Archive of August 6, 2009

Pro-life congress in Colombia calls on politicians to defend life and family

Aug 6, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- Participants of the 11th International Congress for the Defense of Life taking place in Medellin, Colombia, issued a statement on Wednesday, underscoring the essential need to defend the right to life, marriage and the family, especially on the part of politicians.

Vietnamese government expands internet censorship to block Catholic websites

Aug 6, 2009 - 06:19 pm .- Following international news coverage of its violent reactions to Catholic protests, the Vietnamese government is again censoring Catholic web sites.The VietCatholic News site has long been blocked by the government. Now the censorship has extended to sites like Catholic News Agency, Catholic Online, Asia News, Catholic World News and Independent Catholic News, Sr. Emily Nguyen, who lives in Vietnam, tells CNA.

Pro-lifers crash 'death line' in Argentina

Aug 6, 2009 - 05:03 pm .- A telephone service set up by the pro-abortion organization “Women on Waves” to explain how to get illegal abortions in Argentina was crashed by pro-lifers this week who saturated the line with calls and maxed out the system’s voice mail.

Church will have no part in health care that destroys life, New York archbishop insists

Aug 6, 2009 - 02:52 pm .- “Health care reform is a good thing,” New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan told CNA on Wednesday during in interview in Phoenix, Arizona.  However, if it “leads to the destruction of life, then we say it’s no longer health care at all - it’s unhealthy care and we can’t be part of that.”

Bishop Lori addresses the fear and ‘scandal’ of death

Aug 6, 2009 - 02:00 pm .- The Supreme Chaplain for the Knights of Columbus, Bishop William Lori, spoke to the Knights during their memorial Mass for deceased Knights and loved ones about the natural fear of death and what lies beyond this life.

Bishops of Mexico call on drug lords to abandon violence

Aug 6, 2009 - 01:33 pm .- The Bishops of Mexico announced this week they would be praying for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Holy Spirit that drug traffickers in the country would abandon violence, after police interrupted a Mass this week in order to capture a renowned drug lord.

Sacramento bishop's cause for beatification advances, testimonies being gathered

Aug 6, 2009 - 10:34 am .- In October of 1991, Auxiliary Bishop Alfonso Gallegos of Sacramento died in a car accident. His Christian virtues, his defense of the unborn and his devotion to the needy, especially to immigrants, led to the opening of his cause of beatification, which recently received a new boost.

Wyoming family wins ‘Family of the Year’

Aug 6, 2009 - 10:26 am .- The Vetter family of Torrington, Wyoming is this year’s recipient of the Knights of Columbus award for Family of the Year. The honor was presented to Leland Vetter, his wife and 10 children yesterday during the awards session of the Knight’s annual conference in Phoenix.

New pro-life campaign will insist that abortion is not health care

Aug 6, 2009 - 06:02 am .- Pro-life advocates hoping to ensure that abortion is not furthered in proposed health care legislation are planning a campaign of public prayer vigils, rallies, lobbying and demonstrations urging “Abortion is Not Health Care.”

Australians prepare to celebrate ‘undaunted’ Bl. Mary MacKillop

Aug 6, 2009 - 02:23 am .- Catholic Australians are planning to mark the August 8 feast day of Blessed Mary MacKillop and the 100th anniversary of her death with Masses and various other celebrations in honor of the co-foundress of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Australia.

Vatican visitation of women religious to look at fidelity to doctrine and charism

Aug 6, 2009 - 12:18 am .- The Apostolic Visitator leading the visitation to institutes of women religious in the United States has sent the effort’s working document to the heads of U.S. orders. The document details the aims of the visitation and encourages the orders to reflect on their fidelity to their original charisms and their conformity with the Second Vatican Council.

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