Archive of July 9, 2011

Catholic leaders urge Congress to reduce spending wisely

Jul 9, 2011 - 05:50 pm .- Governmental budget cuts should not interfere with aid to the world’s poorest people, the U.S. bishops and Catholic Relief Services said in a letter to the House of Representatives.

Vatican spokesman recalls John Paul II’s message to South Sudanese

Jul 9, 2011 - 03:04 pm .- On the day the Republic of South Sudan becomes the world’s newest country, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, S.J., recalled Pope John Paul II’s historic visit to the troubled nation nearly 18 years ago.

Messaging monk brings joy through Facebook

Jul 9, 2011 - 01:09 pm .- With his long monk’s robe and well-worn sandals, Brother John Mary Ignatius doesn’t look like the mastermind behind a popular and rapidly growing Facebook page — one which has engaged more than 3,500 youth from across Europe and North America with witty videos, insightful comments and uncommonly authentic dialogue.

Fr. Corapi responds to some of his order's charges

Jul 9, 2011 - 12:19 pm .- On July 7, Fr. John Corapi denied he is guilty of some of the charges leveled against him by his religious order. However, his response did not address some of the serious complaints and instead focused on mostly financial and legal concerns.  

Date set for illicit bishop ordination in China

Jul 9, 2011 - 11:40 am .- Another Chinese episcopal ordination without the approval of Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to take place within the next week, further straining relations between the Holy See and China’s government.

Bishop Aquila urges sacrament of confirmation before First Eucharist

Jul 9, 2011 - 06:58 am .- Bishop Samuel J. Aquila of Fargo in a recent lecture examined the sacrament of confirmation and explained his reasons for believing children should receive it before First Eucharist.

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