Archive of August 17, 2009

Catholic bishops appeal for life of Florida inmate as deadline nears

Aug 17, 2009 - 08:25 pm .- A judge has denied a request to delay the execution of a Florida death row inmate convicted of rape and murder. The convict’s attorney claims his accomplice confessed to the murder instead, while the state’s Catholic bishops have appealed to the governor for a stay of execution.

Pope Benedict’s teachings on the family presented in new volume

Aug 17, 2009 - 06:23 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on the family have been collected in a new volume from the publishing arm of the U.S. bishops. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, who heads up the bishops' effort to promote marriage, praised the volume as a ‘consistent defense’ of family and marriage.

Uruguayan bishop warn against law that would allow homosexual adoption

Aug 17, 2009 - 04:44 pm .- Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay, issued a statement last week warning that a new law intended to allow homosexual couples to adopt children would have serious consequences for society, especially for the young.

Pope appoints new undersecretary, sends important diplomat to Venezuela

Aug 17, 2009 - 02:58 pm .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Ettore Balestrero as the new Undersecretary of the Section for Relations with States, a department within the Vatican Secretariat of State.

Cardinal says Chavez government seeking monopoly on education

Aug 17, 2009 - 02:02 pm .- Cardinal Jose Urosa Savino of Caracas defended the rights of parents to request schools provide religious instruction for their children and warned that the Chavez government is seeking to monopolize both public and private education in the country.

Catholic university in San Diego to open graduate school of Biblical Theology

Aug 17, 2009 - 12:45 pm .- A local Catholic university is responding to one of the Church’s greatest needs by opening a graduate school of biblical theology. The new graduate school at John Paul the Great Catholic University will open in September.

Knoxville bishop suffers mild heart attack

Aug 17, 2009 - 10:42 am .- Catholics in the Diocese of Knoxville, Tennessee are praying for their new bishop after he suffered a mild heart attack while on a trip this past weekend.

Judge in Spain to rule on sex change for minor

Aug 17, 2009 - 09:46 am .- A judge in Barcelona, Spain is set to be the first in the country to decide whether to allow a 16 year-old boy to undergo a sex change operation according to his wishes and with the consent of his parents.

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