Archive of October 14, 2009

Largest gathering ever in Spain to celebrate feast of Our Lady of the Pillar

Oct 14, 2009 - 10:08 pm .- Officials in the Spanish town of Zaragoza confirmed this week that Monday’s celebration of the feast of Our Lady of the Pillar was the largest in history, with some 450,000 faithful passing before the venerated statue that represents the country’s most popular Marian devotion.

Christianity is not an ideology but an event that transforms lives, says Brazilian bishop

Oct 14, 2009 - 07:01 pm .- Bishop Filippo Santoro of Petropolis, Brazil said this week Christianity “is not an ideology” but an “event that affects one’s life and fully transforms it.”

As Senate health care bill moves, U.S. bishops' officials see flaws going unfixed

Oct 14, 2009 - 05:38 pm .- Responding to the Senate Finance Committee’s passage of a proposed health care reform bill, officials with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops say the bishops will have no choice but to oppose the bill. They cite the legislation’s shortfalls in health coverage and its lack of prohibitions on abortion funding.

Spanish corporal killed in Afghanistan asked for Baptism before death

Oct 14, 2009 - 04:35 pm .- Corporal Cristo Ancor Cabello Santana, the latest Spanish soldier to die in Afghanistan, fulfilled his wish to be baptized before dying. Cabello had asked the chaplain at the Herat Base to baptize him and was planning on receiving the sacrament last weekend before being wounded in a Taliban attack.

Archbishop: Guam Legislature will lose moral authority if same-sex union bill passes

Oct 14, 2009 - 02:39 pm .- Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron, OFM Cap., issued a pastoral letter on Oct. 14 stating that the Guam Legislature “will forfeit its moral authority to continue to govern this island” if it passes a bill providing homosexual unions with the same benefits as married couples.

Growth in world population does not lead to more hunger, says FAO director

Oct 14, 2009 - 01:29 pm .- During his remarks at the Synod of Bishops of Africa taking place at the Vatican, the Director of the United Nations Organization for Food and Agriculture (FAO), Jacques Diouf, rejected the myth that the increase in hunger is directly related to the increase in world population.

Catholics United praises Sen. Snowe vote while U.S. bishops express concern

Oct 14, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United, a non-profit organization that has consistently supported President Obama's policies, released a statement yesterday thanking Senator Olympia Snowe for being the only Republican to vote in favor of the Finance Committee health care bill. However, the U.S. Catholic bishops remain far from comfortable with the legislation.

Pope holds up 12th century monk as model for Christians in a frenetic world

Oct 14, 2009 - 10:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI focused his Wednesday general audience address on the twelfth-century Abbot of Cluny Peter the Venerable. Peter the Venerable, he explained to the 20,000 pilgrims, “constituted the ideal of a monk, but also of every Christian who wants to become a true disciple of Christ” in today's fast-paced world.

Relics of St. Damien making short U.S. tour on way back to Hawaii

Oct 14, 2009 - 05:44 am .- Relics of the newly canonized St. Damien de Veuster, the Leper Priest of Molokai, will be presented for veneration by the faithful in Detroit, San Francisco and near Oakland, California as the Bishop of Honolulu carries them back to Hawaii.

Bishop of Charleston to bless new church bells for cathedral

Oct 14, 2009 - 03:34 am .- Three new bells intended for the bell tower of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina will be blessed by Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone on Thursday.

Bishops write to National Security Advisor about ‘critical juncture’ in Afghanistan

Oct 14, 2009 - 01:17 am .- Noting the “critical juncture” of the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan, Bishop of Albany Howard J. Hubbard has written to the United States government’s National Security Advisor about the necessity of just restraint in warfare, the need to address the “root causes” of terrorism, and Catholic Relief Services’ experience in the region.

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