Archive of September 4, 2009

Report warns that Education for the Citizenry promotes distorted 'sexuality'

Sep 4, 2009 - 08:25 pm .- The coordinator of  those expressing their conscientious objection to the Spanish government’s school course, Education for the Citizenry, Leonor Tamayo, said this week that the course’s content promotes “a purely hedonistic and irresponsible view of sexual and emotional relations.”

College students bring Gospel to poor regions of Ecuador

Sep 4, 2009 - 06:13 pm .- The University of Loja has launched of this year’s missionary outreach program. Since 2004, the program has given college students a chance to bring the gospel “to the poorest communities of Ecuador.” 

Congress on charity, reconciliation and human dignity draws experts to Peru

Sep 4, 2009 - 05:03 pm .- With an apostolic blessing from Pope Benedict XVI, the International Congress “Charity, Reconciliation and Human Dignity” began in Lima, gathering capital leading experts from the Americas and Europe in the Peruvian capital to reflect on the theme in the light of the encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.”

Medellin City Council unable to convince residents to allow abortion clinic

Sep 4, 2009 - 03:14 pm .- Despite its intense efforts, the Medellin City Council in Colombia has not been able to convince residents to approve the opening of a Women’s Clinic that would offer abortion services.

Five Christians killed in Pakistan

Sep 4, 2009 - 12:14 pm .- Vatican Radio reported Thursday that five Christians were gunned down in the Pakistani city of Quetta on August 28, according to local media reports.

Pope Benedict points to St. Augustine as source of unity with Orthodox

Sep 4, 2009 - 10:08 am .- In a letter he sent Thursday to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity,  Pope Benedict XVI has underscored that the teachings of St. Augustine are a path seeking unity with the Orthodox.

Archdiocese of Sydney to take over Xt3.com social networking site

Sep 4, 2009 - 06:06 am .- Xt3 Media, developer of the Catholic social networking site Xt3.com, has come to an agreement with Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell to have the archdiocese take over the effort.

Catholic newspaper editor who criticized Berlusconi resigns, Cardinal Bagnasco reacts

Sep 4, 2009 - 03:53 am .- An intense row between a leading Italian Catholic newspaper and Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has led to the resignation of the newspaper’s editor over what he called “diabolically engineered” rumors reported by a newspaper owned by the Berlusconi family.

Church missions spread in Nigeria despite extremist Muslim harassment

Sep 4, 2009 - 03:26 am .- Despite extremist Muslim opposition, a leading Catholic charity is helping the Church’s mission to indigenous peoples in northwestern Nigeria. Mission programs include literacy classes, well digging, basic health care and education for tribes in the region.

U.S. bishops’ Labor Day statement reasserts dignity of work amid economic challenges

Sep 4, 2009 - 01:01 am .- Writing in their Labor Day Statement, the U.S. bishops have highlighted the dignity of work and “the contributions and rights” of the American worker, the importance of health care reform, and recent collaboration between the Catholic Church, unions, and health care workers.

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