Archive of June 11, 2009

Bolivian bishop calls on teachers to lead students to encounter with Christ

Jun 11, 2009 - 11:28 pm .- Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto in Bolivia called on Catholic teachers this week to be witnesses of Christ and help their students to encounter the Lord in the classroom, and thus educate the new generations in Christian values.

Peruvian bishops ask Canadian bishops to cut funding for pro-abortion groups

Jun 11, 2009 - 08:01 pm .- The Catholic Bishops of Peru have formally asked their Canadian counterparts to stop funding pro-abortion groups in Peru through the Canadian Catholic Organization of Development & Peace. Investigations have left “no doubt” such funding has taken place, a Peruvian pro-life leader says.

Testimony of Catholic paraplegic helped prevent four suicides

Jun 11, 2009 - 04:51 pm .- Mari Carmen Dominguez, mother of Olga Bejano, the most famous paraplegic woman in Spain who died last December, said this week that the books she helped her daughter write have caused four people to change their minds about committing suicide.

Venezuelan minister attacks bishops for their report to the Pope

Jun 11, 2009 - 02:50 pm .- Responding to the address by Archbishop Ubaldo Santana to Pope Benedict XVI during the Venezuelan bishops’’ recent ad limina visit, Venezuela’s Interior Minister, Tareck El Aissami, accused the bishops of becoming a “political party” that incites hatred.

Caritas Christi discussing ‘acceptable modifications’ to joint venture, Boston archdiocese says

Jun 11, 2009 - 01:26 pm .- Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley and Caritas Christi Healthcare System have again commented on Caritas Christi’s cooperation in a joint venture which may provide abortion services, saying its participation is “consistent with Catholic identity.” The archdiocese said in a statement that there are “active discussions” being held to make “acceptable modifications” to the arrangement.

Archbishop Gomez says U.S. Hispanic Catholics must confront secularism with evangelization

Jun 11, 2009 - 11:10 am .- In a Monday speech at Boston College, Archbishop José H. Gomez addressed a national symposium about the challenges and opportunities facing Hispanic Catholics in the United States. Noting the “aggressive” secular culture and “material and spiritual poverty” among Hispanics, he called for better education about their own history and the “fullness of the Gospel.”

Catholic mom's son fostered by homosexual couple against her wishes

Jun 11, 2009 - 06:40 am .- A Catholic mother in Britain who is unable to care for her son has objected to him being placed in the foster care of a homosexual couple. She has expressed concern the couple could encourage him into a way of life she does not agree with, amid reports the boy is already asking about homosexuality.

Vietnamese government secretly destroys Catholic monastery

Jun 11, 2009 - 05:07 am .- The Vietnamese government has renewed its seizures of Catholic Church properties in the country, demolishing several monasteries to build hotels and tourist resorts. The move has generated fears that the government has adopted a new and “harsh” approach to Catholics.

Bhutanese helped by Catholic Church to speak at World Refugee Day

Jun 11, 2009 - 02:55 am .- Two Bhutanese refugees resettled in the United States in 2008 through the U.S. bishops’ refugee resettlement program will speak at the World Refugee Day event on June 18. They show the problem of “statelessness” that thousands of Bhutanese, mainly ethnic Nepalis, face after being forced to leave their own country.

U.S. bishops release ‘Callings’ documentary about work as a vocation

Jun 11, 2009 - 01:08 am .- An hour-long documentary about work as a vocation will be released by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and made available for NBC stations and affiliates. It features a major league baseball player, a Catholic Charities social worker, a marine biologist and others who describe how their work is more a religious calling than a job.

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