Archive of September 2, 2010

Spanish officials thank Catholic Church for 'important role' in release of Cuban prisoners

Sep 2, 2010 - 10:04 pm .- During a visit to Cuba, two officials from Spain’s Socialist Party expressed gratitude to the Catholic Church for its “important role” in securing the release of several political prisoners.

Italian doctor condemns culture that fears children

Sep 2, 2010 - 09:16 pm .- According to an Italian neonatal doctor, “pedophobia”—the fear of children—is an obstacle to the realization of the full rights of children today. In an article published in L'Osservatore Romano to mark the 20th anniversary of a U.N. convention for children's rights, he made a case for making children, born and unborn, more accepted in society.

Recently retired Vatican secretary promises to continue defending immigrant rights

Sep 2, 2010 - 08:09 pm .- Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, the Vatican's former secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant People, has promised to continue voicing his opinions on the rights of immigrants, though he recently stepped down from the Vatican post.

Spanish archbishop prays for Iraq as US combat mission ends

Sep 2, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- Spanish archbishop Joan-Enric Vives prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Nuria this week for Iraq, following the withdraw of U.S. combat troops.

Discovery building gunman confronted pro-life demonstrators in 2009, group says

Sep 2, 2010 - 05:33 pm .- James J. Lee, the alleged gunman who took hostages at the Discovery Communications building, also published demands for an end to programs which encourage the birth of “parasitic human infants.” A pro-life group which believes Lee started an argument at one of their protests said his “utter disdain for human beings” is at the core of the mindset pro-lifers oppose.

Marriage is proof of God's love, hope for Italy's future, teaches Italian cardinal

Sep 2, 2010 - 05:07 pm .- Through the sacrament of marriage, Italy can counteract "a true race towards death," said the head of Italian bishops on Sunday. He explained that a family founded on marriage is proof from God "that the future exists."

Vatican cardinal calls on Melkites to be bridge between East and West

Sep 2, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, called on Melkite Catholics in Argentina to be a bridge of communion between the East and the West.

Study shows Salvadoran majority supports president's pro-life decision

Sep 2, 2010 - 11:51 am .- A new poll has revealed that 93 percent of Salvadorans oppose the legalization of abortion. In addition, 76 percent support the decision by President Mauricio Funes to reject the “Brasilia Consensus” which promotes the legalization of abortion in Latin American countries.

Pope and Israeli president hope for peace in Holy Land

Sep 2, 2010 - 07:40 am .- As the Palestinian and Israeli governments seek an agreement in Washington D.C., the Israeli president and Pope Benedict XVI hoped for "lasting peace" on Thursday. The Pope was recognized by the Nobel Prize-winning Israeli leader Shimon Peres during a meeting between the two as the "Shepherd" leading to the "the fields of peace."

Chance to win $500k for Catholic school creates national buzz

Sep 2, 2010 - 07:11 am .- The opportunity for a Catholic high school in Nebraska to win $500,000 to help build a new kitchen is creating excitement and drawing voters from around the diocese, the city and Catholics of all ages across the nation.

Cardinal Danneels’ lawyer: Media coverage of abuse victim meeting was character assassination

Sep 2, 2010 - 06:05 am .- In a new development concerning claims that Cardinal Godfried Danneels asked a sexual abuse victim to cover up a bishop’s abuse, the cardinal’s lawyer has accused a newspaper of committing “character assassination” on the prelate using selective highlighting and “extremely biased commentary.”

Judge dismisses ‘with prejudice’ sex abuse charges against Catholic priest

Sep 2, 2010 - 03:08 am .- A judge in West Virginia has dismissed all charges against a Catholic priest from Cincinnati who was accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy in 1991. Attorneys for the priest, who was suspended for over a year because of the allegations, said the ruling found that the accuser had manipulated and falsified evidence.

Adequate flood protection denied to religious minorities in Pakistan, Catholic source claims

Sep 2, 2010 - 12:28 am .- A Catholic Church figure in Pakistan has charged that local authorities decided with “deliberate intention” not to provide adequate flood protection to regions with high numbers of minority religious groups, including Christians and Hindus.

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