Archive of September 15, 2009

Bishop says family cannot be defined by governments or parliament

Sep 15, 2009 - 10:44 pm .- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos, Spain told the faithful during a Mass for the 20th Marian Day of the Family that the family “is a natural institution made by God,” and that therefore “neither governments nor the parliament are the ones to be saying what makes up a family.”

Pope Benedict may visit Malta for anniversary of St. Paul’s shipwreck

Sep 15, 2009 - 07:55 pm .- A Vatican official responsible for pontifical visits will travel to Malta in October to consider a visit by Pope Benedict XVI in April 2010, the 1950th anniversary of St. Paul’s shipwreck on the island.

Memorial service for murdered pro-life activist to be held Wednesday

Sep 15, 2009 - 05:38 pm .- Friends and family of murdered pro-life activist Jim Pouillon will gather to pray and remember him at Willman Football Stadium in Owosso, Michigan on Wednesday afternoon.

Bishops of Venezuela denounce arbitrary dentention of protestors

Sep 15, 2009 - 04:53 pm .- The Venezuelan Bishops’ Committee on National Justice and Peace is deploring the arrest without cause of numerous individuals as a violation of their human rights, saying the arrests of those who were exercising their civil right to protest are intended to spread “fear among the rest of the citizens.”

Spanish cardinal warns against new abortion bill

Sep 15, 2009 - 03:05 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said this week the most serious element of the new bill on abortion is that it turns the practice into “a woman’s right.”

Religion plays central role in development, says Tony Blair

Sep 15, 2009 - 02:16 pm .- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told L’Osservatore Romano this week that religion, and concretely the Catholic Church, as “a crucial role in the development” of nations and is always oriented towards achieving the common good.

Asian Church charities reflect on Christian outreach in wake of typhoon

Sep 15, 2009 - 10:50 am .- The official papal charity Cor Unum has just concluded a retreat for the heads of Church charities throughout Asia. The retreat was focused on the theme "You did it to me" from Mt. 25:40 and was held at the Fu Jen Catholic University in Taipei, Taiwan.

Orthodox visit to Rome showcases improving relations

Sep 15, 2009 - 10:48 am .- The Russian Orthodox and the Roman Catholic Churches have improved relations under Pope Benedict XVI, and in a sign of a growing closeness, the Vatican announced today that Archbishop Hilarion, the Russian Orthodox head of External Church Affairs, is paying his first visit to Rome. 

Papal nuncio to host D.C. reception for Hispanic Heritage Month

Sep 15, 2009 - 06:19 am .- A reception for national Hispanic leaders will be held at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. to observe National Hispanic Heritage Month. The September 23 event is hosted by the Apostolic Nuncio and the San Antonio-based Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL).

British bishop says new atheist book ignores biblical scholarship

Sep 15, 2009 - 03:04 am .- Auxiliary Bishop of Birmingham David McGough has criticized a new book by the atheist author Philip Pullman, saying that his contention that St. Paul invented the divinity of Jesus would not be held by any respectable scholar of Scripture.

Korean Martyrs Museum-Shrine reopens in Seoul

Sep 15, 2009 - 12:10 am .- After two years of remodeling which included the addition of multimedia exhibits, the Korean Martyrs Museum-Shrine has reopened in Seoul.

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