Archive of September 24, 2010

Spanish prelates prepare faithful for Holy Father's visit

Sep 24, 2010 - 10:00 pm .- The Holy See has announced the official schedule for the Pope's visit to the Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona this fall. Accompanying the announcement were messages from the archbishops of the two cities inviting the involvement of the faithful to support the Holy Father spiritually and physically.

Rome initiative to shed light on Christianity in Middle East

Sep 24, 2010 - 08:09 pm .- A two-week schedule of events will soon be kicked off in Rome to raise awareness for the plight of Christians in the Middle East. The program coincides with the dates of next month's Synod of the Middle East and will include the perspectives of some participants.

Sex abuse lawsuit involving Wisconsin priest names Pope Benedict as defendant

Sep 24, 2010 - 05:59 pm .- A lawsuit filed by a man sexually abused decades ago by a Wisconsin priest has named Pope Benedict XVI as a defendant. However, two authors have claimed the latest charges against the Pope repeat “widely debunked” inaccuracies.

Vatican aims for 2012 release of new marriage preparation document

Sep 24, 2010 - 05:45 pm .- The Pontifical Council for the Family is working to create a document to guide marriage preparation efforts in dioceses throughout the world. Through it, the council hopes to better inform young couples of what they are asking of the Church when they opt to receive the Sacrament of Marriage.

Holy Father speaks to schoolchildren, emphasizes importance of reading

Sep 24, 2010 - 03:51 pm .- Hundreds of kids felt the personal "warmth" of the Pope as they met with him in a private audience on Thursday evening. According to the children's school principal, they received his message to them about learning to read so they can better know God and the world.

Church in Colombia calls for peace after killing of FARC leader

Sep 24, 2010 - 02:04 pm .- The secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Juan Vicente Cordoba, has called for peace in the wake of the military’s strike on guerrilla forces of the FARC, which killed the rebel group’s second in command, Victor Julio Suarez Rojas, known as “Mono Jojoy.”

Prejudiced journalism 'diminishes public life,' warns Archbishop Chaput

Sep 24, 2010 - 12:55 pm .- Delivering the featured address at a religion news writers conference in Denver on Friday, Archbishop Charles Chaput commented on what he believes to be the new secular “orthodoxy” within American media and warned that slanted journalism “can diminish our public life.”

Vatican: Non-nuclear weapon agenda must be based around human dignity

Sep 24, 2010 - 09:52 am .- The Holy See's delegate to an international conference on atomic energy has emphasized the value of human life as the central issue in "every step" towards a nuclear weapon-free world. "Humanity," he said in a speech this week, "deserves no less than full co-operation" of the governments of the world in reaching agreements establishing peace and security.

Catholics for Equality leader calls for activist unity against bishops

Sep 24, 2010 - 09:04 am .- One board member of the dissenting homosexual advocacy group Catholics for Equality says it is “imperative” for activists to unite against “the anti-gay bishops,” whose opposition to same-sex marriage he calls “appalling.”

World Health Organization report recognizes lower maternal mortality rate

Sep 24, 2010 - 07:05 am .- A new report by the United Nations has accepted lower revised estimates of global maternal deaths. The move follows years of criticism from pro-life groups, which claim the higher estimates were used to justify the legalization of abortion.

Pope gave UK Catholics a "new agenda," says Archbishop Nichols

Sep 24, 2010 - 05:03 am .- According to the primate of English and Welsh Catholics, the Holy Father set a "new agenda" for the faithful in Britain. A single message united all of the Pope's teachings during the trip, he said, that of the importance of faith in modern societies.

Prominent atheist says Catholicism is least tolerated religion in Europe

Sep 24, 2010 - 03:27 am .- Bernard-Henri Lévy, a well-known atheist associated with what is considered to be the European left, said in an interview that Catholicism is by far the most attacked religion in Europe. The prominent intellectual also noted it was unfortunate that so many injustices are committed against Benedict XVI.

Expert critiques President Obama's health care claims

Sep 24, 2010 - 12:52 am .- Commenting on the six month anniversary of the Senate passage of President Obama's health care bill on Sept. 23, Population Research Institute (PRI) president Steve Mosher critiqued the legislation, asserting that much of what the president has claimed about the bill is simply “not true.”

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