Archive of October 28, 2009

Critics slam HBO show that mocked Catholic devotion to Jesus

Oct 28, 2009 - 10:55 pm .- Catholic critics have reacted to an HBO show that had a scene showing a painting of Jesus being urinated on and which also mocked Catholic devotion to Jesus. They have questioned an apparent double standard in the treatment of religions and have called for an apology from the show’s producers.

President Obama signs federal hate crimes law under banner of change

Oct 28, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- President Obama signed the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act into law this afternoon in the East Room of the White House. The law, which secured passage by being attached to a military spending bill, is being flagged by Christians as a possible vehicle for preventing them from teaching against homosexuality.

Catholic archbishops make ‘friendly wager’ on outcome of World Series

Oct 28, 2009 - 05:28 pm .- The Archbishops of New York and Philadelphia have made a “friendly wager” on the outcome of the 2009 World Series, promising to send the other a batch of their own city’s specialty food if their home team loses.

Texas Catholic bishops: Current health care bill fails to protect all human life

Oct 28, 2009 - 01:58 pm .- All of the Catholic bishops in Texas released a statement on health care reform on Tuesday, warning that the legislation currently under consideration does not adequately ensure the protection of all human life.

Benedict XVI appoints auxiliary bishop to Diocese of Joliet

Oct 28, 2009 - 11:09 am .- The Vatican announced on Wednesday that Pope Benedict has appointed Father Joseph Siegel as an auxiliary bishop for the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois.  Bishop-elect Siegel is currently a pastor of Visitation Parish in Elmhurst, Ill. and has served the Diocese of Joliet since his ordination in 1988.

Holy Father to visit childhood home of Pope Paul VI

Oct 28, 2009 - 10:49 am .- Today it was announced that Pope Benedict will make a pastoral visit on Sunday, November 8, to the northern Italian towns of Brescia and Concesio, the birthplace of Pope Paul VI.

Pope calls Catholics to daily meditation on the Bible

Oct 28, 2009 - 10:37 am .- At today's General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict provided a lesson on the theological renaissance of the 12th century, advising Christians to learn from the monks and set aside time every day to meditate on the Bible, “so that the Word of God will be the lamp that illuminates our daily path on earth."

Christians most numerous victims of religious freedom violations, archbishop tells U.N.

Oct 28, 2009 - 06:27 am .- Christians suffer the greatest number of violations of religious freedom, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio who leads the Holy See’s Permanent Observer Mission to the United Nations, told the U.N. General Assembly last Wednesday. He called for the revision or repeal of anti-blasphemy laws, saying their abuse aids such discrimination.

Carl Anderson to receive Rome’s Lupa Capitolina award in honor of Knights’ service

Oct 28, 2009 - 04:06 am .- Supreme Knight of Columbus Carl A. Anderson on Wednesday will receive the city of Rome’s Lupa Capitolina (The Wolf of the Capital) award in honor of the nearly 90 years of service of the Knights in Rome.

U.S. bishops to vote on chairmen for five USCCB committees

Oct 28, 2009 - 03:02 am .- With the approach of the U.S. bishops’ fall assembly, the nominations for five committee chairmanships of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have been announced.

President of Constitutional Court suggests prohibiting sale of morning-after pill in Peru

Oct 28, 2009 - 02:18 am .- The president of the Constitutional Court of Peru, Juan Vergara, has asked the Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte, to prohibit the sale of the morning-after pill in pharmacies due to its abortifacient effects.

Archbishop Dolan plans to imitate Fulton Sheen and Cardinal O'Connor

Oct 28, 2009 - 12:48 am .- Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told EWTN host Raymond Arroyo in an interview last Friday on “The World Over Live” that he hopes to reach out to and communicate with the world using media  like his predecessors,  Archbishop Fulton Sheen and Cardinal John O'Connor.

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