Archive of September 14, 2009

Sunday second collection boosts Maine marriage restoration campaign

Sep 14, 2009 - 11:13 pm .- Seeking to support a campaign to restore the definition of marriage to a union only between a man and a woman, the Catholic Diocese of Portland asked parishioners to donate to the campaign in a second collection on Sunday.

Future of Christians in Holy Land is uncertain, Patriarch says

Sep 14, 2009 - 09:54 pm .- The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, said recently that the future of Christians in the Holy Land is unsure, unless Christians in the rest of the world take concrete steps to sustain them.

Argentinean archbishop wary of state controlling media

Sep 14, 2009 - 07:10 pm .- The president of the Argentinean bishops’ Committee on Social Communications, Archbishop Agustin Radrizzani, said last week that just as it is important that the economy does not dictate the policies of the media, so also is it important that “politics does not seek its own ideological or economic interests in its use of the media.”

Canadian bishop rebuffs government tribunal’s authority to interfere in Church governance

Sep 14, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- Responding to the claims of an adult altar server who reported the Diocese of Peterborough to the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal for removing him from service, Bishop of Peterborough Nicola De Angelis has denied the authority of the tribunal to interfere in Church governance and has appealed for Catholic unity.

Colombians using Facebook to marshal opposition to abortion clinic

Sep 14, 2009 - 04:58 pm .- As of last Friday some 3,000 users have joined a Facebook group opposing the planned opening of an abortion clinic in the Colombian city of Medellin.  The group says its goal is to bring together the greatest number of users possible to make city officials aware that the majority of the city’s residents are opposed to the plan.

Bishop presents 33,000 signatures against abortion to Peruvian Congress

Sep 14, 2009 - 02:22 pm .- Last Friday Bishop Jesus Moline Labarta presented 33,000 signatures from voters against abortion to the Peruvian Congress in an effort to promote the defense of life from conception to natural death as the Constitutional Tribunal debates the legality of the morning-after pill.

Murder of Michigan pro-lifer a ‘non-story’ for Obama Catholics

Sep 14, 2009 - 12:18 pm .- While the pro-life movement was in mourning over the weekend following the murder of pro-life activist Jim Pouillon in Owosso, Mich., pro-Obama Catholics who reacted loudly after the murder of late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller have completely ignored the death of the peaceful pro-life activist.

Pope reflects on Jesus' example of service as he consecrates new bishops

Sep 14, 2009 - 11:20 am .- A rare event took place at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday when Pope Benedict XVI consecrated five priests as bishops who had served in the Vatican's government.

Outgoing Nuncio to Paraguay says Lugo harmed the Church by entering politics

Sep 14, 2009 - 10:32 am .- The outgoing Papal Nuncio to Paraguay, Archbishop Orlando Antonini, said last week that he hopes Paraguayans will acknowledge the suffering the Church endured over the decision by now President Fernando Lugo to abandon his vocation and enter politics.

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