Archive of July 20, 2009

Israeli officials halt distribution of booklet alleging Vatican support for Hezbollah

Jul 20, 2009 - 10:15 pm .- Israeli officials have halted the distribution of a booklet published by an American Orthodox Jewish Group and given to Israeli Defense Forces soldiers. The move follows reports of the booklet’s claims that the Pope identified with Hezbollah and that the Vatican took Hezbollah officials on a tour of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Family fulfills mission when it transmits the Gospel, Brazilian archbishop states

Jul 20, 2009 - 08:44 pm .- The president of the Brazilian bishop’s Committee on Life and the Family, Archbishop Orlando Brandes of Londrina, said last week, “When a family passes on religious principles, the Gospel to their own children, it is fulfilling its mission as the domestic Church.”

White House official: Abortion funding will be part of health care reform debate

Jul 20, 2009 - 07:02 pm .- The White House budget chief has said that he will not rule out whether a government-funded public health insurance proposal will allow taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Rather, the matter will be “part of the debate.”

Caritas in Veritate is formidable message of hope, says French cardinal

Jul 20, 2009 - 06:25 pm .- During the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI’s new encyclical Caritas in Veritate to politicians, union leaders and other French officials, the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vignt-Trois, said the letter is a “formidable message of hope” from the Holy Father to all humanity.

Vatican daily recalls 40th anniversary of first lunar landing

Jul 20, 2009 - 04:57 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano published a series of articles today commemorating the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing on July 20, 1969, by Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins.

Mexican bishops call for end to violence in Michoacan

Jul 20, 2009 - 02:38 pm .- The bishops of the ecclesiastical province of Morelia in Mexico have called for an end to the violence that has plagued the region. They have also implored Mexicans in the area to participate in the Triduum of Prayer for peace July 23 to 25.

Obama misled Pope on his abortion agenda, congressman charges

Jul 20, 2009 - 01:40 pm .- In remarks on the House floor last week, Congressman Chris Smith argued that President Obama purposely misled Pope Benedict XVI when he said that he “wants to reduce abortion” at their July 10 meeting.

Pope receives laptop to help him work after injuring his wrist

Jul 20, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- The Italian technology firm Olivetti has given Pope Benedict XVI a top-of-the-line laptop computer to help him continue writing the second part of his book, “Jesus of Nazareth,” after he fractured his wrist  last Friday while on vacation.

Pope prays for soul of Cardinal Margeot

Jul 20, 2009 - 11:02 am .- This past Friday, Cardinal Jean Margeot, 93, passed away in Maritius, an island located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Upon learning of the cardinal's death, Pope Benedict sent a telegram to Bishop Maurice Piat of Port Louis, praising the cardinal's lifelong dedication to God and offering his prayers.

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