Archive of August 4, 2010

Archbishop of Toledo walks 13 miles with youth on pilgrimage route

Aug 4, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- This week Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Toledo, Spain accompanied 750 young people on a 13 mile leg of the Way of St. James, the pilgrimage route leading to Santiago de Compostela, where the apostle’s remains are buried.

Pro-family groups decry Prop. 8 ruling allowing same-sex 'marriage'

Aug 4, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- Critics are denouncing Wednesday's ruling by a U.S. district judge who struck down the voter-approved Proposition 8, a measure that defined marriage as between one man and one woman in California. One pro-family group reacted saying the decision's impact could “be devastating to marriage and the democratic process.”

US Catholic bishops say Prop. 8 ruling misuses the law

Aug 4, 2010 - 06:27 pm .- After U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California's Proposition 8 on Wednesday afternoon, Cardinal Francis George, president of the U.S. bishops' conference, and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the chairman of the bishops' Committee for the Defense of Marriage, described the ruling as a "misuse of law."

Catholic Church remembers St. John Vianney, the 'revolutionary of love'

Aug 4, 2010 - 05:56 pm .- The secretary of the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, wrote an article for today’s feast of St. John Marie Vianney, the Cure of Ars. The Vatican prelate highlighted the saint's untiring service to God and neighbor, calling him a true “revolutionary of love.”

Benedict XVI statue planned for famous Spanish pilgrimage route

Aug 4, 2010 - 05:39 pm .- A sculpture of Pope Benedict XVI will be erected in Santiago de Compostela, Spain by the time he visits the city this fall. The work is being promoted as a "public homage" to the Pontiff.

California judge strikes down Prop. 8 citing 'fundamental right to marry'

Aug 4, 2010 - 04:21 pm .- A California federal judge issued a ruling this afternoon striking down Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between man and one woman. The judge ruled that the measure violated the rights of same-sex couples.

K of C program helps Haitian children who lost limbs in earthquake

Aug 4, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Supreme Knight Carl A. Anderson announced today that the Knights of Columbus will “come to the aid of every Haitian child who lost a limb in the January earthquake” that claimed nearly a quarter of a million lives.

Holy Father prays for victims of fires and floods, asks for solidarity

Aug 4, 2010 - 02:23 pm .- After Wednesday's general audience, the Holy Father prayed for the victims of the recent natural disasters in different regions in Asia.

Bishop defends marriage, says laws must stem from reason, not feelings or emotions

Aug 4, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- This week, Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Chomali of Santiago spoke up in defense of marriage and remarked that all laws must be founded in reason, according to the truth about man.

Institute warns Mexicans of gay adoption's negative impact

Aug 4, 2010 - 12:07 pm .- The Mexican Institute of Sexual Orientation (MISO) recently launched a campaign to inform the public of the negative consequences of adoption by same-sex couples. The initiative comes as the nation's Supreme Court is deciding whether or not to uphold a law allowing the practice in Mexico City.

Cardinal Rigali to Knights of Columbus: 'The Church needs you'

Aug 4, 2010 - 11:16 am .- During Mass on Tuesday morning for the 128th Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, encouraged the members of the Catholic fraternity to be faithful followers of Christ.

All political prisoners to be released 'soon,' Cuban cardinal announces

Aug 4, 2010 - 10:19 am .- Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino, Archbishop of Havana, Cuba, announced at the Knights of Columbus' annual States Dinner that thanks to the mediation of the Catholic Conference of Cuban Bishops, fifty-two prisoners of conscience will be released within three to four months.

Supreme Knight renews consecration to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Aug 4, 2010 - 09:54 am .- The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl A. Anderson opened the first session of the 128th Supreme Convention on Tuesday by re-consecrating his mission and responsibilities to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Proposed federal rules for private colleges could endanger academic freedom

Aug 4, 2010 - 06:12 am .- New substantive regulations on higher education could restrict the freedom of private colleges and universities and result in further “politicization,” a former U.S. Senator has said. An official with a Jesuit educational association similarly voiced concern about academic freedom, saying the new rules are “far-reaching and unnecessary.”

Eucharist is Jesus' greatest gift to us, teaches Pope Benedict XVI

Aug 4, 2010 - 05:29 am .- Benedict XVI underscored the importance of the Eucharist on Wednesday as a "treasure whose value cannot be measured." Illustrating a young third century martyr's dedication to the Body of Christ, he exhorted the tens of thousands of altar servers present at the audience to also give their lives in service to the Lord.

Peace Bridge on Niagara River to honor Mother Teresa’s birthday in lights

Aug 4, 2010 - 02:52 am .- In honor of the 100th birthday of Bl. Mother Teresa, on Aug. 26 the Peace Bridge spanning the Niagara River will be illuminated with blue and white, the colors of the Missionaries of Charity. The lighting of the bridge, which connects Buffalo and Fort Erie, will be a “beautiful tribute” to the missionary, a local bishop said.

Caritas facing 'massive' difficulty in helping Pakistani flood victims

Aug 4, 2010 - 01:18 am .- The international Catholic charity Caritas is reporting that relief efforts for flood victims in Pakistan are being hampered by high waters, which are causing “massive” difficulties for aid efforts and making communities accessible only on foot.

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