Archive of June 23, 2009

Cardinal Rouco re-consecrates Spain to the Sacred Heart

Jun 23, 2009 - 10:23 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, celebrated Mass this weekend at the Hill of Angels in Getafe, where he renewed the consecration of Spain to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was first done 90 years ago.

Brave Catholic Army chaplain dies from injuries suffered in Iraq

Jun 23, 2009 - 09:06 pm .- U.S. Army chaplain Fr. Tim Vakoc, who was severely injured five years ago by a roadside bomb in Iraq while returning from saying Mass with troops in Mosul, died on Sunday at the age of 49.

Unity with Pope key to facing divisions in the Church, says Cardinal Rivera

Jun 23, 2009 - 07:56 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said in his homily on Sunday that the internal divisions in the Church need to be overcome through unity with Peter's Successor, “to whom the Lord has entrusted the helm of the Church.”

U.S. bishops express support for Bishop D’Arcy on Notre Dame

Jun 23, 2009 - 05:02 pm .- The latest gathering of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) expressed “appreciation and support” for Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend John D’Arcy, a central figure in the controversy over the University of Notre Dame’s commencement invitation to President Barack Obama.

Franciscans re-elect Minister General and conclude Chapter

Jun 23, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- During a press conference at the conclusion of their 187th General Chapter, the Order of Friars Minor O.F.M. announced that the current Minister General, Father Jose Rodriguez Carballo, has been elected to a second term.

Distribution of morning-after pill prohibited in Chile

Jun 23, 2009 - 01:50 pm .- The National Comptroller’s Office of Chile, which oversees a wide range of government activities, issued a decree on June 16 prohibiting the distribution of the morning-after pill by all municipalities and by any private or public organization.

Cardinal Vallini deplores distribution of condoms in Rome schools

Jun 23, 2009 - 12:18 pm .- The Pope’s Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Agostino Vallini, has deplored the decision of the Provincial Council of the Italian capital for installing condom machines in the city’s schools, calling it an attack on the sexuality and emotional wellbeing of young people.

As Year for Priests begins, Pope prepares to close Pauline Year

Jun 23, 2009 - 10:21 am .- Right now the Church is in a period of liturgical overlap, with the Year for Priests having begun last Friday and the Year of St. Paul set to conclude on June 28. The Pope's Office of Liturgical Celebrations announced today that the Holy Father will close the Pauline Year with Vespers next Sunday.

Obama plan to disband Bioethics Council draws criticism

Jun 23, 2009 - 06:14 am .- Last week, it was made public that President Obama will disband the President’s Council on Bioethics, and create a new bioethics commission, whose members he will appoint. The decision has drawn criticism from those who believe it is simply an attempt to replace current Council members with more liberal ones.

Bishop Murphy strongly corrects Catholic county official on same-sex 'marriage'

Jun 23, 2009 - 04:16 am .- The about-face on homosexual “marriage” accomplished by Thomas Suozzi, a Catholic who serves as the executive of Nassau County, New York, has drawn a strong rebuke from Bishop William Murphy. In his statement, the bishop spoke of the real meaning and a purpose of marriage “that homosexual relationships cannot fulfill.”  

Struggling to keep members, NOW picks O'Neill

Jun 23, 2009 - 01:57 am .- In a close election, members of the National Organization for Women (NOW) voted last weekend to elect Terry O’Neill as their new president, despite concerns that younger leadership may be necessary for the organization’s survival.

Catholic Church in Guatemala reeling from Evangelical conversions

Jun 23, 2009 - 12:35 am .- A recent report from a Catholic charity indicates that the Catholic Church in Guatemala is being seriously threatened by the growth of Evangelical sects that try to win converts with offers of money and other goods.

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