Archive of September 30, 2011

Bishops' new religious freedom chairman sees government playing God

Sep 30, 2011 - 06:30 pm .- Emerging threats to religious freedom have inspired the U.S. bishops to establish a new committee for its protection. Its chairman sees government taking God's place as the source of the “first freedom.”

Insults against Peruvian cardinal offend the entire Church, says journalist

Sep 30, 2011 - 05:55 pm .- Peruvian journalist Daniel Brousek published a Sept. 29 article calling the insults leveled against Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima, Peru “a blow to the entire Church.”

Pennsylvania bishops blast HHS contraception rule as indefensible

Sep 30, 2011 - 05:15 pm .- The Catholic Bishops of Pennsylvania are speaking out against rules that could mandate contraception and sterilization in new health plans, calling them an indefensible assault on conscience and freedom.

Vatican: Pope did not intervene in Mexican Supreme Court decision on abortion

Sep 30, 2011 - 04:38 pm .- Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi has dismissed claims that Pope Benedict XVI intervened in Mexico's recent Supreme Court ruling on abortion.

Spanish political party seeks to revise abortion law

Sep 30, 2011 - 02:02 pm .- The spokesperson for the congressional caucus of the People’s Party in Spain, Soraya Saenz de Santamaria, has said the party is focused on changing parts of country’s new law on abortion.

Vatican police force celebrated on Feast of Archangels

Sep 30, 2011 - 01:41 pm .- The bravery of the Pope’s police force was recognized Sept. 29 at a special ceremony in Rome. The event also saw the handing over of a flag used by papal soldiers who died defending the Vatican.

Pope praying for terminally ill in October

Sep 30, 2011 - 11:57 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is offered his prayers in October for those who are terminally ill and for the success of World Mission Day, which will be held Oct. 23.

Notre Dame joins outcry against HHS contraception mandate

Sep 30, 2011 - 06:02 am .- The University of Notre Dame added to the wave of criticism leveled at the proposed Health and Human Services mandate that requires health insurance providers to cover contraception and offers a narrow exemption for religious groups.

New Orleans mourns loss of Archbishop Hannan

Sep 30, 2011 - 03:11 am .- Retired Archbishop Philip M. Hannan of New Orleans died in the early morning hours of Sept. 29. The archbishop, age 98, is being remembered for his tireless work for the poor and for being a “wonderful soldier of Christ.”

Orthodox archbishop: we're internally divided on question of 'primacy'

Sep 30, 2011 - 12:51 am .- A leading Russian Orthodox official says the Eastern Orthodox churches have yet to resolve the question of authority among themselves, a condition for future progress on the issue of the papacy.

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