Archive of July 24, 2013

Christian lawyers sue to overturn contraception mandate

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:04 pm .- Michael and Shaun Willis and their Michigan-based law firm filed a lawsuit seeking to have the HHS mandate declared a violation of the Constitution and of federal law over religious liberty concerns.

Canadians find greater unity at Rio’s World Youth Day

Jul 24, 2013 - 06:00 pm .- A group of Canadian pilgrims said this World Youth Day is more fun and the youth feel “more united” than at previous events.

Pilgrims in Rio see fellowship as World Youth Day highlight

Jul 24, 2013 - 05:11 pm .- Wind and rain on Copacabana beach did not stop more than half a million young people from experiencing the global nature of the Church at the Opening Mass of World Youth Day on the evening of July 23.

Despite repression, Cuban youth celebrate WYD in Brazil

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:50 pm .- A group of young pilgrims from Cuba have arrived in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day despite initial restrictions from their government.

Pope embraces, voices love for drug addicts at Rio hospital

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:33 pm .- At a hospital in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis said his namesake St. Francis of Assisi put his conversion into action when he embraced a man with leprosy, saying this is a model for the life of a Christian.

Cricket star's Catholic wedding spreads joy in Sri Lanka

Jul 24, 2013 - 04:01 pm .- The marriage of Catholic Sri Lankan cricket star Angelo Mathew and national badminton player Heshani Silva caused joy among the country’s Catholics and gave added prominence to the country’s Catholic minority.

Love of Christ helps us find identity, bishop teaches

Jul 24, 2013 - 03:18 pm .- By experiencing the love of God and sharing it with those around us, we will find the answers to our deepest questions and longings, said Auxiliary Bishop John Sherrington of Westminster.

Sri Lankan cardinal forgives church desecrators

Jul 24, 2013 - 01:00 pm .- Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo has forgiven the desecrators of a Catholic church in Sri Lanka, refusing to press criminal charges against them.

Blessed Frassati a 'perfect' fit for World Youth Day play

Jul 24, 2013 - 11:21 am .- After being contacted by World Youth Day officials to perform a play going along with this year’s theme, a theater group decided they would have to write and produce their own on Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati.

'God acts and he surprises us,' Pope teaches at Marian shrine

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:40 am .- Openness to being surprised by God is an attitude which marks the life of a Christian, Pope Francis said in his homily at Brazil's Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida during his first World Youth Day Mass.

After beatings, imprisoned pastor finally receives medical care

Jul 24, 2013 - 08:00 am .- Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for over 300 days, has at last received long-awaited medical care after suffering numerous beatings in captivity.

Vatican diplomat named new Edinburgh archbishop

Jul 24, 2013 - 07:52 am .- Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Leo Cushley as the new Archbishop of St. Andrews & Edinburgh, replacing Cardinal Keith O’Brien who resigned after inappropriate behavior came to light.

Pope's unpredictability challenges security planners

Jul 24, 2013 - 06:35 am .- The rules for the Pope’s security during international trips have had to change since Pope Francis was elected, bringing into focus the tension between safety and pastoral priorities.

Pope rearranges Rio schedule to meet with Argentine youth

Jul 24, 2013 - 02:58 am .- Pope Francis has modified his World Youth Day schedule to plan a meeting this Thursday with several thousand young people from his home country of Argentina.

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