Archive of June 2, 2011

Festival celebrating pilgrimage gets underway in Rome

Jun 2, 2011 - 09:08 pm .- Rome is hosting a gathering that would be unusual in almost any other city-- a festival showcasing possible pilgrimage destinations from 31 different countries.

Catholic bishops bet on Heat v. Mavericks NBA Championship

Jun 2, 2011 - 07:36 pm .- As the Miami Heat and the Dallas Mavericks begin the NBA Championship series, the Catholic bishops of the teams’ hometowns have made a friendly wager on the outcome.

Belgian abuse victims plan to sue Vatican

Jun 2, 2011 - 03:30 pm .- Lawyers acting on behalf of Belgian clerical abuse victims say they intend to sue the Vatican, despite the bishops of Belgium agreeing to compensate abuse survivors only two days ago.

Cuba sentences four dissidents to prison for government protests

Jun 2, 2011 - 02:02 pm .- A provincial court in Havana, Cuba has sentenced four dissidents to three to five years in prison for distributing pamphlets containing anti-government information.

Australian pilgrim house in Rome ready for visitors

Jun 2, 2011 - 01:19 pm .- Australians traveling to Rome now have a place that they can call home--Domus Australia – or Australia House. Cardinal George Pell of Sydney described the newly renovated pilgrim center as “a house, a community of religious inspiration.”

Public Rosary in San Francisco to draw thousands

Jun 2, 2011 - 06:01 am .- Fifty years after a 1961 public Rosary gathered over half a million people in San Francisco, a Catholic lay group is organizing the same event for October of 2011.

Physician sees profit motive behind Planned Parenthood's S. Dakota lawsuit

Jun 2, 2011 - 03:34 am .- Planned Parenthood is suing the state of South Dakota, saying its new abortion law threatens women's privacy and free speech. The co-founder of a South Dakota crisis pregnancy center says the real threat is to abortion provider's business model, which relies on women being coerced into abortion.

US Catholic bishops to consider statement on assisted suicide

Jun 2, 2011 - 12:36 am .- The U.S. bishops will debate and vote on a statement that strongly opposes physician assisted suicide--one of the most controversial topics in American society.

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