Archive of September 23, 2009

Cardinal Newman Society publishes new edition of Catholic college guide

Sep 23, 2009 - 11:23 pm .- The Cardinal Newman Society has published a second edition of “The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College,” a free online resource for parents and students seeking a faithful Catholic higher education.

Church in Colombia exhorts FARC to begin releasing hostages

Sep 23, 2009 - 09:16 pm .- The Catholic Church in Colombia is urging the militant group FARC to begin the process of releasing the hostages it is holding and reminded the rebel group that the entire country “is pleading for this step to be taken.”

Catholic bioethicist discusses IVF embryo mix-up

Sep 23, 2009 - 07:55 pm .- In reaction to the news that a woman was implanted with an embryo from another couple, Father Thomas Berg, Executive Director of the Westchester Institute for Ethics and the Human Person, spoke to CNA about the tragedies that can happen in “the unregulated world of IVF.”

Study confirms most Americans want health care change but not abortion funding

Sep 23, 2009 - 06:08 pm .- A new study has found that while most Americans agree that changes must be made to the current health care system, the majority does not want their tax-dollars or health care premiums to go toward abortions.

British reports of papal visit bring Archbishop Nichols joy

Sep 23, 2009 - 04:35 pm .- Various British media outlets reported on Wednesday that Pope Benedict XVI has decided that he will visit Britain next September. Upon hearing the news, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, said the “prospect of a visit by Pope Benedict fills us with joy.”

Vatican spokesman says media is creating confusion over SSPX bishop

Sep 23, 2009 - 02:11 pm .- The director of the Holy See’s press office, Father Federico Lombardi, denied again today that Pope Benedict knew Bishop Richard Williamson held Holocaust diminishing beliefs before the Pontiff lifted the excommunication of the Pius X Society bishop. Such charges only “lead to creating confusion for no reason,” he said.

Follow Padre Pio’s example of service to God and neighbor, Pope urges

Sep 23, 2009 - 01:27 pm .- At the conclusion of today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the example of St. Pio of Pietrelcina as the Church celebrates his feast day and encouraged Catholics to follow his example of “generous service to God and neighbor.”

Supreme Knight appointed to board of Vatican bank

Sep 23, 2009 - 12:49 pm .- The Commission of Cardinals which oversees the activities of the Vatican's bank, formally called the Institute for the Works of Religion (IOR), has renewed the membership of the institute’s board and made a few new appointments. Among the new appointees is the head of the Knights of Columbus Carl A. Anderson.

Pope encourages Christians to love the truth and thirst for God

Sep 23, 2009 - 10:50 am .- Pope Benedict XVI traveled by helicopter from Castel Gandolfo to Rome for Wednesday’s general audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, where he called on all Christians to imitate St. Anselm of Canterbury's example of love for the truth and constant thirst for God.

Atlanta archbishop appointed to Synod for Africa

Sep 23, 2009 - 10:26 am .- The Holy Father has appointed Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta as a member of the forthcoming Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will be held at the Vatican from October 4-25, 2009.

The Pope is the 'rock' of the Church, says Cardinal Lajolo

Sep 23, 2009 - 10:06 am .- The president of the Vatican City State Governorate, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, recalled this week that Pope Benedict XVI is the successor of Peter, the “rock” of the Church, and as such “strengthens the brethren” and shepherds “the flock,” fulfilling the mission entrusted by Christ himself for the salvation of mankind.

Notre Dame pro-life efforts being tarnished by trespass charges, says law prof

Sep 23, 2009 - 06:08 am .- Respected Notre Dame law professor emeritus Charles E. Rice has criticized University of Notre Dame President Fr. John I. Jenkins’ announcement of new pro-life initiatives, saying they will be regarded only as a “cosmetic covering” unless charges are dropped against pro-life protesters arrested during President Barack Obama’s commencement speech.

Tens of thousands to begin 40 Days for Life campaign on Wednesday

Sep 23, 2009 - 03:29 am .- The 40 Days for Life autumn campaign will begin on Wednesday in 212 cities, starting efforts like prayer and fasting for an end to abortion, peaceful vigils outside abortion facilities, and grassroots community organizing.

Catholic Church in Australia seeks refugee status for WYD pilgrim

Sep 23, 2009 - 01:03 am .- The Catholic Church in Australia is trying to secure refugee status for a young Kenyan woman who came to Australia for World Youth Day and wants to stay because she claims that she will be circumcised and forced to marry if she returns to her country.

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