Aug 27, 2009 - 11:18 pm .- The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, told priests this week, “God calls us to be the first on the path to holiness,” an attitude that was “essential” to Father Alberto Hurtado, the 20th century Jesuit priest from Chile who was raised to the altars by Pope John Paul II.
Aug 27, 2009 - 09:51 pm .- The president of the Portuguese Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Jorge Ferreira da Costa Ortiga, said this week, “Civil unions can be legalized it that’s what is wanted, but they cannot be made equivalent to marriage. This problem must be dealt with more slowly and with the involvement of society,” he said.
Aug 27, 2009 - 08:24 pm .- Louis Sako, Chaldean Archbishop of Kirkuk, has said that Iraqi Christians are facing “bad days” as “ineffective” security cannot prevent criminality and violence targeting Christian minorities. Many of the Christians who remain are in such fear that they too want to leave Iraq, he said.
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, called on the faithful of Venezuela to pray for the release of all people who have been kidnapped, especially German Garcia Mendoza, “who is from a family that is very supportive of the Church in Caracas.”
Aug 27, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- The team of priests that assists at the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires’s Emergency Shelters has expressed its concern over a ruling yesterday by the country’s Supreme Court. The court acquitted five people of illegal marijuana use, saying that private use of the drug is protected by the Argentinean Constitution.
Aug 27, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- The secretary general of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, said a meeting is being planned between the episcopates of Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia in order to find solutions to the tensions that exists between the three countries.
Aug 27, 2009 - 12:52 pm .- Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. The senator, who died on Tuesday after a battle with brain cancer, had sought solace at the church during his illness and the illnesses of other family members.
Aug 27, 2009 - 12:03 pm .- This morning Dr. Miguel Diaz arrived in Rome with his family to begin serving in his new position as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See. Ambassador-designate Diaz said that he and his family are looking forward to the coming weeks and that he hopes to "deepen and expand upon the special relationship" between the U.S. and the Vatican.
Aug 27, 2009 - 07:07 am .- Though the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor are celebrating the completion of the construction of their Motherhouse, they are already near capacity, with 17 new sisters entering at the end of this week. The community has grown from four sisters to 99 in less than 13 years and shows no signs of slowing down.
Aug 27, 2009 - 04:45 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court has denied an appeal by the Diocese of Bridgeport to keep the personnel files of some of its employees sealed off from several major newspapers investigating the diocese’s handling of sexual abuse accusations. The diocese contends that the papers already had access to the files and that re-opening them would reveal private information not related to the abuse cases.
Aug 27, 2009 - 02:41 am .- The Archdiocese of San Francisco is hosting a Gabriel Project conference to train Catholics from across northern California how to support pregnant women in distress. San Francisco’s archbishop has encouraged all pastors and parochial vicars to consider promoting the effort in their parish.
Aug 27, 2009 - 01:27 am .- Philip Naameh, the Archbishop of Tamale, Ghana has asked Christians to help bring “the virtues of Christ” into the administration of the country and to fight the legalization of abortion there.
Aug 27, 2009 - 12:13 am .- At the conclusion of their General Chapter in Rome this week, the Claretian Missionaries re-elected Father Jose Maria Abella as their superior general. He will serve another term until 2015.