Archive of September 23, 2010

Ivory Coast forum to seek out Pope Benedict's 'New Pentecost for Africa'

Sep 23, 2010 - 11:07 pm .- Vatican dicasteries are promoting a new forum in western Africa to examine African identity and culture in light of recent development and globalization. Through the initiative, organizers hope to continue to recreate the Church and the world through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Nebraska Catholic high school community mobilizes to win $500,000 prize

Sep 23, 2010 - 07:45 pm .- In an effort to finance a much needed kitchen for their facility, Nebraska's Pius X high school in Lincoln joined forces with the local community to win a nationwide contest for a cash prize of $500,000.

Pro-life leader warns of activists claiming legalized abortion will save lives

Sep 23, 2010 - 05:53 pm .- Father Berardo Graz, the coordinator of the Brazilian bishops’ Defense of Life Committee, recorded a video message this week criticizing the country's government for claiming that legalizing abortion will prevent thousands of maternal deaths.

Archbishop Wuerl named US contact for Anglican groups seeking to become Catholic

Sep 23, 2010 - 05:40 pm .- Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl will guide the incorporation of interested Anglican groups into the Catholic Church in the United States under the apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus,” a Vatican congregation has announced.

Spanish course violates international rights, warns UN consultant

Sep 23, 2010 - 03:53 pm .- The director of the European Center for Law and Justice, Gregor Puppinck, told the U.N. Human Rights Commission this week that the school course Education for the Citizenry in Spain violates internationally recognized rights and must be corrected by the Spanish government.

Minnesota archbishop explains importance of defending marriage

Sep 23, 2010 - 01:56 pm .- Minnesota's bishops have taken a new step to reach Catholics in their dioceses with the Church's teaching on marriage - by sending out copies of an educational DVD that reaffirms the unchangeable nature of marriage and opposes attempts at redefinition. Archbishop John Nienstedt spoke to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) on Wednesday about the issue's urgency and the bishops' reasons for speaking out.

Defense of life, family and human rights fundamental in elections, say Peruvian bishops

Sep 23, 2010 - 11:49 am .- The Peruvian Bishops’ Conference released a statement yesterday reminding voters that in order to cast an informed and responsible vote they must take into account the ethical dimension of the candidates.

Two days of celebrations planned for soon-to-be blessed teenager

Sep 23, 2010 - 11:02 am .- Chiara "Luce" Badano, who showed great faith during her short life, will be beatified this weekend. Her parents and thousands of young people from Italy and across the globe are expected in Rome to celebrate her life and holiness.

Pope 'could not say no' to Anglican inquiries, recalls Archbishop Koch

Sep 23, 2010 - 09:33 am .- The head of the Vatican's department for Christian unity said that with the new Anglican ordinariate, Pope Benedict is merely opening the door, to those "who knock." Reflecting on the recent trip to the U.K., he added that the possible mass conversions are not an impediment to the continued dialogue between the Anglican and Catholic Churches.

Obama administration using faith-based groups to rally support, spread health care information

Sep 23, 2010 - 06:05 am .- President Obama and administration officials are rallying religious leaders to “spread the word” on new health care legislation to reinforce public support and to raise awareness about the effects of new insurance reforms.

Vatican newspaper: Bank trouble could be resolved quickly

Sep 23, 2010 - 05:10 am .- The "misunderstanding" that led to the investigation of the Vatican's bank "could be clarified simply and quickly" by consulting its internal controls. According to the Vatican's semi-official L'Osservatore Romano (LOR) newspaper, no transfer was made without "strict" compliance with the rules in force in Italy.

Archbishop reminds Brazilians that elections will determine future of country

Sep 23, 2010 - 03:14 am .- Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta of Rio de Janeiro reminded Brazilians this week that the October 3 elections will determine the future path of the country. He then called on the faithful remember the defense of life as well as the respect for religious freedom and human dignity when going to the polls.

Scottish bishops express gratitude to participants and organizers of papal visit

Sep 23, 2010 - 12:56 am .- Speaking for the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, Cardinal Keith O'Brien and Archbishop of Glasgow Mario Conti expressed their “heartfelt gratitude to all who made the visit of our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI to our country such a happy and memorable day.” The letter expressed appreciation for “months of hard work” on the part of “countless agencies and thousands of individuals.”

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