Archive of October 8, 2010

Official criticizes Brazilian presidential candidate for claiming to be pro-life

Oct 8, 2010 - 10:07 pm .- Congressman Luiz Bassuma, who was suspended from Brazil’s Workers Party because of his pro-life stance, has criticized presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff for “changing her mind” and stating that she does not support abortion. Bassuma noted that it is well known that her party firmly supports legalizing the procedure.

Israeli Christians’ numbers not decreasing, says Israel’s Embassy to the Holy See

Oct 8, 2010 - 07:51 pm .- Israel’s Embassy to the Holy See has released statistics showing that the number of Christians in the State of Israel is not decreasing. The embassy says that the Israeli Christian population is increasing “more or less on par” with that of similarly situated Israeli Jews.

Rosary paves way for holiness, Argentinean bishop teaches

Oct 8, 2010 - 06:06 pm .- Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina encouraged the faithful this week to pray the Rosary because its “repetitive rhythm of praise and supplication, like a sort of spiritual breathing,” helps one attain the gift of holiness.

Memorials to late Pope being built in John Paul II's hometown

Oct 8, 2010 - 04:14 pm .- Pope John Paul II's hometown of Wadowice, Poland is promoting a pair of initiatives in his honor. Between a museum and an interesting memorial project planned for the city square that already bears his name, the late-Pontiff will not soon be forgotten.

Middle East synod looks to improve communion between Eastern Catholics

Oct 8, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Previewing the upcoming synod for the Church in the Middle East at a press conference today, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic announced that the gathering is meant to increase communion between the Eastern Catholic Churches and provide support to a community of believers plagued by violence and discrimination.

Spanish archbishop urges prayers for life during abortion congress

Oct 8, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- Archbishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Seville is encouraging Catholics in Spain to pray for the pro-life cause on October 21-23. During that time, he explained, an international abortion congress will be taking place in the city.

Pope Benedict XVI to visit Venice in 2011

Oct 8, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- It was with "great joy and emotion" that the Patriarch of Venice, Cardinal Angelo Scola, revealed plans for a papal visit to his archdiocese next spring. Benedict XVI will visit the cities of Venice and Aquileia from May 7-8, he announced.

Brazilian president threatens to review agreements with Vatican

Oct 8, 2010 - 11:55 am .- This week, the personal secretary of Brazilian President Luiz Lula da Silva told high-ranking Church officials that if presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff continues to be called out for her stance on abortion, the country's accords with the Vatican will be reviewed.

President Sarkozy and Pope discuss Middle East peace

Oct 8, 2010 - 10:56 am .- Peace efforts in the Middle East, the current economy and the desire to maintain permanent dialogue between France and the Holy See were the subject of a meeting held between Pope Benedict XVI and French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the Vatican on Friday morning.

Catholic novelist calls men to spiritual fatherhood

Oct 8, 2010 - 05:47 am .- Acclaimed Catholic novelist Brian Gail, spoke Wednesday at the Archdiocese of Denver's John Paul II Center for the New Evangelization. Addressing the subject of “Fatherhood in a Fatherless World,” Gail examined the social concerns behind his planned trilogy of books, and urged audience members to make their lives and families beacons of light in times of moral and spiritual darkness.

Postulator sees ‘ill will’ in media coverage of Mary MacKillop’s excommunication

Oct 8, 2010 - 02:52 am .- Media outlets twisted the story of Bl. Mary MacKillop to say she was excommunicated for exposing a priest who sexually abused children, the postulator for her canonization cause is charging. He feared the misleading coverage was an attempt to undermine the Church and distract the public before Australia’s first official saint is canonized on Oct. 17.

Fans of US bishops’ Facebook page can win Pope Benedict book in contest

Oct 8, 2010 - 12:54 am .- Facebook users will have the opportunity to win a free copy of a book by Pope Benedict XVI if they become fans of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and answer a question about the Pope correctly during “Pope Culture Week.”

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