Archive of July 18, 2013

New Vatican bank official reportedly part of 'gay lobby'

Jul 18, 2013 - 05:10 pm .- The priest appointed last month as an interim prelate of the so-called Vatican Bank is associated with the “gay lobby” at the Holy See, according to an article by analyst Sandro Magister released today.

Indulgences not a 'magical formula,' canon lawyer explains

Jul 18, 2013 - 04:39 pm .- In contrast with media reports of “time off of purgatory” for Pope Francis' Twitter followers, a canon lawyer says indulgences are a way that the Church encourages Christians to prayer.

John Paul II film festival seeks movies 'that inspire'

Jul 18, 2013 - 04:37 pm .- Preparing for its fourth event in recent years, a Florida-based international film festival named for Pope John Paul II is looking for submissions that witness to society through compelling beauty and inspiring art.

Pope Francis will visit slum, not use popemobile in Rio

Jul 18, 2013 - 01:55 pm .- During next week's World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis will be staying in a modest residency, visiting a slum and traveling without his popemobile.

Pope grieves over WYD bus accident in French Guiana

Jul 18, 2013 - 11:14 am .- Pope Francis shared his condolences after hearing of a deadly traffic accident in French Guiana involving a bus that was taking young people to World Youth Day.

US axes AIDS relief funding to Church in South Africa

Jul 18, 2013 - 10:40 am .- The United States has stopped funding AIDS relief programs in South Africa organized by the Catholic Church, handing the money instead over to the country's government.

Vatican: Change of Popes 'intensified' World Youth Day

Jul 18, 2013 - 05:09 am .- A Vatican spokesman said the change of Popes which occurred from the announcement of World Youth Day to its fruition has caused some adaptations to the event for the new Roman Pontiff.

Book aims to help Catholics transform culture for Christ

Jul 18, 2013 - 04:03 am .- Radio host Al Kresta’s new book is meant to help Catholics respond to the arguments of their opponents, stressing the need to love one’s enemies so as to transform a culture hostile to Jesus Christ.

Congressman urges focus on human rights abuses in North Korea

Jul 18, 2013 - 02:09 am .- In spite of international attention on North Korea’s restrictive political regime, a top member of the Congressional human rights commission critiqued the Obama administration, saying it has not done enough to protect human rights in the country.

UK bishops lament 'gay marriage' approval

Jul 18, 2013 - 12:07 am .- Queen Elizabeth II has approved the British parliament’s “gay marriage” bill, in what the Catholic bishops of England and Wales called a “profound social change” that neglects the centrality of children and puts religious freedom at risk.

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