Archive of July 9, 2009

President of Colombian bishops’ conference calls for release of all hostages

Jul 9, 2009 - 10:58 pm .- Following an announcement by Colombian president Alvaro Uribe to allow the participation of the Catholic Church in negotiations for the release of some hostages held by the rebel group FARC, President of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference Archbishop Ruben Salazar called for the liberation of "absolutely all the hostages," so that nobody will "continue to be held in the jungle."

Church in Mexico calls for Honduran refugees to be welcomed

Jul 9, 2009 - 07:03 pm .- The Commission on Human Mobility of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference has asked Catholics in Mexico to offer hospitality to Hondurans who are fleeing their country over the current political crisis.

DOMA challengers trying to judicially export homosexual 'marriage,' critic charges

Jul 9, 2009 - 05:57 pm .- The state of Massachusetts is challenging the constitutionality of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), claiming that the federal law which defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman violates states’ rights and is unjustly discriminatory. One pro-marriage advocate said the move was an attempt to “judicially export” homosexual “marriage.”

Obama to present Pope with stole of St. John Neumann

Jul 9, 2009 - 03:10 pm .- When President Barack Obama visits the Holy Father tomorrow, he will present a stole worn by St. John Neumann, a 19th century Redemptorist priest who is the patron saint of sick children and immigrants.

Soccer star Pele says violence is sport’s greatest problem today

Jul 9, 2009 - 02:06 pm .- In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Brazilian soccer legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as “Pele,” said he was grateful to God “for giving me the gift of playing soccer,” and denounced the violence that has become a part of the sport in recent times.

News media failing to fulfill its role in our democracy, Archbishop Chaput warns

Jul 9, 2009 - 01:11 pm .- At a Wednesday evening gathering of the Catholic business group Legatus, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver analyzed the influence of the media upon American Catholics. The news media, he said, has the important role in our democracy of protecting truth and pursuing reason, but it is failing to deliver.

Holy Father recalls WYD 2008, discusses situation on Korean peninsula

Jul 9, 2009 - 10:46 am .- This morning Pope Benedict recalled the joyful memories of World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia in a meeting with the country’s prime minister before sitting down with South Korea’s president and focusing on the concerns currently facing his country.

Head Knight of Columbus hopeful about upcoming Benedict XVI - Obama meeting

Jul 9, 2009 - 08:09 am .- Knights of Columbus leader Carl Anderson has expressed his hopes that the meeting between U.S. President Obama and Pope Benedict XVI this Friday will be a "wonderful opportunity" for sharing the Catholic faith. In an interview with CNA, Anderson said that the meeting will be a chance for the Pontiff to clearly explain Church teaching on a wide range of topics.

Catholic author creates comic to foster abortion discussion

Jul 9, 2009 - 07:25 am .- Matthew Lickona, author of “Swimming with Scapulars: True Confessions of a Young Catholic,” is now releasing a five-part comic series about a fetus named Alphonse who survives an abortion attempt and “sets out on a mission of revenge,” while his only friend persistently reminds him that payback isn’t the answer.

Caritas In Veritate a ‘roadmap’ for business professionals, Catholic business writer says

Jul 9, 2009 - 04:08 am .- The founder of the Catholic Business Journal has responded to Pope Benedict’s latest encyclical “Caritas in veritate,” characterizing it as a useful and practical “roadmap for all of humanity” that should be read by all business professionals.

Archdiocese of Sydney announces fourth adult stem cell research grant

Jul 9, 2009 - 02:20 am .- The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney has invited Australia-based researchers to apply for a $100,000 AUD grant to support and foster research on the therapeutic potential of adult stem cells.

Polish group protests Madonna concert scheduled for Feast of the Assumption

Jul 9, 2009 - 12:01 am .- A Polish religious group is planning prayer sessions to protest a concert by the American pop star Madonna scheduled for August 15, the Marian Feast of the Assumption, in Warsaw.

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