Archive of September 17, 2010

Bishop calls Catholics to assist in ‘true development’ of Mexico

Sep 17, 2010 - 10:09 pm .- As Mexico celebrates its bicentennial, Bishop Mario De Gasperin of Queretaro spoke, urging the faithful to assist the country in growing in humanity, culture and reconciliation.

New Archbishop of Quito calls on priests to ‘form one body and one spirit’

Sep 17, 2010 - 06:07 pm .- The newly appointed Archbishop Fausto Travez of Quito, Ecuador sent a special message to priests this week encouraging them to be faithful to their vocation and to “form one body and one spirit” in order to better serve the Church.

Malibu pastor emeritus passes away after car accident

Sep 17, 2010 - 05:16 pm .- After a severe car accident last month that killed a religious sister and injured U.S. Ambassador to Malta Doug Kmiec in California, the third passenger – Msgr. John Sheridan who was in critical condition – has died at the age of 94.

Holy Father encourages unity among Christians at Westminster Abbey

Sep 17, 2010 - 04:28 pm .- Presiding over an ecumenical celebration on Friday evening at Westminster Abbey, Pope Benedict XVI noted that faith and fidelity to Christ will lead Christians to unity.

Pope discusses ecumenical relations with Archbishop of Canterbury

Sep 17, 2010 - 02:55 pm .- In his Friday visit to Lambeth Palace, Pope Benedict XVI met with Archbishop Rowan Williams to discuss the state of Catholic-Anglican relations. In public remarks, the two leaders recalled the example of Cardinal Newman and noted both the difficulties and the promise of ecumenical dialogue in Christian friendship.

Archbishop denounces religious indifference of Catholic teachers in Argentina

Sep 17, 2010 - 02:05 pm .- Archbishop Agustin Radrizzani of Mercedes-Lujan in Argentina exhorted Catholic teachers this week to fulfill their mission as disciples of Christ, as some have fallen prey to religious indifference and atheism.

Holy Father addresses 'question' of existence

Sep 17, 2010 - 12:19 pm .- Following the recent claim by U.K. physicist Dr. Stephen Hawking that the universe “created itself from nothing,” the Holy Father spoke about “the most important question” of existence on Friday. Addressing interfaith leaders, the Pontiff explained that religion operates on “another level” than science in the question of explaining human existence.

Benedict XVI warns Western societies against keeping faith out of public debate

Sep 17, 2010 - 12:14 pm .- Addressing a group of political, cultural, business and religious leaders at Westminster Hall on the second day of his state visit to Great Britain, Pope Benedict discussed what he described as “fundamental questions” about the moral responsibilities of government, and the role of religious faith in society. Decrying how Christianity has been marginalized in some Western societies, he urged leaders to engage in a “profound and ongoing dialogue” between reason and faith “for the good of our civilization.”

Fr. Lombardi: Vatican entourage calm despite possible terrorist plot

Sep 17, 2010 - 10:14 am .- The Holy Father and those accompanying him on the U.K. trip are "totally calm" in spite of the news that five arrests were made because of a possible terrorist plot. Fr. Federico Lombardi said that the trip will go on as before.

Pope: Science becomes 'dangerously narrow' when religion, ethics ignored

Sep 17, 2010 - 08:37 am .- Benedict XVI stressed the need for open minds in science on Friday, adding that researchers must be ready to consider religious and ethical perspectives. His words came as the U.K. prepares to pass provisions protecting sex changes next month.

Poll: 57 percent of informed Americans oppose federal funds for embryo-destroying research

Sep 17, 2010 - 06:12 am .- Almost half of Americans oppose federal funding of stem cell research which involves destroying human embryos, a new survey reports. Their opposition increases when they are informed of other options, and comparison with previous polls shows a “consistent level of moral concern” on the issue, the survey’s sponsor says.

Benedict XVI urges children to pursue sainthood

Sep 17, 2010 - 06:09 am .- Today the Holy Father encouraged schoolchildren in the U.K. to aim high and “not to be content with second-best.” Seeking holiness and “true happiness” in their lives, he said, will lead them to sainthood.

Pope reaffirms faith as 'driving force' behind UK Catholic schools

Sep 17, 2010 - 05:56 am .- Catholic identity must be present in every aspect of Catholic schools, but, moreso, the life of faith must be their “driving force,” Benedict XVI told U.K. religious teachers today. Religious are a “powerful reminder” of this in schools, he said, as they form individuals who can “live life to the full” and ensure a safe environment for children.

Rep. Smith calls for crackdown on US child trafficking

Sep 17, 2010 - 02:50 am .- Testifying before a House of Representatives subcommittee yesterday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.) called for a harsher enforcement of laws against domestic trafficking of minors, which he referred to as a current “crisis” in the U.S.

Upcoming assembly to elect new leadership of US Catholic bishops’ conference

Sep 17, 2010 - 01:01 am .- The Fall General Assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) will take place Nov. 15-18 at the Baltimore Marriot Waterfront Hotel. The assembled bishops will elect a new conference president and vice president, the chairmen of six committees and a treasurer.

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