Archive of October 1, 2010

Cardinals invite world to join Pope in prayer vigil for unborn

Oct 1, 2010 - 10:01 pm .- To encourage a commitment and witness within the Church to love and life, a prayer initiative to be led by Pope Benedict XVI is being promoted by a pair of cardinals. All bishops of the world are being asked to invite the faithful to pray for the unborn  during the prayerful season before Christmas.

Volunteers for Catholic schools honored at annual dinner

Oct 1, 2010 - 05:57 pm .- More than 600 people honored the many men and women who volunteer their time and talents to support Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Hartford at a dinner Sept. 26 at the Aqua Turf Club.

Baja California modifies state constitution to protect marriage

Oct 1, 2010 - 04:52 pm .- By a vote of 18-1 the state Congress of Baja California in Mexico approved a reform of the state constitution that defines marriage exclusively as the union between one man and one woman.

Holy See confirms papal visit to microstate of San Marino in Summer 2011

Oct 1, 2010 - 04:11 pm .- Next June, Pope Benedict XVI will make an apostolic visit to the Diocese of San Marino-Montefeltro. The visit will not be a first by a Pope to the unique diocese which spans two nations.

Brazilian presidential candidate denies supporting abortion

Oct 1, 2010 - 01:14 pm .- Brazilian presidential candidate, Dilma Rousseff, met with Christian leaders on Wednesday this week and explained to them she is “against abortion.”  However, yesterday she clarified that her position on the issue has not changed and that she considers abortion to be an issue of “public health.”

Religion isn’t a 'feel good' solution, teaches Argentinean bishop

Oct 1, 2010 - 12:25 pm .- Bishop Jorge Lozano of Gualeguaychu in Argentina warned this week that relativism in the faith is what leads many to seek their own individual well being in religion and consider it a “feel-good” solution.

Dawn Eden responds to Dr. Janet Smith's thesis criticisms

Oct 1, 2010 - 11:33 am .- Following professor Dr. Janet Smith's recent criticisms of author Dawn Eden's master's thesis critiquing Christopher West's approach to John Paul II's Theology of the Body, Eden responded on Friday, saying the professor “largely” misinterpreted the paragraphs cited.

Artist's Madonna with baby Hitler work plays with fire, states Italian bishop

Oct 1, 2010 - 10:04 am .- Bishop Domenico Mogavero is wondering just what was meant to be accomplished through a work of art that makes a joke of Nazism. Poking fun at an ideology that "trampled man," he said, is a "risky operation."

Holy Father to meet with government heads of France, Spain

Oct 1, 2010 - 08:29 am .- In the last week, media sources have confirmed that the Holy Father will be meeting with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Spanish president Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on separate occasions in the coming months.

Researchers pioneer new method to generate non-embryonic stem cells

Oct 1, 2010 - 07:03 am .- In what one expert calls a “major paper,” researchers have reported new advances in creating efficient and safe alternatives to human embryonic stem cells.

US priest chosen as superior general of international Oblates order

Oct 1, 2010 - 04:45 am .- A 58-year old Buffalo, New York native will soon be in charge of the 4,000 brothers of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. Accepting the responsibility with "fear and trembling" but aware of brotherly support and God's assistance, the superior general-elect donned the cross of the congregation's founding saint to carry on the missionary service that began nearly 200 years ago.

Franciscan order sees massive increase in Cameroon

Oct 1, 2010 - 03:13 am .- Membership in a small Franciscan order is booming in Cameroon after only ten years in the country. One of its brothers says its spiritual commitment has a “deep social impact” in the life of its members and in the life of the African country.

Excommunication for Philippines president ‘a possibility,’ bishop states

Oct 1, 2010 - 01:06 am .- The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has said there is “a possibility” of excommunication for the Philippines president if he insists that the government distribute contraceptives.

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