Archive of July 22, 2010

Bishops of Chile ask president for pardon of prisoners

Jul 22, 2010 - 09:58 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Chile has sent a request to the country’s president asking for the pardon of some prisoners as Chile celebrates the bicentennial of its independence.

Abuse scandal rooted in homosexuality, not pedophilia, says Catholic League president

Jul 22, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, spoke out in an article on the Washington Post's website on Thursday, defending his assertion that the widespread perception of a “pedophilia crisis in the Catholic Church” is not supported by data and research. The more significant problem, Donohue argued, is the incidence of homosexuality among priests.

More than 110,000 divorces take place each year in Spain, institute reports

Jul 22, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy issued a report this week showing that Spain has the highest rate of divorce in Europe, with more than 110,000 cases taking place each year.

Mass, pilgrimage to mark 100-year anniversary of Padre Pio's ordination

Jul 22, 2010 - 03:09 pm .- A Eucharistic celebration marking the 100th anniversary of St. Pio of Pietrelcina's ordination will take place in Benevento, Italy next month. A pilgrimage from the saint's birthplace will precede the solemn celebration of the Mass.

Spanish judge fined for refusing to allow adoption by lesbian couple

Jul 22, 2010 - 02:03 pm .- Next month, former Judge Fernando Ferrin Calamita will be forced to pay the Spanish government $127,000 for denying a lesbian couple’s request to adopt a girl.

Papal donations bring hope to needy worldwide

Jul 22, 2010 - 01:10 pm .- The Pope's $250,000 donation for the reconstruction of a Haitian school is to be delivered today. The large monetary gift constitutes just a small part of the aid the Holy Father distributes every year to those in need.

Bicentennial gives Colombia opportunity to renew Christian values, says archbishop

Jul 22, 2010 - 12:08 pm .- Coadjutor Archbishop Gonzalo Restrepo of Manizales, Colombia remarked this week that the ongoing celebration of the country’s bicentennial this month is an important time for the reflection of Colombia's values and also the renewal of the citizen’s faith.

Pro-life Freedom Rides expect pro-abortion picketing

Jul 22, 2010 - 06:48 am .- Supporters of legalized abortion have declared their intention to protest this week's Pro-Life Freedom Rides, according to Fr. Frank Pavone of the anti-abortion group Priests for Life.

Religious sister who ran bank for India’s poor dies at 86

Jul 22, 2010 - 05:31 am .- Sr. Nancy Pereira, foundress of a Fund for the Poor bank to help impoverished clients in Bangalore, India, died on July 14 at the age of 86. Her fellow sisters remembered her for her service to the poor with “joy” and “creative solidarity.”

Benedict XVI among the top ten oldest Popes since 1400

Jul 22, 2010 - 05:27 am .- Benedict XVI is now the seventh oldest Pope since reliable records began being collected in the year 1400, according to a U.S. statistician. In the words of Pope Benedict himself, however, age is not as important as wisdom.

New Courage apostolate in Oakland a sign of change, newspaper says

Jul 22, 2010 - 03:06 am .- A new chapter of the Courage apostolate has opened in Oakland to minister to Catholics and others who have same-sex attractions. A California Catholic paper said the event showed a “landmark shift” away from other regional groups’ dissent from Catholic teaching on chastity and homosexuality.

Another Argentinean official refuses to ‘marry’ same-sex couples

Jul 22, 2010 - 01:04 am .- Alberto Arias, the head of the Civil Registry in Argentinean city of Concordia, stated this week that he will not “marry” same-sex couples and plans to exercise conscientious objection. Though the law legalizing gay “marriage” does not allow objection, the official argued that it is part of the country’s legal order.

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