Archive of July 23, 2010

WYD Madrid volunteers to assist 10,000 attendees with disabilities

Jul 23, 2010 - 09:45 pm .- The Alares Foundation in Spain recently signed an agreement with organizers of World Youth Day Madrid to recruit volunteers to assist the more than 10,000 young people with disabilities expected to attend the event.

British deacon launches website to protect the Pope

Jul 23, 2010 - 08:13 pm .- A new website has been created to defend Pope Benedict XVI from media attacks ahead of his arrival in Great Britain this coming September. The site aims to offer information to provide the Pope with protection using prayer, truth and law.

UNICEF criticized for sponsoring promiscuous children’s television program

Jul 23, 2010 - 05:53 pm .- Salvadoran columnist Julia Regina de Cardenal has denounced UNICEF for sponsoring a television program that promotes unethical behavior and promiscuity to children.

Vatican coin now in circulation

Jul 23, 2010 - 05:02 pm .- Coins bearing the image of Pope Benedict XVI are now in open circulation within Vatican walls. As of this month, Vatican visitors will find that 50 cent pieces are being given as change at places such as the gas station, pharmacy and post office.

Benedict XVI working on third and final volume of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’

Jul 23, 2010 - 02:55 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI's vacation time is now being dedicated to writing the third volume in what could safely be called the "Jesus of Nazareth" series. The new work will seek to shed light on the story of Jesus' childhood from the Gospels.

Vatican decree details powers of Pope's Legion delegate

Jul 23, 2010 - 02:08 pm .- The Legionaries of Christ has made public the decree that describes the powers given to Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, Pope Benedict XVI’s delegate to the religious congregation. The delegate, whose primary task will be to conduct the revision of the order's constitutions, will have full authority over Legion superiors and will coordinate the apostolic visitation of the Regnum Christi Movement.

Venezuelan president aims to shut down Catholic television channel

Jul 23, 2010 - 01:57 pm .- On the heels of an effort to review the country’s accords with the Vatican, President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela has now set his sights on the Catholic channel, Vale TV, which the Archdiocese of Caracas has operated since 1998.

After exposé, Vicariate of Rome asks clergy leading 'double lives' to leave priesthood

Jul 23, 2010 - 12:10 pm .- After an Italian media report exposed sexual activity by gay priests in Rome, the Vicariate of Rome responded quickly by calling on all priests who are leading such "double lives" to come out and leave the priesthood for the good of the Church community.

Vice president of Paraguay voices opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’

Jul 23, 2010 - 12:03 pm .- The vice president of Paraguay, Federico Franco, said this week that if he were president, he would veto any law allowing same-sex “marriage,” because of the harm it would bring children raised in such an environment.

Archbishop Gomez gives moving farewell to priest killed in car accident

Jul 23, 2010 - 09:13 am .- Coadjutor Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles has written a letter bidding farewell to Fr. Ramon Salas Cacho, an exemplary priest who tragically died in a car accident on July 9. In his letter, the archbishop expressed his sympathy and hope in God, praising the courageous testimony of Fr. Salas and the priest's total commitment to his mission.

Pro-family groups seek to join legal defense of National Day of Prayer

Jul 23, 2010 - 06:03 am .- Claiming that the Obama administration is not presenting the strongest possible defense of the National Day of Prayer, several groups have filed requests that they be allowed to join the defense against what they see as an attempt to “scrub” the observance from the public square.

Canonization cause for murdered Oklahoma priest moves to Rome

Jul 23, 2010 - 05:35 am .- The archdiocesan phase of Fr. Stanley Rother's cause for canonization came to a close in a Mass this week at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Oklahoma City. The local archbishop expressed his conviction during the homily that the missionary is both a martyr and a saint.

Caritas leader emphasizes need to assist marginalized AIDS victims

Jul 23, 2010 - 02:59 am .- Giving a talk before the kick-off of an international conference in Austria on the AIDS crisis, Caritas Internationalis Secretary General Lesley-Anne Knight stressed that Catholics need to underpin their efforts in the global fight against AIDS by reaching out with “compassion, communion and conscience.”

Vocations increase in India despite religious persecution, Catholic bishop reports

Jul 23, 2010 - 12:52 am .- Despite increased persecution, vocations to the priesthood in the north region of India are continuing to grow. Bishop Anthony Chirayath of Sagar Diocese in the state of Madhya Pradesh reported that the number of candidates to the priesthood in his diocese has been on the rise for the past decade.

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