Archive of August 9, 2010

Bishop William Callahan to be installed in La Crosse on Wednesday

Aug 9, 2010 - 09:49 pm .- William Patrick Callahan on Wednesday will be installed as the new Bishop of La Crosse in Wisconsin. The incoming bishop will celebrate one of his first Masses in the diocese at a church where the parish priest stepped down after charges of possession of child pornography.

Brazilian Congress considers proposal to reject legalized abortion

Aug 9, 2010 - 08:01 pm .- Brazil’s Congress is considering accepting a motion that would free the country of any obligation to adhere to the “Brasilia Consensus,” a July 16 document which proposes that abortion on demand be allowed in Brazil and throughout Latin America.

Archdiocese of Mexico City rejects Supreme Court ruling on same-sex 'marriage'

Aug 9, 2010 - 06:40 pm .- In a press release, the Archdiocese of Mexico City criticized the country’s Supreme Court for ruling in favor of the constitutionality of same-sex “marriage” in the country's capital city. The statement added that the testimony leading to the ruling was “conducted with a flippant and sneaky attitude.”

Scottish cardinal criticizes 'vengeance' in US justice system

Aug 9, 2010 - 05:48 pm .- A "culture of vengeance" is behind the U.S. justice system's desire to investigate the Lockerbie bomber again, said the U.K.'s only cardinal on Sunday. He defended Scotland's decision to release the convicted criminal last year and said that the U.S. should respect this verdict and take another look at "compassion" in its own legal system.

Archbishop denounces post-Christian paganism of Christian societies

Aug 9, 2010 - 04:02 pm .- The “post-Christian paganism fervently practiced by people who call themselves Christian,” is what makes people oblivious to the increasing inhumanity of society, said Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina in a recent homily.

Australia prepares for Blessed Mary MacKillop's canonization in October

Aug 9, 2010 - 02:09 pm .- Great excitement is emanating from Australia as the date for the canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop approaches. She will be officially welcomed into the ranks of the saints by Pope Benedict XVI in a little over two months.

Bishops call for dialogue and understanding in task of building up Bolivia

Aug 9, 2010 - 12:24 pm .- The Bolivian Bishops’ Conference has called on the nation to seek out dialogue and understanding in building up the country and to reject the closed-mindedness that “shies away from the confrontation of different ideas, which is the basis of every mature democracy.”

Attempted theft of Padre Pio reliquary thwarted

Aug 9, 2010 - 09:49 am .- A gold reliquary containing Padre Pio relics was the apparent object of thieves' interest on Sunday evening. Sacrilege has been ruled out by a Capuchin spokesperson, as the attempt was likely for the gold, not the relics themselves.

CNA launches 'Catholic Womanhood' site for reflections on faith and living

Aug 9, 2010 - 06:11 am .- Catholic News Agency is officially launching a new resource, focusing on the experiences and spiritual lives of Catholic women. “Catholic Womanhood” is a place for women of faith to consider and discuss issues of today's culture and society, everyday life and work, and the pursuit of holiness within the universal Church.

Today's world requires lower age for first communicants, stresses Vatican prefect

Aug 9, 2010 - 05:15 am .- Children must not be deprived of the Eucharist, source of grace and assistance to them as they begin their walk with Jesus, stressed the Vatican prefect of the congregation for sacraments. In an article in L'Osservatore Romano to mark the 100-year anniversary of a papal decree which lowered the age of first communicants, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares underscored that children should still be allowed to receive the Eucharist as soon as they are able.

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