed his sorrow this week over the killing of five year-old Francisca Silva but warned that the death penalty many people are calling for is not an answer to the horror of such a crime.  Instead, he called for reflection on the kind of society that is being formed in the country.

‘Distinctively Catholic’ Eunice Kennedy Shriver mourned

Aug 11, 2009 - 06:05 pm .- Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy, died today at the age of 88. The Knights of Columbus praised her as the founder of the Special Olympics, while pro-life leaders remembered her stand as a prominent Democrat who objected to the party’s increasing support for abortion.

Denver archbishop: ‘Common ground’ claim will be tested by details of health care reform

Aug 11, 2009 - 06:00 pm .- Whether or not the White House and Congress are really seeking to find common ground on health care reform legislation will be discovered in the details of the plan put forth, Archbishop Charles Chaput said today, warning against any attempts to place an abortion mandate in the reform bills.

Bolivian president snubs Catholic celebration of country’s independence

Aug 11, 2009 - 04:34 pm .- During the celebration of Bolivia’s independence day on August 6, President Evo Morales snubbed the Catholic Church by skipping the traditional “Te Deum” prayer and spending the afternoon with various evangelical groups.

Cardinal Urosa accuses Chavez of seeking to remove God from the classroom

Aug 11, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, told reporters this week that the Venezuelan government suffers from “a completely negative attitude in its desire to remove religion and God from the classroom.”

Obama wants abortion coverage in reform bill, Catholic League charges

Aug 11, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- Health care reform is hitting a wall, claims Catholic League president Bill Donohue, and if you want to know why, the answer is opposition to coverage for abortion.

Meet ‘Brother Martino,’ the oldest pharmacist serving the Pope

Aug 11, 2009 - 10:36 am .- He is 76 years old and has spent 33 years serving at the Vatican, 21 of which he has spent in the ambulance that follows Popes around. Brother Martin Mendez, known affectionately as “Br. Martino,” is a member of the Order of St. John of God and works at the Vatican Pharmacy. He has served Popes Paul VI, John Paul II and now Benedict XVI. 

New chapel dedicated at site of ‘martyred’ catechists and children

Aug 11, 2009 - 06:03 am .- A new chapel has opened at the site of a 1992 massacre of catechists and their families during the Mozambique civil war. The church of St. Mary Magdalen was recently consecrated in a ceremony accompanied by dancing, singing and drums.

God intervened through Our Lady of Guadalupe to evangelize the Americas, explains Guadalupe expert

Aug 11, 2009 - 05:03 am .- This past week, Msgr. Eduardo Chávez Sánchez told an audience gathered at the Marian Congress, that the apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe was a “salvation event” specifically directed to evangelize of all of the Americas.

Catholic college’s ‘no contraceptives’ healthcare policy is discriminatory, EEOC charges

Aug 11, 2009 - 03:09 am .- Revisiting a case that had been thought closed, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has ruled that Belmont Abbey College’s decision to remove contraception from its faculty health care policy, in accordance with Catholic teaching, discriminated against women.

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