Archive of October 13, 2009

Defending life and family are among the essential tasks for Europe, conference says

Oct 13, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- At the conclusion of the first Catholic Social Days for Europe, held in Danzika, Poland, participants released a final statement underscoring the need to defend human life and the family, to fight against poverty in solidarity with the rest of the world and to work for building peace and justice in Europe.

Tens of thousands expected to venerate St. Therese relics at Westminster Cathedral

Oct 13, 2009 - 09:19 pm .- As many as 100,000 pilgrims are expected to visit Westminster Cathedral to view and venerate the relics of St. Therese of Lisieux during their month-long tour of England and Wales.

Peruvian cardinal calls for defense of unborn as abortion is discussed

Oct 13, 2009 - 07:28 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, encouraged a greater defense of the right to life amidst threats such as abortion, which he said is not a “Catholic or a non-Catholic issue.” The Peruvian cardinal also denounced the manipulation of statistics in order to promote the practice.

New ad backing same-sex ‘marriage’ in Maine misrepresents Catholicism, group charges

Oct 13, 2009 - 04:22 pm .- A new Maine television ad by opponents of a marriage restoration amendment has been criticized for using a self-identified Catholic mother to promote homosexual “marriage.” Catholicvoteaction.org says the ad is “lying” about the Catholic Church.

Natural family planning fosters conjugal love and defense of women, says expert

Oct 13, 2009 - 03:58 pm .- The expert Italian gynecologist Elena Giachhi said last Friday at the Synod for Africa that natural family planning through the Billings Method “fosters conjugal love, family unity, respect for women and generous openness to welcoming life.”

Unknown assailants fire on Catholic seminary in Tegucigalpa

Oct 13, 2009 - 02:26 pm .- Unknown assailants fired 14 shots at the Seminary of Our Lady of Suyapa in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Sunday. Fortunately, there were no one was reported as injured in the drive-by shooting.

Holy See asks sick to pray for priests, beatification of John Paul II

Oct 13, 2009 - 01:31 pm .- Writing in the context of the Year for Priests, Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, has sent a letter to those who are sick and suffering, asking them to pray for priests and the beatification of Pope John Paul II.

Cardinal George congratulates Obama on winning Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 13, 2009 - 12:39 pm .- Speaking on behalf of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Francis George offered his congratulations to President Obama after he received the Nobel Peace Prize. The Chicago cardinal noted that though more work needs to be done, the U.S. president has already contributed to peace nationally and internationally.

Pope aims to continue Catholic-Jewish dialogue with visit to Rome synagogue

Oct 13, 2009 - 10:23 am .- The Holy See's press office released details this morning of the Pope's previously announced visit to the Synagogue of Rome as well as the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization's offices in Rome.

American married couple appointed consultors for Pontifical Council for the Family

Oct 13, 2009 - 06:17 am .- A married couple recently appointed by Pope Benedict to be consultors for the Pontifical Council for the Family says they will bring their experience in a ministry dedicated to helping troubled spouses reconcile to the job.

Philippines bishop appeals for release of kidnapped elderly Irish missionary

Oct 13, 2009 - 03:14 am .- The Bishop of Pagadian City has said the diocese is “deeply saddened” by the Sunday night abduction of Columban Missionary Fr. Michael Sinnot. He appealed to the priest’s abductors to treat the “man of peace” respectfully and to release him soon.

Catholic pharmacist in Australia criticized for adhering to Catholic teaching

Oct 13, 2009 - 12:56 am .- A Catholic pharmacist in Australia has come under criticism for his decision to stop selling contraceptives and condoms.

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