Archive of October 1, 2009

Church in Brazil celebrates national week for life and day of the unborn

Oct 1, 2009 - 10:24 pm .- The National Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil has announced that the Church will celebrate the National Week for Life from October 1-7 to promote the defense of all human life from conception to natural death.  At the conclusion of the week, on October 8, the Day of the Unborn will be celebrated.

Extreme poverty is also a violation of human rights, says Argentinean cardinal

Oct 1, 2009 - 09:01 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has called for an ethical response to solve the problem of social debt, saying that, not only do terrorism, repression and murder violate human rights, but also extreme poverty and the “unjust economic structures that give rise to great inequalities.”

At least 23 killed after church collapses in Nepal

Oct 1, 2009 - 06:10 pm .- At least 23 people were killed in the eastern Nepal when the three-story bamboo structure in which they were sleeping collapsed.  The building was sometimes used as a church, and police said several children were among the victims.

Caritas of Samoa reaching out to victims of tsunami

Oct 1, 2009 - 04:27 pm .- Caritas of Samoa has launched an intense relief effort to help those affected by the tsunami that hit the region on Tuesday and left more than 100 dead.

Pew poll finds abortion support at new low, especially among certain Catholics

Oct 1, 2009 - 04:17 pm .- Americans’ support for abortion has reached a new historic low, especially among Catholics, according to the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press.

Missionaries of Charity superior reaffirms commitment to Asian poor

Oct 1, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- The superior of the Missionaries of Charity, Sister Mary Prema, reaffirmed the order’s commitment of service “to the poorest of the poor” in the Asia, during a recent visit to Hong Kong.

Canadian bishop arrested on charges of possessing child pornography

Oct 1, 2009 - 01:48 pm .- Bishop Raymond Lahey of the Diocese of Antigonish, Nova Scotia resigned and turned himself into police after being charged with possessing and importing child pornography. The accusations have particular significance because of his role in addressing sexual abuse accusations against his diocese’s priests.

'Little way' of St. Therese gives meaning to all of life, Pope states

Oct 1, 2009 - 01:07 pm .- As the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux today, Pope Benedict XVI offered his reflections on what her life can teach the faithful. The French saint's “little way,” he said, is the “humble path of love, capable of enveloping and giving meaning and value to all human affairs."

Pope raises Muslim attacks on Christians with Pakistan president

Oct 1, 2009 - 11:35 am .- Just shortly after attacks by Muslim extremists in the province of Punjab, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari met today with Pope Benedict XVI at the papal residence in Castel Gandalfo. The two leaders discussed the situation and ways to “overcome all forms of discrimination based on religious affiliation.”

Fr. Damian and four others to be canonized Oct. 11

Oct 1, 2009 - 10:54 am .- In less than two weeks, Pope Benedict will canonize five blesseds, including Fr. Damien de Veuster, a well-known Belgian missionary priest who cared for lepers in Hawaii.

New movie about Our Lady of Fatima to be screened in major U.S. cities

Oct 1, 2009 - 06:39 am .- A new film about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the memoirs of visionary Sister Lucia and the accounts of thousands of eyewitnesses, will be holding pre-release screenings in at least seven major U.S. cities.

Actor Eduardo Verástegui visits prisoners to talk about second chances

Oct 1, 2009 - 04:00 am .- Mexican movie star Eduardo Verástegui on Wednesday visited Gatesville Prison in Gatesville, Texas to tell prisoners how acting in the movie Bella inspired him to change his way of life and gave him a second chance.

Senate committee restores $50 million in abstinence ed funding

Oct 1, 2009 - 02:24 am .- The Senate Finance Committee voted to restore $50 million a year in federal funding for abstinence-only education. One abstinence ed supporter said the action was a victory for “the hard work of grassroots” efforts.

Bill Donohue sees double standard in Hollywood treatment of Polanski

Oct 1, 2009 - 12:14 am .- Hollywood celebrities’ sympathetic treatment of convicted statutory rapist Roman Polanski is evidence of a double standard, Catholic League president Bill Donohue has said. He contrasts the reaction to the filmmaker’s arrest with the outrage over clerical sexual abuse.

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