Archive of August 3, 2009

Vietnamese Catholics demand end to persecution in conflict with local government

Aug 3, 2009 - 11:20 pm .- Catholics from 178 parishes of the Diocese of Vinh held another massive protest on Sunday, demanding an end to overt persecution against Catholics in Dong Hoi. They also demanded the return of Church and individual properties illegally seized by police and an immediate halt to the ongoing propaganda and defamation campaign in the state media.

A million and a half candles for victims of abortion in Spain

Aug 3, 2009 - 10:05 pm .- On November 7, some 10,000 volunteers will light a million and a half candles for each of the children and young people missing from the Spanish population since abortion was legalized in 1985.

Brazil commemorates 300th anniversary of 'Flying Father'

Aug 3, 2009 - 07:50 pm .- The Santos Historical and Geographical Institute in Brazil is preparing to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the invention by Father Bartholomeu de Gusmao, a learned Brazilian priest who presented the King and Queen of Portugal with the first model of an airship that would use hot air to fly.

Papal recording 'Alma Mater' to be released in late November

Aug 3, 2009 - 06:26 pm .- Geffen UK/Universal Records has announced that a new recording of Marian hymns and prayers by Pope Benedict XVI entitled, “Alma Mater,” will be released at the end of November, with proceeds going towards music education programs in poor countries.

Capps amendment is a 'phony compromise,' Rep. Stupak says

Aug 3, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- Catholics United has once again come out in defense of the health care reform bill, claiming that the recently approved Capps Amendment will prevent an abortion mandate. But that claim is being hotly contested by pro-life organizations and lawmakers who say that, in practice, abortions will be federally funded if the legislation passes in September.

Pope Benedict XVI praying for victims of terrorist attack in Mallorca

Aug 3, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- This past Friday, Archbishop Juan del Rio Martin of the Military Archdiocese of Spain conveyed the solidarity and closeness of Benedict XVI to the family members and friends of the victims of last week’s terrorist attack in Mallorca.

Catholic congressman: I'd rather save my soul than vote for the health care bill

Aug 3, 2009 - 02:06 pm .- Rep. Anh “Joseph” Cao, (R-New Orleans), the first Vietnamese-American congressman and a Catholic,  announced this past weekend that, because of the “stealth mandate” for abortion still present in the Health Care bill, he prefers to “save his soul” rather than  vote in favor of it.

Eight out of 10 European inhabitants are immigrants

Aug 3, 2009 - 12:36 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, noted last week that the population in the European Union has reached 500 million, but he warned that this is due more to immigration than to the number of births, as 8 out of every 10 inhabitants of the EU are immigrants.

Two Episcopal dioceses nominate homosexuals to be bishops

Aug 3, 2009 - 10:51 am .- In 2003 the Episcopal Church was nearly torn in two by the nomination of the openly homosexual V. Gene Robinson as Bishop of New Hampshire. After a recent vote at the church's general convention to lift a moratorium on consecrating gay bishops, two dioceses have selected nominees who will test the vote.

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