Archive of August 29, 2012

Colombian Church supports peace talks between government, rebels

Aug 29, 2012 - 04:08 pm .- The Bishops' Conference of Colombia announced its support on Aug. 28 for new peace talks between the government and the Marxist rebel group FARC.

Cardinal George’s doctors schedule chemotherapy regimen

Aug 29, 2012 - 04:07 pm .- Cardinal Francis George will undergo six sessions of chemotherapy over a period of four months to treat his second bout of cancer.

Final Republican platform has strong religious freedom plank

Aug 29, 2012 - 01:58 pm .- The U.S. Republican Party included a significant section on the importance of religious freedom in its new official platform, adopted on Aug. 28 in Tampa, Fla.

Animal rights activists disrupt Mass, accuse priest of 'murdering' cat

Aug 29, 2012 - 11:38 am .- A group of animal rights activists disrupted Mass at the Church of the Miraculous Virgin in Lima, Peru, lobbing insults against the priest who was celebrating and accusing him of “murdering” a cat.

Prayer is best source of courage for facing hostile world, Pope says

Aug 29, 2012 - 10:39 am .- Pope Benedict XVI says the heroic sanctity of St. John the Baptist proves that a solid life of prayer is the best source of courage for Christians facing a modern world that is hostile to God and those who love him. 

Knights encouraged by Cardinal Dolan backing civility pledge

Aug 29, 2012 - 04:00 am .- The Knights of Columbus are “very encouraged” by Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s request that U.S. presidential and vice presidential candidates sign a civility pledge developed by the Catholic charitable fraternity.

Pontifical website aims to help lay Catholics worldwide

Aug 29, 2012 - 02:03 am .- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Laity is positioning its website as a resource for lay men and women ahead of Pope Benedict's Year of Faith, which will kick-off in October.

Philly archdiocese financial officer gets prison time in $900,000 theft

Aug 29, 2012 - 12:12 am .- Anita Guzzardi, the former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was sentenced on Friday to two to seven years in prison for stealing over $900,000 from the archdiocese’s general fund over a seven-year period.