Archive of September 10, 2010

Womb is most dangerous place for a child, warns Spanish bishop

Sep 10, 2010 - 10:10 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba in Spain said this week that with the increase in abortions, a mother's womb “has become the most danger place for survival.”

Legalization of gay unions would be injustice to common good, state bishops of Costa Rica

Sep 10, 2010 - 06:03 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica has sent a message to the country’s lawmakers noting that it is an injustice to sacrifice the common good and the rights of the family in response to pressure from those who support making gay unions equal to marriage.

Legal expert examines positive, negative effects of JFK's speech on Catholicism

Sep 10, 2010 - 05:13 pm .- As the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's famous Houston speech on his Catholicism approaches, Prof. Michael McConnell gave a talk at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, discussing both the positive and negative effects of the late president's words. While JFK's address may have won a “great victory” for Catholics against a social climate of bigotry, the legal expert also argued that the president's 1960 speech distancing himself from his faith contributed to the belief that churches are “irrelevant to public affairs.”

Vatican spokesman reveals additional details of papal trip to UK

Sep 10, 2010 - 03:22 pm .- As the Vatican's spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi held a press briefing today on the Pope's upcoming U.K. visit, he explained that there is much more to the Holy Father's schedule than what is mentioned in the official itinerary. The additional details include a welcome by bagpipers in Scotland, a gathering with young people and a possible meeting with sex abuse victims.

Bishop says Basque terrorist group must disband

Sep 10, 2010 - 01:54 pm .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian in Spain said this week that the Basque separatist group ETA must disband if it wants the country to take its recent statement announcing an end to its terrorist activities seriously. Conditions for peace, the prelate continued, can only be created through “repentance, reparation, patience, dialogue, tolerance and justice.”

Fr. Lombardi says Vatican is calm ahead of Pope's UK visit

Sep 10, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- Looking forward to the Pope's visit to Great Britain next week, the Vatican's spokesman said on Friday that there is "much serenity" as the date of departure nears. He also highlighted the true and original focus of the trip, Cardinal John Henry Newman's beatification.

Celebration of Cardinal Newman's feast day will break from tradition

Sep 10, 2010 - 11:45 am .- Differing from the traditional practice, the feast day of Cardinal John Henry Newman will not be celebrated on the day of his death. Instead, in his memory the Church will celebrate his feast on the day he converted to Catholicism.

Catholic dioceses across the country to commemorate 9/11 attacks

Sep 10, 2010 - 06:14 am .- Catholic dioceses in New York, Washington, D.C., and in many other locations across the country will soon be holding Masses and other ceremonies in memory of those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Benedict XVI hopes for increased friendship between Catholics and Jews

Sep 10, 2010 - 04:47 am .- In a message sent to the chief rabbi of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI hoped for the promotion of justice and peace in the world as Jews observe a string of holidays in September. The Holy Father also prayed for improved relations between the Catholic and Jewish communities of the world.

Christianity needed to fill Europe’s empty cradles, missionary priest says

Sep 10, 2010 - 03:02 am .- Responding to Lybian leader Muammar Gaddafi’s call for an Islamic Europe, a missionary priest has warned that this future is possible if the continent continues its denial of its Christian roots and its demographic decline. Returning to Christianity would also solve “the problem of empty cradles,” he added.

Michigan Catholic Conference chooses new president

Sep 10, 2010 - 12:50 am .- The Michigan Catholic Conference announced on Sept. 8 that they have chosen a new president who will succeed current leader Sr. Monica Kostielney as she steps down after 38 years of service.

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