Archive of June 20, 2010

US bishops encourage diocesan relief effort for gulf oil spill victims

Jun 20, 2010 - 04:59 pm .- In response to the recent catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has ravaged wildlife and decimated seafaring jobs for many in the area, the U.S. bishops have started diocesan wide network relief efforts and encouraged Catholics to respond.

Indiana student commits names of popes to memory

Jun 20, 2010 - 01:15 pm .- Eleven-year-old John Paul Fitzmaurice has completed a project so difficult that few lay men and women even attempt it. The Granger boy has committed the names of all 265 popes to memory. From St. Peter to Benedict XVI he can recite them, in order of their ascension to the apostolate of Peter.

Priests are a sign of God's love for all mankind, Pope Benedict declares

Jun 20, 2010 - 11:49 am .- After celebrating the Mass of ordination for 14 deacons of the diocese of Rome in St. Peter’s Basilica this morning, Pope Benedict prayed the Sunday Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Before the prayer, he explained that priests are a sign of God’s love for all mankind.

Marquette controversy reveals conflict between status and Catholic identity, writer says

Jun 20, 2010 - 08:02 am .- The controversy over Marquette University’s offer and subsequent withdrawal of a deanship to a homosexual university professor helps show the present conflict in Catholic academia between status and Catholic identity, one writer on Catholic higher education says.

Universal Church to honor life and witness of St. Thomas More

Jun 20, 2010 - 05:08 am .- This Tuesday marks the feast day of St. Thomas More – husband, father, lawyer, politician and the first  layman to serve as Lord Chancellor of England. St. Thomas is best known for being a devout and faithful Catholic whose staunch defense of the rights of conscience and unshakeable fidelity to the Church’s teachings - most notably the indissolubility of marriage and the supremacy of the pope – cost him his life.

Andrea Bocelli clarifies that his message is pro-life, not merely anti-abortion

Jun 20, 2010 - 12:01 am .- Following the popular video in which he recounts how his mother ignored the advice of doctors to have an abortion, tenor Andrea Bocelli said he does not want his testimony to be considered as merely anti-abortion, but also in support of life.

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