Archive of October 7, 2011

Growing Islamist violence threatens Church in Indonesia

Oct 7, 2011 - 07:39 pm .- The President of the Bishops Conference of Indonesia says the rise of radical Islam is resulting in increasing problems for the local Catholic Church.

House leaders highlight importance of life, marriage at summit

Oct 7, 2011 - 06:56 pm .- Prominent members of the U.S. House of Representatives spoke about the importance of defending life, marriage and religious freedom at a summit in the nation’s capital on Oct. 7.

Catholic Church responds to Horn of Africa crisis

Oct 7, 2011 - 05:35 pm .- The Catholic Church has announced a range of humanitarian initiatives to help alleviate the consequences of drought, hunger and armed conflict in the Horn of Africa.

Possible contraception link to HIV spread in Africa

Oct 7, 2011 - 03:07 pm .- Contraceptive use in Africa may increase the risk of acquiring HIV for both men and women, a new study says.

Uruguayan bishops encourage participation in Marian pilgrimage

Oct 7, 2011 - 02:06 pm .- The bishops of Uruguay are encouraging the country's Catholics to participate in a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of the 33.

Indonesia can be beacon of religious freedom, Pope says

Oct 7, 2011 - 01:55 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI told Indonesia’s bishops Oct. 7 that their country can be a shining example of religious freedom for the rest of the world.

US students remind Romans of Our Lady of the Rosary feast

Oct 7, 2011 - 10:55 am .- A joyful group of young American Catholics spent today on pilgrimage to Rome’s four ancient basilicas, singing the Rosary in Latin for the Feast Day of Our Lady of the Rosary as they went.

HHS director accuses Republicans of demeaning 'women's health'

Oct 7, 2011 - 10:10 am .- Health and Human Services director Kathleen Sebelius accused Republicans of stifling women's health by opposing Planned Parenthood funding as well as contraception coverage under insurance plans.

Supreme Court asks: could discrimination claim force female priests?

Oct 7, 2011 - 04:53 am .- A Lutheran teacher's lawsuit led to a provocative question being asked in the Supreme Court on Oct. 5: could government efforts to end job discrimination jeopardize the all-male Catholic priesthood?

Brazilian city hosts world's largest Marian procession

Oct 7, 2011 - 01:15 am .- On the evening of Oct. 4, two million people began converging on the city of Belém in the northeastern state of Pará, Brazil, for the largest Marian festival in the world.

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