Archive of August 19, 2010

Argentinean professors reject university’s position on abortion

Aug 19, 2010 - 09:52 pm .- Professors from the University of Buenos Aires have rejected a declaration by the school’s board of directors supporting the legalization of abortion, saying their position goes against the foundations of the university statutes and the country's Constitution.

First liturgy in 88 years celebrated at Turkish monastery

Aug 19, 2010 - 07:51 pm .- Last Sunday, Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I presided over the first liturgical celebration at the Turkish monastery of Sumela in nearly 90 years. The celebration raises awareness to the ongoing situation concerning religious freedom in the country, according to one Vatican expert.

Benedict XVI encourages Argentinean youth to have greater apostolic zeal

Aug 19, 2010 - 05:58 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI sent his apostolic blessing to the participants of the upcoming National Children and Teen Mission Day in Argentina, encouraging them to renew their faith and be missionaries to their peers.

European Catholics prepare host of celebrations for Mother Teresa's 100th birthday

Aug 19, 2010 - 04:42 pm .- The founder of the Missionaries of Charity will be remembered in celebrations all over Europe, and all over the world, on her birthday and feast day coming up in the next three weeks. At least a dozen cardinals will be presiding over Masses across Europe in her memory.

Released Cuban dissidents denounce mistreatment of deceased prisoner's mother

Aug 19, 2010 - 01:57 pm .- The latest two dissidents to be released from prison by the Cuban government have denounced the repression and “abuse” suffered by the mother of deceased Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata.

Argentinean bishops list concerns about impact of same-sex 'marriage' on schools

Aug 19, 2010 - 11:50 am .- The 20 bishops participating in the 156th meeting of the Permanent Committee of the Argentinean Bishops’ Conference recently discussed strategies for confronting the country's new law legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

Archbishop Dolan offers to help in NYC mosque debate

Aug 19, 2010 - 11:44 am .- As the controversy over the planned building of a mosque and Islamic center near Ground Zero in New York City grows increasingly heated, Archbishop Timothy Dolan urged the different factions to carry on a “respectful discussion” and offered to mediate between those who support the plans and those who oppose them.

New Mass translation provides chance for teaching about Liturgy, Msgr. Sherman explains

Aug 19, 2010 - 09:33 am .- Speaking to CNA in an interview, Msgr. Anthony Sherman, executive director for the USCCB Secretariat for Divine Worship, gave an update on the status of the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal. Msgr. Sherman stated that the changes will need to introduced with “due sensitivity,” and the opportunity for catechesis presented by the translation “will need to be firmly grasped.”

Wisconsin effort to expand Medicaid-funded contraception to minors draws fire

Aug 19, 2010 - 06:11 am .- The state of Wisconsin is working to expand a program which uses federal Medicaid funds to provide free contraception and vasectomies to poor and low income people. One pro-life leader challenged claims the program saves money, warning it supplies contraceptives to minors no matter their family’s income and without parental knowledge.

Rep. Smith condemns human rights violations of Catholics in Vietnam

Aug 19, 2010 - 03:10 am .- At an August 18 hearing in Washington D.C., Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) condemned the human rights violations of Catholics in Vietnam, calling on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “postpone indefinitely taking U.S.-Vietnam relations to the 'next level' until the Government of Vietnam can prove that they too are concerned about and willing to stop rampant abuse in their country.”

Susan Boyle will sing for Pope during UK visit

Aug 19, 2010 - 12:45 am .- The surprise music sensation Susan Boyle will sing for Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the U.K., a spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland has confirmed. Boyle will be joined by music star Michelle McManus, who is already scheduled to sing before the Papal Mass in Glasgow.

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