Archive of August 6, 2010

Ministry of Health promotes contraception in rural areas of Peru

Aug 6, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- The director of the Population Research Institute’s office for Latin America, Carlos Polo, has harshly criticized the launch of a “national family planning program” for rural areas in the country’s Andean region.

Vatican and bishops express desire to work for peace in Colombia

Aug 6, 2010 - 07:46 pm .- The president of the bishops’ conference in Colombia, Archbishop Ruben Salazar, stated this week that the bishops of the country and the Vatican have expressed their willingness to work together to end the South American country’s decades-long civil conflict.

Anti-Prop. 8 ruling claims Pope Benedict’s teachings ‘harm’ homosexuals

Aug 6, 2010 - 05:11 pm .- The federal ruling which overturned California’s Proposition 8 cites a document by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, as evidence for the claim that religious beliefs about the sinfulness of homosexual relationships “harm gays and lesbians.” The claim is listed under a legal “finding of fact” and could win deference from higher courts.

Protest rally organized at Empire State Building on birthday of Bl. Mother Teresa

Aug 6, 2010 - 02:59 pm .- Responding to the Empire State Building's refusal to display lights in honor of Bl. Mother Teresa's 100th birthday later this month, the Catholic League is organizing a protest at the national landmark.

Mexican official clarifies that women are not in jail for seeking abortions

Aug 6, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- Mexico’s Attorney General, Carlos Zamarripa Aguirre, clarified this week that there are no women in jail in the state of Guanajuato for the crime of abortion, despite contrary reports by feminist organizations.

Faithful in Sicily to show Pope their commitment to 'building the Kingdom of God'

Aug 6, 2010 - 12:39 pm .- The Holy Father will be making a pastoral visit to Italy's largest island in October. Local bishops are looking forward to the occasion which they predict will give new life to evangelization in the area, focusing on the Sicily's holy past and not on its present difficulties.

Pope's purchase of immunization bonds highlight of ambassador's service

Aug 6, 2010 - 11:30 am .- The greatest moment in the tenure of the U.K. ambassador to the Holy See was the Pope's contribution to a British government-sponsored initiative to eradicate diseases in developing countries.

Catholic League calls author Anne Rice's rejection of Christianity a 'tragedy'

Aug 6, 2010 - 10:24 am .- The Catholic League responded to the recent statement of author Anne Rice, who in 2008 announced that she had returned to the Catholic faith, but now says she is no longer a Christian but remains “committed to Christ.”

Pro-family leader reiterates research confirming child's need for heterosexual home

Aug 6, 2010 - 09:54 am .- This week, the president of the Mexican Institute of Sexual Orientation, Oscar Rivas, noted that current research in psychology affirms that children need a mother and a father, “in order develop best intellectually, emotionally and physically.”

Academic journal’s latest issue to explore John Paul II’s theology of the body

Aug 6, 2010 - 06:05 am .- Scholars will explore Pope John Paul II’s theology of the body from several perspectives in the latest issue of St. Thomas More College’s academic journal, “Second Spring: an International Journal of Faith and Culture.”

UK ambassador highlights significance of events during papal visit

Aug 6, 2010 - 04:53 am .- The Holy Father's September visit "speaks of rapprochement" - that is, cordial relations - between the Vatican and the United Kingdom, explained the nation's ambassador to Holy See. Speaking to CNA, he said that the "principal symbolic moment" on the schedule of events, even for the state, is the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman in Birmingham.

After referendum, Kenyan bishops urge reform for ‘flawed’ aspects of new constitution

Aug 6, 2010 - 03:08 am .- Responding to voters’ approval of a new constitution, the Catholic bishops of Kenya professed respect for the outcome but urged that the constitution’s “flawed moral issues” be addressed. “Let us join together in prayer for a good constitution,” they said.

Cardinal Mahony: Prop. 8 ruling based on feelings, not God’s plan for mankind

Aug 6, 2010 - 12:47 am .- A federal judge’s decision overturning Proposition 8 relied solely on feelings and not God’s plan for human society, Cardinal Roger Mahony said on Wednesday. He added that the judge wrongly assumed that marriage is of human origin and can mean “anything any person wishes.”

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