Archive of August 21, 2010

Catholic dissenters back Empire State Building’s refusal to honor Mother Teresa

Aug 21, 2010 - 08:21 pm .- In another development in the dispute over the Empire State Building’s refusal of a request to honor the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa in its lighting scheme, a coalition of Catholic dissenters has issued a statement affirming the decision and characterizing advocates of the honor as serving “the radical right.”

Pakistani officials 'overwhelmed' in efforts to feed refugees, provide shelter

Aug 21, 2010 - 05:59 pm .- As Pakistani citizens and government officials attempt to cope with the worst flooding in the country's history, many survivors of the disaster are encountering shortages of food and shelter after fleeing their homes. On Friday, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) described the chronic difficulties in the aftermath of floods which have displaced over 400,000 people and submerged a fifth of the country.

Bridge-building bishop works for peace in Africa

Aug 21, 2010 - 01:12 pm .- In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, formerly known as Zaire, Bishop Nicolas Djomo is a bridge builder. Whenever the funds are available, he calls for the construction of a new bridge in the Diocese of Tshumbe, which he has shepherded since late 1997.

Pontifical Council for Laity organizes evangelization congress in Asia

Aug 21, 2010 - 09:59 am .- Ten days from now, hundreds of representatives from Catholic organizations in Asia will descend on the capital city of Korea for a congress to examine evangelization on their continent.

Nebraska attorney general declines to defend state's pro-life law

Aug 21, 2010 - 07:47 am .- Last week, a law restricting abortions in Nebraska was permanently blocked from taking effect. The law, which was passed earlier this year in the state, would have required a health screening for any woman planning to have an abortion.

Cardinal Bagnasco: God's truth is weapon against dominant culture

Aug 21, 2010 - 04:50 am .- "No one is exempt" from the influences of the world which push for conformity to the dominant culture, according to prominent Italian Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco. In this atmosphere, he told the Vatican's newspaper, prayer serves as a weapon against the prevailing mentality and leads people to the truth of God and man.

Study finds that marriage could reduce stress

Aug 21, 2010 - 01:01 am .- Being married or in a relationship reduces the level of cortisol, known as the stress hormone, according to a study by the Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. The research tested more than 500 master’s degree students and was published in the journal, Stress.

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