Archive of July 16, 2010

Exiled political prisoners call for release of those who wish to remain in Cuba

Jul 16, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- The group of Cuban political prisoners who were released and sent to Spain as a result of the mediation of the Catholic Church called on the Raul Castro regime Thursday to immediately release those dissidents who refuse to be “deported” to Spain and desire to remain in Cuba to defend their ideas.

Scripture is the story of God’s new creation, Archbishop Chaput tells Bible conference

Jul 16, 2010 - 07:21 pm .- Scripture is “the one story that really matters” because it is the story of God’s “new creation,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has said in a lecture on Friday morning. Calling on Christians to live their lives “in Christ,” he said Catholics should allow God’s “new creation” to take root in themselves.

Abortion clinic in Colombia closed for trafficking children

Jul 16, 2010 - 05:47 pm .- A top health official in Colombia said this week that three abortion clinics in the capital city of Bogota have been closed, with the latest case involving the trafficking of children.

After legalization of same-sex 'marriage,' archbishop calls it 'war against God'

Jul 16, 2010 - 05:16 pm .- The Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano (LOR) will publish an article tomorrow in which it asserts that with the approval of homosexual "marriage" by the Argentinean senate, the future of the family in the country is "threatened." The people who suffer most from its passage, said one Argentinean archbishop, are children.

Diocese of Peoria to meet with university officials over fired professor

Jul 16, 2010 - 04:25 pm .- The Diocese of Peoria has scheduled a meeting with officials from the University of Illinois to discuss the termination of adjunct professor Dr. Kenneth Howell. The diocese said it did not respond to the termination sooner because it wanted to first meet with university officials.

European bishops' conferences back modifications to norms on abuse

Jul 16, 2010 - 03:20 pm .- Following Thursday's announcement from the Vatican updating the procedures of investigation and punishment of the most serious sins, including sexual abuse of minors and attempted women's ordination, several European bishops' conferences welcomed the changes.

Venezuelan president slams Pope Benedict XVI

Jul 16, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has once again lashed out at the Catholic Church, this time against Pope Benedict XVI, saying, “He is not an ambassador of Christ.”  “Christ,” he asserted, “is in the people.”

US bishops welcome HHS statement on abortion coverage, express grave concern

Jul 16, 2010 - 01:23 pm .- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the chairman of the U.S. Catholic bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, welcomed a statement from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that declared federal funds will not be used to cover elective abortions in the new high-risk insurance pools that are beginning to be implemented in some states. At the same time, he said that the U.S. bishops were “gravely concerned” that some states had  planned to cover elective abortions with federal money.

Soccer star thanks Our Lady of Mount Carmel for Spain’s World Cup victory

Jul 16, 2010 - 11:59 am .- Spanish soccer star David Silva, who played on the nation's winning World Cup team is spending the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel thanking her for the victory last Sunday in South Africa.

Fr. Lombardi counters study reporting negative effects of Vatican Radio towers

Jul 16, 2010 - 11:20 am .- On Wednesday, Vatican Radio director Fr. Federico Lombardi countered a seemingly incriminating study that reports emission towers from the Holy See's radio station have damaged nearby residents' health. The Vatican spokesman said that a second study addressing the matter will soon be presented to the court.

Pope to donate $250,000 to rebuild Haitian school

Jul 16, 2010 - 10:45 am .- An annual meeting of the Populorum Progressio Foundation dedicated to allotting funds to projects for vulnerable people across Latin America and the Caribbean will take place later this month. During the meeting, a substantial donation will be made in the Pope's name for the rebuilding of a Haitian school damaged in January's earthquake.

Despite previous comments on medical treatment, paralyzed man really wanted to live

Jul 16, 2010 - 06:11 am .- A paralyzed man in England who had once said he would never want to be kept alive were he severely disabled narrowly escaped death when doctors were about to withdraw treatment. Though previously unresponsive and in a “very bleak” condition, he communicated that he wanted to continue to live.

Catholics in India protest government order to expel missionary priest

Jul 16, 2010 - 03:10 am .- An “unexpected” government order to expel a long-serving Catholic missionary priest from India caused dismay and protest among Catholics in the region he has served.

CHA declines comment on potential federal funding of abortion

Jul 16, 2010 - 12:46 am .- Responding to reports that new federal high-risk insurance pool programs are covering abortions, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) said it would not comment on the issue. The organization referred inquiries to the federal government.

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