Archive of June 24, 2010

Chicago auxiliary installed as bishop of Springfield

Jun 24, 2010 - 10:01 pm .- In a two-hour Mass Tuesday morning, Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki was installed as the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois.

Middle Eastern aid agencies have 'great' expectations for upcoming synod

Jun 24, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- Representatives from Vatican delegations and aid agencies working in the Middle East wrapped up the working sessions of the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO in its Italian abbreviation) on Thursday. According to the organizing Vatican congregation, expectations are "great" among the participants for October's Special Assembly for the Middle East.

Archbishop Chaput: Liturgical renewal should create martyrs’ love for the Mass

Jun 24, 2010 - 06:58 pm .- Christian witness is intended to prepare for and to live the “cosmic liturgy” in which all mankind adores God, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput declared in a lecture on Thursday evening. Noting the cultural obstacles to liturgical understanding, he said the renewed liturgy should create Christians who would die rather than not celebrate Mass.

'Secularism does not mean banning religious symbols,' asserts Italian cardinal

Jun 24, 2010 - 06:00 pm .- Amidst the expectation of a new ruling from the EU Court in Strasbourg, the Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, remarked that “secularism does not mean banning religious symbols,” such as the crucifix, “from public places."

Mass, procession planned at Vatican for First Martyrs of Rome

Jun 24, 2010 - 05:22 pm .- The annual celebration of the feast of the First Martyrs, or "Promartyrs," of the Church of Rome will be observed in a special way in the Vatican next week. The ceremony for the feast day will be carried out on the very ground where the martyrs, lost their lives at the bidding of Emperor Nero in the year 64 A.D.

Cardinal George promoting stronger relations between US, Cuba

Jun 24, 2010 - 04:03 pm .- Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, began a two-day visit to Cuba this week at the invitation of Archbishop Dionisio Garcia, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba.

Pro-family group criticizes new abortion law in Spain

Jun 24, 2010 - 02:10 pm .- The Forum on the Family in Spain said this week that the country’s new law on abortion, which is set to take effect on July 5, is “an ideological project of the government that was introduced behind the back of even its own party.”

US bishops back Olmsted in Arizona abortion drama

Jun 24, 2010 - 01:25 pm .- After Bishop Thomas Olmsted publicly condemned an abortion authorized by Sr. Margaret McBride in a Catholic hospital in Arizona, and after much public outcry, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Doctrine has released a statement supporting the Phoenix bishop's decision. 

Police search Belgian archbishop's home in sex abuse investigation

Jun 24, 2010 - 12:26 pm .- On Thursday, Belgian police searched the homes of Archbishop André-Mutien Léonard of Mechelen-Brussels and retired Archbishop Godfried Danneels following recent allegations of sex abuse by clergy members in the country.

Bishops urge Mexicans to cast votes responsibly

Jun 24, 2010 - 12:05 pm .- The bishops of Chihuahua urged the faithful this week to actively participate in the July 4 elections by casting their votes responsibly and freely. They also warned citizens to not be subjected to coercion or voter manipulation.

Charity best apologist for Catholic faith, says Pope as he blesses statue of Mary

Jun 24, 2010 - 11:17 am .- The Holy Father left the Apostolic Palace on Thursday morning to bless a statue of Mary perched on a hill just a short distance north of the Vatican. While blessing the statue and venerating Mary, he commented on the importance of charity as the "best apologist for the Catholic faith" and as a tangible expression of God’s love.

Cloistered religious serve as Church's heart, Pope says

Jun 24, 2010 - 10:34 am .- Speaking to a group of cloistered Dominican nuns after having blessed the restored statue of Mary in Rome’s Monte Mario quarter, Pope Benedict referred to them as the heart of the Church which provides blood to the rest of the body. In their work and prayer, together with Christ, he said, they are the "heart" of the Church and in their desire for God's love they approach the ultimate goal.

Aid to the Church in Need to publish Child’s Bible in eight more African languages

Jun 24, 2010 - 06:29 am .- A new grant from Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) will help publish its Child’s Bible in eight more languages for the children of Africa.

Obama administration makes blitz of statements to advance LGBT ‘agenda’

Jun 24, 2010 - 03:07 am .- President Obama and leaders in his administration have made many statements to mark “LGBT Pride Month,” calling for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act and the passage of anti-discrimination laws to advance the LGBT “agenda” in the U.S. and overseas. They characterized opponents as foes of progress.

Judge Bork warns against Elena Kagan's activist comments

Jun 24, 2010 - 12:29 am .- Judge Robert Bork spoke out today to oppose the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. Bork, the former Supreme Court nominee and Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, spoke about Kagan's appointment in a conference call today sponsored by pro-life group Americans United for Life (AUL).

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