Archive of October 9, 2009

Synod for Africa ponders how to tackle polygamy, meddling by foreign interests

Oct 9, 2009 - 10:21 pm .- Yesterday and today at the ongoing Synod for Africa, bishops raised issues of concern that ranged from how to deal with polygamy to asking sister Churches in developed countries to persuade their governments to stop trying to impose “ideologies that are foreign to Africa.”

Survey finds majority of Americans still against same-sex ‘marriage’

Oct 9, 2009 - 05:35 pm .- A new survey shows that a majority of Americans continue to oppose same-sex “marriage” and consider homosexual behavior immoral. However, opponents of same-sex “marriage” may have become more favorable towards allowing legal arrangements for homosexual couples.

God, not Obama will bring peace to the Middle East, says Jordanian bishop

Oct 9, 2009 - 02:25 pm .- The Vicar of Jordan, Most Rev. Selim Sayegh, spoke to CNA in Amman last week about the tensions in the Middle East as well as the diminishing number of Christians in the area.  He noted that Catholics can assist those struggling in the region by praying for peace because “true peace comes from the Lord,” not Obama, or Israeli/Palestinian leaders.

Vatican appreciates Obama receiving Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 9, 2009 - 12:59 pm .- The Vatican offered its appreciation today for President Barack Obama’s work for peace on the international level, following the announcement that the president the winner of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize.

Pope tells young concert performers, 'never yield to the temptation of war'

Oct 9, 2009 - 11:19 am .- Pope Benedict XVI attended a concert on Thursday evening as part of commemorations for the 70th anniversary of World War II. The Holy Father prayed that "the recollection of those sad events be a warning, especially to the new generations, never to yield to the temptation of war," and pointed to the ecumenical movement as a means to held build a civilization of peace.

Pope Benedict to receive paralyzed artist’s portrait of Fr. Damien

Oct 9, 2009 - 06:24 am .- As the October 11 canonization of Fr. Damien de Veuster approaches, an art teacher is leading a small group from Hawaii to Rome to present Pope Benedict XVI with a portrait of the saint painted by an artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.

Hyde Amendment does not apply to present health care bills, pro-life group says

Oct 9, 2009 - 03:22 am .- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is erroneously claiming that the Hyde Amendment which restricts federal funding for abortions will apply to federal health care reform legislation, the National Right to Life Committee has charged.

Relief agencies respond as S. Indian flooding forces millions from homes

Oct 9, 2009 - 01:29 am .- Over 2.5 million people have been forced from their homes by heavy rains and flooding in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in South India. Caritas India says it fears the worst is still to come, with more rains in the forecast threatening to overflow river banks and dams.

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