Archive of October 21, 2010

Bishops of Brazil: Vote for those who defend life and promote the family

Oct 21, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- The bishops from the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro issued a statement on Oct. 18 encouraging the faithful to vote for candidates who defend life from conception until natural death.

Catholics are all missionaries, reminds priest heading papal mission society

Oct 21, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- Ahead of World Mission Sunday, the priest heading a papal society for the spread of the faith has said all Catholics are missionaries and should renew their commitment to proclaiming the Gospel. A credible witness of the faith requires a “profound” personal and communal conversion, he commented.

Court denies Vatican bank’s efforts to reclaim millions

Oct 21, 2010 - 04:48 pm .- An appeal from the Holy See's "bank" to recover millions of dollars frozen by Italian authorities in September has been declined. The Vatican expressed its "amazement" that the bank, known as the Institute of Religious Works, and its directors are still under investigation for allegedly not conforming to European anti-money laundering standards.

Cardinal calls on Catholics in Barcelona to welcome Pope

Oct 21, 2010 - 03:09 pm .- Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona has called on Catholics in his diocese to give a warm welcome to Pope Benedict XVI during his upcoming visit.

Vatican synod sees growing concern over Islam

Oct 21, 2010 - 01:43 pm .- The need for more interfaith dialogue and greater Christian-Muslim understanding has been a key theme in the month-long meeting of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the Middle East.

Civil organizations urge Mexican government to hold debate on adoption

Oct 21, 2010 - 12:23 pm .- Various organizations in Mexico are urging President Felipe Calderon to call for a national debate on adoption by same-sex couples.

Chileans to offer thanks to God for rescue of miners

Oct 21, 2010 - 10:59 am .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, will celebrate a Liturgy of Thanksgiving for the successful rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped at the San Jose mine.

Claims of executed man’s innocence refocuses Texas death penalty debate

Oct 21, 2010 - 05:54 am .- The possible innocence of an executed Texas man has renewed the debate on the death penalty in the state with the most executions in the United States.

Anglican Ordinariate will help restore Anglo-Catholic patrimony to universal Church, writer says

Oct 21, 2010 - 03:11 am .- Speculating about the future of Anglicanism, a Catholic Church observer in England says that Anglo-Catholics have recognized their battle is “lost.” However, Pope Benedict’s appreciation of their tradition and his establishment of a special church structure for them will help restore their patrimony to the Catholic Church.

Combative press conference highlights continued dispute on abortion in health care bill

Oct 21, 2010 - 01:07 am .- Persistent questions about abortion funding in President Obama's Affordable Care Act arose again on Oct. 20 in a telephone press conference hosted by the bill's supporters at Catholics United. Heated discussion ensued between the organization's executive director Chris Korzen, and Douglas Johnson of the National Right to Life Committee over a controversial ad campaign targeting a Democrat who supported the bill.

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