Archive of September 25, 2009

Church insists on solidarity with immigrants and refugees, says Vatican official

Sep 25, 2009 - 07:48 pm .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, Archbishop Antonio Maria Veglia, said this week that while the Church has no hand in the formulation of government immigration policies, she can insist on "solidarity for those living in vulnerable situations, such as refugees and immigrants.”

Love for Pope remains intact, says Czech cardinal on eve of Benedict XVI’s visit

Sep 25, 2009 - 05:12 pm .- On  the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the Czech Republic this weekend, the Archbishop of Prague, Cardinal Miloslav Vlk, said Catholics there have been preparing for the important event in faith, hope and love and that day by day the expectations for the visit have been growing.

Benedict XVI one of the smartest Popes in history, former Vatican spokesman says

Sep 25, 2009 - 03:28 pm .- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, who was the Vatican's official spokesman for 22 years, said in an interview that the Church currently has one of the brightest popes in history, and that one of the most unique aspects of Benedict XVI is his confidence in the rationality of individuals.

Bishops lament attack on Pope by Spanish parliament

Sep 25, 2009 - 02:01 pm .- In a statement issued Thursday, the Executive Committee of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference lamented a Congressional committee’s decision to debate and put to vote a censure of Pope Benedict XVI for his statements against AIDS during his trip to Africa.

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal in 2010

Sep 25, 2009 - 09:53 am .- The Press Office of the Holy See announced Thursday that Pope Benedict XVI will make a pastoral trip to Portugal in 2010, in response to the invitation of the Episcopal Conference, including a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima her feast day, May 13.

New York physician named Catholic Doctor of 2009

Sep 25, 2009 - 07:24 am .- The Mission Doctors Association will recognize a New York physician as the Catholic Doctor of 2009 for his significant volunteer work.

Papacy is unique in global influence, Vatican analyst says ahead of Czech trip

Sep 25, 2009 - 05:39 am .- Just days ahead of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the Czech Republic, Vatican analyst John Allen is saying in an essay for the Prague Post that the papacy’s social and political influence is one of the most unique and far-reaching in the world today. From the fall of communism to Western-Muslim relations to the AIDS crisis, he says, the Pope is a key international player.

U.S. Vatican Embassy and Caritas to host conference on children with HIV/AIDS

Sep 25, 2009 - 03:58 am .- The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and Caritas International will host a day-long conference on October 14 concerning the prevention of mother-to-child transmission of HIV/AIDS and the improvement of access to testing and treatment for children living with HIV.

Archbishop warns of ‘great dangers’ in assist suicide proposal

Sep 25, 2009 - 02:50 am .- Commenting on an English proposal that could decriminalize many forms of assisted suicide, the Archbishop of Cardiff has warned that weakening the law carries “great dangers.” The law must remain “clear and evident to all,” he said.

Family institute says more than half of teen pregnancies in Spain end in abortion

Sep 25, 2009 - 12:33 am .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain said this week that more than half of teen pregnancies in the country end in abortion and blamed the current law on abortion and the use of the morning-after pill for the problem.

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