Archive of August 2, 2013

Africa archbishop affirms support for Catholic Relief Services

Aug 2, 2013 - 05:20 pm .- A Madagascar archbishop has distanced himself from controversial claims that Catholic Relief Services distributed contraceptive drugs and abortifacients in his country, affirming that the agency’s actions do not violate Catholic teaching.

Friar lauds indulgence as a way to connect with St. Francis

Aug 2, 2013 - 04:48 pm .- Today's feast of Our Lady of the Angels of Porziuncola and its associated indulgence is a way to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the Church, a friar explained.

Brazilian president signs law permitting abortion after papal visit

Aug 2, 2013 - 03:31 pm .- Four days after Pope Francis left Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff signed into a law a measure that opens the door to the distribution of abortion-causing drugs in the country’s public health care system.

Mexico archdiocese investigating possible Eucharistic miracle

Aug 2, 2013 - 12:33 pm .- Msgr. Ramiro Valdes Sanchez, vicar general of Guadalajara, Mexico, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a possible Eucharistic miracle that reportedly took place last week.   

Despite reports, Vatican organizer says Rio went as planned

Aug 2, 2013 - 10:35 am .- Although the media focused on some of the moments when the Pope’s security team appeared overwhelmed during the World Youth Day, one of the Vatican press office’s coordinators says just one change was made to the schedule and everything else that happened was foreseen.

Pope writes to Muslims about mutual respect

Aug 2, 2013 - 06:41 am .- With the end of the month of Ramadan approaching, Pope Francis decided to personally write to all Muslims as a sign of friendship and to promote greater respect between the two faiths.

Indian migrants in Holy Land prepare for Marian feast

Aug 2, 2013 - 04:10 am .- Preparations for the Feast of the Nativity of Mary this September are already underway in the Holy Land, particularly among Indian migrant workers.

LA Catholics pray for victims as more sex abuse files released

Aug 2, 2013 - 02:03 am .- As the first set of religious orders' files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released, one leading priest has urged prayer for victims and continued efforts for child protection.

Teens pack 100,000 meals for poor in Africa

Aug 2, 2013 - 12:04 am .- Participants at a youth conference in Atlanta helped feed the hungry of Burkina Faso, Africa, by volunteering to package more than 100,000 meals.

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