Archive of September 2, 2009

Former Denver Catholic Charities employee charged with defrauding foundation

Sep 2, 2009 - 11:38 pm .- A former employee of the Archdiocese of Denver has been charged with stealing the identities of nuns  and defrauding a charitable foundation of $391,000. She allegedly provided checks from the fund to friends and relatives.

Fifteenth Mexican state protects unborn by changing its constitution

Sep 2, 2009 - 09:02 pm .- The Queretaro State Congress in Mexico reformed its constitution Tuesday with a 21-0 vote guaranteeing protection for human life from conception to natural death. The decision makes it the fifteenth Mexican state to enact such legislation.

Venezuelan archbishop warns schools will be used to impose Communist ideology

Sep 2, 2009 - 06:16 pm .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, warned this week that under the new law on education passed by the Chavez government, “just as occurs in the Cuban educational system, here schools will be used as instruments for imposing Communist ideology.”

Kansas City bishops bring Catholic social teaching to bear on health care reform

Sep 2, 2009 - 05:35 pm .- The bishops of Kansas City have issued a joint pastoral statement on health care reform which discusses apparent flaws in U.S. health care but also points to how the principles of Catholic social teaching can be brought to bear on the topic.

Pope to screen new miniseries on St. Augustine

Sep 2, 2009 - 04:10 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI will attend a special screening of the new television miniseries, “Augustine, The Decline of the Roman Empire,” based on the life of the doctor of the Church and bishop of Hippo, this afternoon in the Swiss Hall at Castel Gandolfo.

Colombian bishops denounce 8 million dollar women's clinic

Sep 2, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- The twelve bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Medellin and Santa Fe de Antioquia in Colombia issued a statement this week deploring the violence that has claimed the lives of several people in the region and condemning the construction of the “Women’s Clinic” in Medellin, an 8 million dollar project feminists hope will provide abortions to Colombian women.

Chilean bishops call for respectful and transparent campaign season

Sep 2, 2009 - 01:50 pm .- The executive committee of the Bishop’s Conference of Chile, has issued a statement calling on presidential and congressional candidates to carry out a respect and transparent campaign season for the elections this fall.

Benedict XVI holds up St. Odo as example of joy amid a society of vice

Sep 2, 2009 - 11:16 am .- Although society was filled with an “immensity of vices” during his time, St. Odo was able to encourage the faithful to live the faith with joy, Pope Benedict said at the general audience today as he continued his series of teachings on the medieval saints.

Pope says forgiveness needed as World War II anniversary is observed

Sep 2, 2009 - 09:36 am .- Today the Holy Father commemorated the beginning of World War II, which took place in Gdansk, Poland, by emphasizing the tragedy of war and praying for a “spirit of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation” in Europe.

Marriage advocates collect enough signatures for Washington state ballot measure

Sep 2, 2009 - 06:55 am .- Preliminary, unofficial figures from the Washington state Elections Division shows that a sufficient number of signatures have been gathered to place on the ballot Referendum 71, a measure that would preserve the unique place of marriage by rescinding the state legislature’s expansion of homosexual domestic partnership benefits.

Convivio youth congress offers chance to encounter Jesus in Sydney

Sep 2, 2009 - 04:41 am .- The international Catholic youth congress “Convivio” will meet this weekend in Sydney, Australia to help students come together to reflect on contemporary issues, share their experiences and propose explanations and answers to the challenges they face daily.

Walk for Life Central Coast to become California’s newest pro-life event

Sep 2, 2009 - 02:52 am .- Inspired by San Francisco’s West Coast Walk for Life, a new event called Walk for Life Central Coast will take place on Saturday, October 24 in San Luis Obispo, California.

New revision of NIV Bible to be completed in 2010

Sep 2, 2009 - 01:22 am .- The Committee on Bible Translation, the body of biblical scholars responsible for the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, has announced that it will finish its latest revision of the NIV late in 2010 and will publish it the following year.

Illinois pro-life clinic to offer women alternative to Planned Parenthood

Sep 2, 2009 - 01:19 am .- Pro-life advocates in Aurora, Illinois are planning to open a women’s center in a strip mall a block away from a Planned Parenthood clinic to counsel women who have had abortions and to help pregnant women continue their pregnancies and raise their children.

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