Archive of July 29, 2010

Cardinal says Peru must defend its Catholic identity

Jul 29, 2010 - 09:55 pm .- During a Mass celebrating Peru’s Independence Day, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima said the country’s leaders must promote laws that protect its national identity based on the Catholic faith.

HHS bans coverage of elective abortion in high-risk pools

Jul 29, 2010 - 07:14 pm .- After reports recently surfaced that some of the new federally-funded high risk pool insurance programs in states across the U.S. were covering elective abortion, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a statement today, prohibiting the plans from covering the procedure.

Fired Catholic professor reinstated at University of Illinois

Jul 29, 2010 - 05:27 pm .- A professor who was recently fired for explaining the Catholic teaching on homosexuality will be reinstated, according to the University of Illinois. Dr. Kenneth Howell's position at the school was terminated at the end of the Spring Semester this year after teaching in a class on Catholicism that the Church believes homosexual behavior violates natural law.

Organization offers guidance to Argentinean judges who object to same-sex 'marriage'

Jul 29, 2010 - 04:55 pm .- The pro-life office of the Fundar Movement in Argentina is offering a conscientious objection guide to justices of the peace who are opposed to gay “marriage” and refuse to preside over same-sex “weddings.”

Chilean cathedral reopens five months after earthquake

Jul 29, 2010 - 03:36 pm .- The cathedral in Concepcion, Chile has been reopened to the faithful, five months after a devastating earthquake left it severely damaged. Reconstruction efforts, however, are far from complete and the bishop has called for assistance, especially from the local community.

US Catholic bishops applaud judge’s immigration decision

Jul 29, 2010 - 12:31 pm .- The chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Migration, Bishop John C. Wester joined the Catholic bishops of Arizona in lauding the recent decision of a federal judge to block parts of Arizona’s new law on immigration from going into effect.

Bishop calls on Mexicans to end violence

Jul 29, 2010 - 12:01 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Sanchez Martinez of Durango, Mexico denounced the wave of violence that has overcome the country and urged Mexicans to take responsibility for eradicating the problem.

Pope Benedict to see film reflecting on his pontificate

Jul 29, 2010 - 10:25 am .- A film called "Five Years: Pope Benedict XVI" will be screened at Castel Gandolfo on Thursday evening in the presence of the Holy Father.

Vatican prefect encourages Chinese clergy in commitment to unity

Jul 29, 2010 - 05:18 am .- Catholic clergy of mainland China were encouraged in their work towards communion with Rome and greater unity in their communities this month. In a letter from the head of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, they were urged to "continue without fear on the path of holiness, unity and communion."

Citing new memo, senators urge HHS to restrict abortion funding in high-risk pools

Jul 29, 2010 - 05:16 am .- Responding to a new report that the 2010 health care law lacks restrictions that prohibit states from using federal funding to pay for abortions in the new high risk insurance pools, 13 Republican senators have written to the head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to urge regulatory action.

Anglican cleric apologizes for giving communion to dog

Jul 29, 2010 - 03:27 am .- An Anglican female priest in Canada has apologized for offering communion to a dog after the incident added to further tensions within the Anglican churches.

Boston archdiocese asks for lay participation in Catholics Come Home campaign

Jul 29, 2010 - 12:54 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston is planning a major campaign to urge inactive Catholics to “come home” to their faith. The campaign will use television ads, parish events and personal invitations, making the involvement of priests and parishioners “vital.”

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