Archive of October 4, 2009

Judge in New Hampshire upholds ‘under God’ phrase in Pledge of Allegiance

Oct 4, 2009 - 06:09 pm .- A federal judge in New Hampshire has thrown out an atheist activist’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance in Hanover, New Hampshire public schools. He reasoned that the Pledge is voluntary and is not a prayer.

Holy Spirit will set agenda for Africa Synod, Pope teaches

Oct 4, 2009 - 12:41 pm .- As the Pope prepared to pray the Angelus today, he followed up his earlier remarks calling for a new evangelization of Africa and a revolution of holiness in its families. The Holy Spirit, he reminded the faithful, is the one who guides the Church and will inspire the Synod for Africa.

Pope Benedict calls for revolution of holiness in Africa

Oct 4, 2009 - 12:31 pm .- In St. Peter’s Basilica, during Sunday’s Opening Mass for the Synod of African Bishops, Pope Benedict XVI preached holiness as a means to societal reconciliation and peace. The Holy Father also called for a new evangelization of Africa, highlighting the primacy of God, marriage and protecting children from violence as the areas most in need of the Gospel.

Catholics recall and honor life of St. Francis of Assisi

Oct 4, 2009 - 05:07 am .- St. Francis of Assisi, "the little beggar," whose feast is celebrated on October 4, is perhaps the most popular saint in history.  Born to noble parents in Umbria, Italy in 1182, Francis grew up in relative luxury and was an avid pleasure seeker leading a frivolous life. Despite his high living, however, he was always generous with the poor.

Synod launches with focus on issues facing Church in Africa

Oct 4, 2009 - 04:01 am .- Over two hundred bishops and dozens of experts and observers are gathering in Vatican City today for the Second Special Assembly for Africa, where they will discuss the continent’s evangelization as well as food security and the situation in Darfur.

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