Archive of September 21, 2012

Pakistan urged to end blasphemy law abuses

Sep 21, 2012 - 05:15 pm .- An international hearing sponsored by the World Council of Churches called on Pakistan to end abuse of the nation's blasphemy law, which leads to major human rights violations for religious minorities.

Pope tells French bishops defense of marriage is prophetic

Sep 21, 2012 - 04:38 pm .- Against the backdrop of an effort to recognize “gay marriage” in France, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of French bishops that the truth about marriage and the family is vital to society and must be promoted in bold and creative ways.

Charity reports increase in poverty, inequality in Spain

Sep 21, 2012 - 04:09 pm .- Catholic charity Caritas' chapter in Spain has issued a new report showing that poverty, inequality and social injustice are on the rise in the European country.

Third installment of 'Jesus of Nazareth' due out in Italy at Christmas

Sep 21, 2012 - 02:11 pm .- The Vatican Publishing House has signed an agreement allowing the publication of Pope Benedict's latest book on Jesus, which focuses on the the infancy of Christ.

Bishop Vann to head fastest growing US diocese

Sep 21, 2012 - 09:46 am .- Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth, Texas has been named the fourth bishop of Orange, Calif. by Pope Benedict XVI.

New study finds rise in religious restrictions worldwide

Sep 21, 2012 - 04:06 am .- Hostility towards religion has risen globally, both in the form of government restrictions and social attitudes, determined a new study by the Pew Research Center.

LA priest on leave for advocating 'gay marriage' (Corrected)

Sep 21, 2012 - 03:04 am .- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles has placed Father Joseph Palacios on leave from ministry because of his promotion of same-sex “marriage.”

Elderly woman who ruined fresco seeks church's tourist proceeds

Sep 21, 2012 - 12:14 am .- An 81-year-old woman whose failed restoration of a Spanish Catholic church’s 19th-century fresco became the laughingstock of the world now wants the church to pay her a portion of the funds it is collecting from tourists who want to see the ruined work of art.

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