Archive of October 21, 2009

Archbishop Nichols gathers London financiers to study Caritas in Veritate

Oct 21, 2009 - 11:34 pm .- Finance leaders of global influence met at Schroders Bank in London’s financial district on Wednesday morning to explore the relevance of Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.” The seminar, hosted by Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols, received a message of support from the Pope.

Towey to leave presidency of St. Vincent's at end of academic year

Oct 21, 2009 - 09:30 pm .- St. Vincent College has announced that Jim Towey will be stepping down as the institution´s president at the conclusion of the 2009/10 academic year, following 4 years of service. The former White House official highlighted the college's "Catholic witness" as a reason for the institution's strong growth under his tenure.

'Abortion crushes hope,' says Rep. Chris Smith at health care press conference

Oct 21, 2009 - 07:06 pm .- Pro-life leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the danger of federally-funded abortion being a part of health care reform.  One speaker, Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.), said that although President Obama ran his presidential campaign on “hope,” “abortion crushes hope” and is “its polar opposite.”

Archdiocese laments feminist praise for 30,000 legal abortions performed in Mexico City

Oct 21, 2009 - 03:47 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has criticized the so-called “success” celebrated by abortion supporters in the country after it was announced that 30,000 abortions have been performed in the capital since the practice was legalized.

Mother of Pope's personal secretary passes away

Oct 21, 2009 - 02:31 pm .- Gertrud Gänswein, the 78 year old mother of Pope Benedict's personal secretary, Msgr. Georg Gänswein died on Wednesday at her home in Freiburg, Germany, the Vatican announced today.

Manual for proper celebration of the Mass officially presented to the Pope

Oct 21, 2009 - 01:38 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Canizares, Prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, today officially presented Pope Benedict XVI with the “Compendium eucharisticum,” aimed at helping priests to properly celebrate Mass.

Peruvian Congress continues forward with measure to legalize abortion

Oct 21, 2009 - 01:07 pm .- A new bill that would legalize abortion in cases of rape and fetal deformation has moved through a Congressional committee in Peru and will be sent to the floor of the Peruvian Congress in the coming months, despite widespread opposition to the measure among voters.

Understanding the Faith requires friendship with Christ, Pope says

Oct 21, 2009 - 10:44 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed almost 40,000 people on Wednesday about a figure known as “the last of the Fathers of the Church,” St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The Holy Father spoke to the gathered faithful about how St. Bernard's example should show them that true understanding of the Faith requires an “intimate relationship with the Lord” and profound faith.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development aims collection at economic crisis

Oct 21, 2009 - 06:14 am .- This year’s Collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is intended to help struggling families in the midst of the national economic crisis, the U.S. bishops’ conference says.

Synod for Africa expresses deep sorrow over continent's conflicts

Oct 21, 2009 - 03:28 am .- The Seventeenth General Congregation of the Synod for Africa began in Rome on Tuesday with the reading of a letter from synod leaders who expressed their “deep sorrow” about the violent conflicts in Africa. The letter was read in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and 217 Synod Fathers.

Mother Teresa’s remains will not be returned to Albania, Indian government says

Oct 21, 2009 - 01:37 am .- The government of India has told the Albanian government that it will not allow the remains of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta to be returned to the land of her birth. Church officials insisted that any decision would ultimately rest with the Missionaries of Charity, who dismissed reports of the move as speculation.

Experts say Portuguese Nobel winner is showing ignorance of the Bible

Oct 21, 2009 - 12:43 am .- Several experts said this week that the statements by Jose Saramago about the Bible, which he called “a manual of bad customs, a catalogue of cruelties,” should lead the Church to value biblical culture and combat ignorance of Scripture.

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