Archive of July 20, 2010

Brazilian bishops point to defense of life, marriage and peace ahead of elections

Jul 20, 2010 - 09:13 pm .- Bishops from the eastern region of Brazil in the state of Rio de Janeiro urged the faithful this week to vote in the October elections for those candidates who defend life from conception to natural death, the family and freedom of education.

Director of hit movie on Spanish priest says film is causing conversions

Jul 20, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- The director of “The Last Summit,” the documentary about the life of the Spanish priest and mountaineer, Fr. Pablo Dominguez, gave an interview to CNA’s sister news agency, ACI Prensa, in which he reflected on the reasons for the success of his movie. He confirmed that negotiations are under way for the film to be screened in Latin America, the Caribbean and the United States.

Cardinal Re exhorts Peruvians to be faithful to Catholic identity and values

Jul 20, 2010 - 05:54 pm .- During the closing Mass of the Jubilee Year for the 400th anniversary of the creation of the Diocese of Arequipa in Peru, Pope Benedict XVI’s special envoy, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, exhorted the more than 40,000 Peruvians in attendance to remain faithful to their “Catholic identity and human and spiritual values that characterize your glorious history.”

Lima cardinal: Let’s not imitate Argentina with homosexual 'marriage'

Jul 20, 2010 - 03:27 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Cipriani Thorne, told Peruvians this week they must not imitate the bad examples of countries like Argentina, whose Senate recently approved so-called homosexual “marriage.” The Peruvian cardinal also called on candidates in the upcoming elections not to use this issue to win votes.

After Chavez's insults, Venezuelan cardinal proposes calm and respectful dialogue

Jul 20, 2010 - 01:18 pm .- After declining an invitation made by Cilia Flores, the leader of Venezuela’s National Assembly, to explain some of his recent statements that were met with insults and attacks from President Hugo Chavez, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, has proposed that calm and respectful talks be held between representatives of the bishops’ conference and lawmakers during the coming days.

US bishops' committee voices support for extension of unemployment benefits

Jul 20, 2010 - 11:12 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is urging the faithful to support a new unemployment extension bill which is set to be voted on this week in the Senate.

Miraculous cancer cure in St. Louis could canonize Marianist founder

Jul 20, 2010 - 05:57 am .- Last Friday an evening prayer service marked the Archdiocese of St. Louis’ official closure of its investigation into an alleged miraculous cure attributed to Bl. William Chaminade, founder of the Marianist order.

Breakup of prayer group outside Supreme Court prompts legal complaint, investigation

Jul 20, 2010 - 02:50 am .- After a group from a Christian school in Arizona was told by a U.S. Supreme Court police officer that they must stop praying outside of the court building because it is against the law, a legal defense fund has sent a letter to Supreme Court officials to protest the action. In response, Court officials reiterated the law but said they would investigate.

Justice of peace refuses to marry homosexuals, 'even if it costs me my job'

Jul 20, 2010 - 12:53 am .- A justice of the peace in the Argentinean city of General Pico said this week she will not marry homosexual couples despite the country’s new law legalizing such unions. 

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