Archive of September 3, 2009

Paraguayan bishops recall State has duty to provide security to citizens

Sep 3, 2009 - 11:07 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Paraguay said this week the State has “the duty to protect life and the goods of the person" as the South American country experiences an uptick in violence and criminal activity.

Argentinean archbishop calls for comprehensive policy to fight drugs

Sep 3, 2009 - 06:55 pm .- In response to a ruling by Argentina’s Supreme Court legalizing the possession of drugs for personal use, Archbishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario and the Archdiocesan Commission for Social Ministry have called for a comprehensive policy to fight drug addiction and help addicts.

Proposed Spanish abortion reforms offer least protection for unborn in Europe

Sep 3, 2009 - 04:47 pm .- A study by the Spanish organization Derecho a Vivir (Right to Life) has revealed that the law on abortion proposed by the Zapatero government would make Spain the European country with the least protection for the unborn and pregnant women.

Natural disasters are call to Christian solidarity, says Mexican bishop

Sep 3, 2009 - 02:57 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Oscar Campos of Antequera-Oaxaca said yesterday that natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes or floods are an urgent call to Christian solidarity and test a nation’s character.

Controversy over Kennedy funeral must not divide Church, Cardinal O’Malley says

Sep 3, 2009 - 02:11 pm .- Warning against overzealousness, Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley has responded to the controversy surrounding Sen. Edward Kennedy’s funeral Mass. He said that changing hearts, not ostracism, is vital to the spread of the Catholic faith and the success of the pro-life cause.

Legion of Christ leaders express regret, take steps following Maciel revelations

Sep 3, 2009 - 11:24 am .- In a letter to Regnum Christi members and friends of the Legion of Christ, two territorial directors of the religious organization have expressed regret for the victims of their founder’s sexual misconduct and announced the recent steps taken to move forward.

Pope watches St. Augustine film, says saint's message will endure forever

Sep 3, 2009 - 10:39 am .- On Wednesday afternoon Pope Benedict attended a screening of a film on St. Augustine. Reacting to the movie, the Holy Father noted that at the end of his life, St. Augustine's world seemed to be crumbling around him. But because the saint's message was about the Truth, that is, Jesus, his message will remain until the end of time.

Benedict XVI to visit faithful in Lazio region this weekend

Sep 3, 2009 - 10:22 am .- This coming Sunday Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral visit to the towns of  Viterbo and Bagnoregio, which are under the jurisdiction of the Diocese of Rome. The day-long trip will involve a Mass, the Angelus prayer and a visit with locals.

Archbishop Wuerl backs D.C. initiative to protect definition of marriage

Sep 3, 2009 - 06:15 am .- The Archdiocese of Washington has submitted a letter to the District of Columbia’s Board of Election and Ethics in support of the Marriage Initiative of 2009. The initiative would define marriage as a union of a man and a woman.

New ‘Prayer Book for Spouses’ encourages prayer before marital relations

Sep 3, 2009 - 03:31 am .- A new booklet from the London-based Catholic Truth Society encourages spouses to pray before marital relations. The spouses’ prayer asks God to purify their intentions and to open their hearts to God and to each other.

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