Archive of June 18, 2009

Catholic Charities of Dallas prepares to receive 200 Burundi refugees

Jun 18, 2009 - 09:50 pm .- Catholic Charities of Dallas’ Refugee and Resettlement Services is expected to receive over 200 refugees this summer, mostly Burundians who have been living in Tanzania. Many Dallas-area Catholics have helped prepare for their arrival by assembling furniture for the refugees’ new homes.

Exaltation of youth has led to lack of appreciation of the elderly, Chilean bishop warns

Jun 18, 2009 - 06:08 pm .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, has said the stereotyped image of the elderly must be changed for one that is more realistic, and that the value of older adults amidst a society that exalts youth must be recovered.

U.S. Bishops approve Mass to celebrate gift of life

Jun 18, 2009 - 06:07 pm .- The U.S. Catholic Bishops voted today at their annual Spring meeting to approve a text for thanking God for the gift of human life.

U.S. bishops call on Obama for immigration reform to end migrants’ suffering

Jun 18, 2009 - 05:19 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), speaking at the conference’s annual spring meeting, called on President Barack Obama and congressional leaders to enact “comprehensive” immigration reform.

Cardinal Tauran calls on politicians to scrutinize society's morals

Jun 18, 2009 - 04:34 pm .- In a speech to religious leaders from around the world gathered in Rome ahead of the G8 Summit, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, called on the more than 100 participants to open their “spirits and hearts to the search for the common good.”

Brazilian bishops condemn murder of priest dedicated to youth ministry

Jun 18, 2009 - 01:41 pm .- The National Conference of Catholic Bishops has condemned the murder of their National Advisor for Youth Ministry, Father Gisley Azevedo Gomex, who died June 15. The bishops lamented that he was “a victim of the violence he desired to combat.”

Priests worldwide receive papal letter on eve of Year for Priests

Jun 18, 2009 - 11:35 am .- In preparation for the Year of Priests, Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Letter to the priests of the world, calling on them to live out the words of St. John Vianney, “The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus.”

President of Malta visits with Pope

Jun 18, 2009 - 10:42 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received the President of Malta, his wife and a delegation on Thursday morning at the Vatican. In discussions with the Vatican's Secretary of State, the president of the Catholic country spoke about certain trends in Maltese society and the ongoing issues in the Middle East.

PBS national board bans new religious programming, including Mass for Shut-ins

Jun 18, 2009 - 07:24 am .- The members of PBS’ national board have voted to ban any new religious programming from their affiliate stations, citing both concerns about “public trust” and a 25-year-old rule that has never been rigorously enforced. Anticipation of the vote already resulted in one station cancelling its Mass for Shut-Ins.

Lawsuit filed to overturn decision barring D.C. same-sex ‘marriage’ referendum

Jun 18, 2009 - 05:26 am .- A Washington, D.C. election board’s rejection of a voter referendum on its decision to recognize same-sex “marriages” contracted in other jurisdictions has been challenged in a lawsuit.

Planned Parenthood seeks to secure state funding amid California budget woes

Jun 18, 2009 - 03:33 am .- California’s budget crisis has prompted Planned Parenthood affiliates to fight proposed rollbacks in state programs which fund the organization. The organization has praised a budget committee for rejecting the proposed cuts and is trying to rally further opposition to budget changes through a publicity campaign.

Caritas encourages peace negotiations in North Korea, aid for the poor

Jun 18, 2009 - 12:15 am .- Caritas International issued a press release this week saying that aid for the poor rather than military action is the solution to ending the crisis in North Korea.

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