Aug 20, 2009 - 11:30 pm .- Concluding years of controversy over whether a Catholic health care group should take control of Denver-area non-Catholic hospitals, the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System (SCLHS) and the Community First Foundation (CFF) have signed a Memorandum of Transfer that gives CFF’s control of health care company Exempla, Inc. to the Sisters of Charity.
Aug 20, 2009 - 10:00 pm .- During the 153rd meeting of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, the bishops’ executive committee, led by Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires, asked the different episcopal committees to work on proposals for protecting the human rights of children.
Aug 20, 2009 - 07:27 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, called on Chileans this week to live out solidarity following the example of St. Alberto Hurtado. “Living out charity and promoting social justice,” he entreated, are “vital and indispensable consequences of following Christ.”
Aug 20, 2009 - 06:02 pm .- Students at Catholic universities, citing religious freedom concerns, have voiced their opposition to a federal ruling that Belmont Abbey College engaged in unlawful discrimination by refusing to fund contraceptives in its health care plan.
Aug 20, 2009 - 05:13 pm .- In an article entitled, “The Secret of Twilight,” the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reviewed the first of the Twilight movies. The film tells the story of a lonely teen who doesn’t fit in and a young vegetarian vampire who has decided to abstain from human blood.
Aug 20, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- Bishop R. Walker Nickless of Sioux City, Iowa recently criticized the health care reform legislation under consideration in a letter to his diocese. He explained to CNA why health care beyond the basics is a "political right" and what the government should consider in any reform effort.
Aug 20, 2009 - 01:55 pm .- Dr. Esteban Rodriguez, spokesman for the organization Right to Life (Derecho a Vivir) in Spain, responded yesterday to comments by the country’s Minister of Justice, Francisco Caamano, who said there was no room for a conscience clause in the new law on abortion.
Aug 20, 2009 - 10:13 am .- Rajiv Janine is an 18 year-old Sri Lankan who was left without his arms after a train accident. On Wednesday he fulfilled his dream of meeting Pope Benedict XVI and receiving his blessing after yesterday's general audience.
Aug 20, 2009 - 06:19 am .- Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, has criticized the U.S. Catholic bishops’ work to exclude abortion coverage from health care legislation. In response, an official with the conference insisted that taking human life is not health care and warned that pro-abortion politics are endangering the entire proposal.
Aug 20, 2009 - 02:33 am .- Sixteen pro-life leaders have made a new YouTube video to express their opposition to taxpayer funded abortion in President Barack Obama’s health care proposal. They said the plan threatens to create the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.
Aug 20, 2009 - 12:28 am .- Bishop of Knoxville Richard F. Stika is in good humor as he recuperates from a mild heart attack in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital.