Archive of July 13, 2010

Mexicans in Yucatan commemorate first anniversary of pro-life legislation

Jul 13, 2010 - 10:15 pm .- Various organizations in the Yucatan Peninsula devoted to pro-life work are celebrating the first anniversary of their state’s reforms that ensured legal protection for the unborn and that made it one of 17 Mexican states to enact such legislation.

Court rejection of DOMA 'dangerous and disappointing,' US bishops say

Jul 13, 2010 - 07:32 pm .- After a federal judge in Massachusetts rejected a congressional act that recognized marriage as being between one man and one woman, the U.S. bishops' chairman for the Defense of Marriage responded by emphasizing that the state does not have the authority to redefine the vital institution, since marriage existed before the state.

New federal health care fund subsidizes abortion, critics claim

Jul 13, 2010 - 06:28 pm .- Critics condemned the Obama administration's approval of a federally funded $160 million high-risk insurance coverage initiative in Pennsylvania that was created as a part of the recent health care overhaul. The federal fund is being accused of allowing abortions to be paid for if they are deemed necessary by a physician.

Argentinean bishop calls proposal for homosexual 'marriage' absurd

Jul 13, 2010 - 06:11 pm .- Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina said a proposed law to allow same-sex “marriage” in Argentina “defies both faith and reason.” He also stated that the bill constitutes “a rejection of God and is absurd.”

500 year-old monstrance to be used at 2011 World Youth Day

Jul 13, 2010 - 03:07 pm .- Pilgrims attending World Youth Day in Madrid next year will see a monstrance from the 15th century that is known as “the finest example of Spanish silverwork of all time.” The Monstrance of Arfe will used during a time of Eucharist adoration led by Pope Benedict XVI at the international youth gathering.

Spanish archbishop calls for civil disobedience of new abortion law

Jul 13, 2010 - 01:11 pm .- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos warned this week there is no right to kill an innocent human being and therefore no obligation to obey to the new law on abortion. Rather, “direct opposition without distinction” must be mounted, he said.

Holy Father chooses religious freedom as theme for 2011 World Day of Peace

Jul 13, 2010 - 10:53 am .- On Tuesday, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict decided the theme for the 2011 World Day of Peace celebration will be “Religious freedom, the path to peace.”

Brooklyn diocese opens sainthood cause for priest who fought bigotry

Jul 13, 2010 - 06:14 am .- The Diocese of Brooklyn has officially opened the Cause of Canonization for Msgr. Bernard J. Quinn, a 20th century priest known for fighting bigotry and reaching out to the community's African American population.

Cardinal Rigali to address conference on pastoral response to addiction

Jul 13, 2010 - 04:09 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali will deliver the opening address of a Conference on Addictions which will consider the pastoral concerns regarding addiction. The cardinal warns that people of all backgrounds and ages can be affected by addiction, noting that the inviolable dignity of the person is especially relevant in this area.

Pro-life rally in Belfast draws crowd of 4,000

Jul 13, 2010 - 03:03 am .- A rally in northern Ireland sponsored by several pro-life organizations drew a crowd of close to 4,000 on July 4.

Church missions institute proposes possibility of WYD in Africa

Jul 13, 2010 - 12:54 am .- Following the success of the first World Cup in Africa, an internationally-active Catholic missions organization is imagining the possibility of the continent breaking new ground by hosting some major Catholic events.

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