Archive of June 21, 2012

Pope prays for Syria as worries of larger conflict loom

Jun 21, 2012 - 04:18 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI is praying that Syria ends its internal conflict, which he believes could have very serious consequences for the entire Middle East.

Emotional goodbye for young Italian mother who died for unborn child

Jun 21, 2012 - 04:01 pm .- Hundreds of Italians gathered at the Church of St. Francisca Romana in Rome on June 16 for the funeral Mass of Chiara Corbella, a young Catholic woman who died after postponing her cancer treatments in order to protect her unborn child.

Archbishop Gomez rejects 'capitulation' to HHS mandate

Jun 21, 2012 - 03:26 pm .- With the nationwide Fortnight for Freedom event beginning today, Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles said that any compromise that means Catholic institutions provide birth control insurance to employees is “capitulation” and “the temptation to serve the government instead of God.”

Vatican rolls out events, logo for Year of Faith

Jun 21, 2012 - 12:21 pm .- Many of the Vatican’s events for the forthcoming Year of Faith were announced today as organizers unveiled the official logo in Rome.

Study shows parents experience greater levels of happiness

Jun 21, 2012 - 12:05 pm .- A study by a group of psychologists from the Universities of Riverside, Stanford and British Colombia shows that parents experience greater levels of happiness than adults who do not have children.

Defense of Church requires revival of faith, Archbishop Chaput says

Jun 21, 2012 - 11:05 am .- While defending their freedom in public life, Catholics must also renew the Church spiritually, starting in their own lives, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a June 20 address to journalists.

Leaked e-mail shows media campaign against US bishops

Jun 21, 2012 - 04:05 am .- A leaked e-mail shows that the Democratic-leaning organization Faith in Public Life is running a behind-the-scenes media effort to undercut the U.S. bishops and the “Fortnight for Freedom” events intended to rally opposition to the HHS mandate.

Syrian bishop says civil war not the only option

Jun 21, 2012 - 02:03 am .- One of Syria's most senior Catholic bishops believes his country can still regain the path to peace and reform despite the armed revolt against President Bashar al-Assad now entering its 16th month.

LCWR officials brief leaders on 'difficult' Vatican meeting

Jun 21, 2012 - 12:47 am .- Officers of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious said that their June 12 meeting with Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith officials was “difficult” because of “differing perspectives” but they were able to express their concerns “with openness and honesty.”