Archive of July 30, 2010

No members of Spanish committee on maternal health are pro-life, organization charges

Jul 30, 2010 - 09:58 pm .- The president of Professionals for Ethics (PPE) in Catalonia, Ramon Novella, denounced the government of the Spanish region because it “wants to give carte blanche to the abortion business and to the contraception sector” through the implementation of a commission on maternal care and reproductive health.

Former Swiss Guard reflects on 15 years of service

Jul 30, 2010 - 08:05 pm .- An interview with former Swiss Guard Joseph Schmidt, was released this week in which he addressed the meaning behind his 15 years of service in the mid-20th century. Schmidt, who also highlighted the history of the office, died the same day the interview aired.

Young missionaries to gather in Ecuador to evangelize and serve

Jul 30, 2010 - 06:01 pm .- The Technological University of Loja in Ecuador announced that the 2010 Idente Mission titled, “Disciples and Missionaries of Christ, Let’s Evangelize Ecuador,” will bring young missionaries from around the country together August 13-21.

Cardinal Newman's official beatification biography set for September release

Jul 30, 2010 - 03:07 pm .- The biography written as part of Cardinal John Henry Newman's cause for canonization will be released at a conference in Birmingham, England this September. The day before the Pope's arrival in the city, several leading biographers will examine the "extraordinary man of God" and his beatification.

Catholic priest found dead in Mexico

Jul 30, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- Local authorities have reported that a priest, Fr. Carlos Salvador Wotto, was found dead at the parish of Our Lady of the Snows in Oaxaca, Mexico. Signs of torture were evident on the priest’s body.

Caritas gives nearly $168,000 to aid projects in Peru

Jul 30, 2010 - 11:58 am .- Caritas Spain recently approved a donation of $167,700 for farming aid in Peru in order to boost child nutrition in the South American country.  The money is part of an aid package totaling $537,384 for projects in countries in Africa, Asia and South America.

Pope praying for unemployed in August

Jul 30, 2010 - 11:31 am .- On Friday, the Vatican released Pope Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for the month of August. In his intentions, the Pontiff is praying that those in serious financial need or require housing will be assisted.

Congressmen to propose government-wide ban on taxpayer-funded abortion

Jul 30, 2010 - 06:03 am .- On Thursday Reps. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) and Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) were scheduled to introduce legislation which would establish a permanent government-wide prohibition on taxpayer funding for abortion. Pro-life leaders praised the comprehensiveness of the proposal.

Benedict XVI reflects on Pope's role in the Church

Jul 30, 2010 - 04:57 am .- Nobody could lead the Church without the assistance of God, said Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday. After seeing a film highlighting important moments in his ministry and the life of the Church from the last five years, the Pope observed that the Church is young and full of variety and that the role of the Successor of Peter is making the unity within it concrete and visible.

Prayer must open heart and mind to God, Cardinal Pell explains

Jul 30, 2010 - 04:02 am .- Prayer is more than talking to God, but more specifically the opening of our heart and mind to God, Cardinal George Pell wrote in a reflection on prayer for his weekly newspaper column.

Catholic League, Ignatius Press file brief in University of California lawsuit on course standards

Jul 30, 2010 - 02:45 am .- Attorneys representing the Catholic League and Ignatius Press have filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit alleging that the California public university system has refused credit for classes that are taught from a religious perspective. The university has defended its standards’ neutrality, contending that the refused courses were sub par.

Conference draws hundreds of Catholic Native Americans for 'evangelization'

Jul 30, 2010 - 12:16 am .- The sound of drums boomed in the background as Sr. Kateri Mitchell spoke to CNA on Wednesday about the opening of the 71st Annual Tekakwitha Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She described the gathering of nearly 800 Native Americans from around the country as an opportunity for “evangelization” among the tribes.

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