Archive of November 3, 2009

U.S. Anglican-Catholic meeting discusses immigration and new provision

Nov 3, 2009 - 11:12 pm .- The Vatican’s recent provision for Anglicans who want to become Catholic, immigration issues and Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Veritatis Splendor were the topics at a joint Anglican-Catholic theological meeting last week in Washington, D.C.

Dominican congregation says sister violated vows by volunteering as abortion clinic escort

Nov 3, 2009 - 10:33 pm .- Responding to the charges that one of its sisters was volunteering as an escort at a Chicago-area abortion clinic, the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation says it has informed Sister Donna Quinn, OP, that her actions are in violation of her vows. The congregation also expressed regret for the controversy and public scandal her efforts have caused.

Honduran Congress prohibits morning-after pill

Nov 3, 2009 - 07:26 pm .- A new law has taken effect in Honduras prohibiting the consumption and marketing of the morning-after pill in the Central American country.

Homosexual 'marriage' should not be approved, say Argentinean evangelicals

Nov 3, 2009 - 05:04 pm .- The Christian Alliance of Evangelical Churches from Argentina (CAECA) issued a statement last weekend arguing that “homosexual marriage,” which could be legalized by the Argentinean Congress, should not be approved because it would signify another step towards the destruction of true marriage and the family.

FBI investigating death of sister in New Mexico convent

Nov 3, 2009 - 04:57 pm .- Sister Marguerite Bartz, 64, was found dead on Sunday, Nov. 1 in St. Berard's Convent in Navajo, New Mexico by a colleague after she failed to show up for Mass that morning. Her death is being investigated as a murder by the FBI.

Church in Italy to issue clarification on cremation

Nov 3, 2009 - 01:50 pm .- The Italian Bishops' Conference is preparing to publish updated norms on funeral rites including cremation and the burial of ashes.

Pope says Christianity is central to Bulgarian, EU identity

Nov 3, 2009 - 01:42 pm .- In a meeting last Saturday with the new ambassador of Bulgaria, Nikola Ivanov Kaludov, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the importance of Christianity in the development of Bulgaria, which joined the European Union in 2007.

Vatican says visitation of women religious will issue public report

Nov 3, 2009 - 12:12 pm .- Cardinal Franc Rode issued a statement on Tuesday in response to questions about the motivation for the ongoing apostolic visitation of the women's religious communities in the United States. He said that his dicastery had been considering a visitation for years and that a report on the objective findings will be made public.

Report details harassment and 'anti-religious bigotry' after Prop. 8 passage

Nov 3, 2009 - 06:45 am .- A think tank has compiled and analyzed reports of the harassment, intimidation, and “gross expressions of anti-religious bigotry” shown in reaction to the successful passage of Proposition 8. If partisans of marriage redefinition continue to increase in power, the analysis warns, those who seek the preservation of marriage as a union of man and wife may risk paying a price legally, socially and economically.

Vietnamese bishop condemns government take over of monastery

Nov 3, 2009 - 04:19 am .- A Vietnamese bishop has strongly condemned the initiation of a “sorrowful” project to convert a monastery in the Diocese of Vinh Long into a public square.

School counselor targeted for supporting Maine’s pro-marriage Question 1

Nov 3, 2009 - 02:52 am .- A high school counselor is the subject of an ethics complaint to the Maine licensing board because of his appearance in a TV ad in favor of Maine’s Question 1, which would secure the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman. His defenders say the complaint is an attempt to silence supporters of marriage.

Pro-life congress to attract more than 1,000 from around the world

Nov 3, 2009 - 12:02 am .- The fourth International Pro-life Congress will take place from November 6-8 in Zaragoza, Spain featuring speakers from 14 different countries including the U.S., Canada, Uganda, Cuba and France.  Organizers expect 1,000 participants to attend from Spain and around the world.

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