Monday, June 25, 2012

Weekly News (Fourth Week of June 2012)

1. Pope Gives Advice to Keep Catholics From Falling Away:

Be Better Believers, More Pious, Welcoming in Our Parishes

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 22, 2012 ( Benedict XVI met today with a group of bishops from Colombia in Rome for their ad limina visits, offering them some concrete advice on growing religious pluralism and the increasing presence of evangelical communities in the country. [Read More]

2. Priest Raps Bill Banning Religious Rites, Symbols in Gov't Offices

MANILA, June 20, 2012—An executive official of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines hit a proposed bill seeking to impose a ban on holding religious ceremonies and displaying religious symbols in government offices on the pretext of religious freedom. [Read More]

3. California Flaunting Deviant Lifestyles in Upcoming Parades

A California family leader says two "gay pride" events scheduled in the state are harmful because they advocate for "false rights." [Read More]

4. Marian Event Answer to Threats vs. Life, Practice of Faith

MANILA, June 18, 2012—As the moves to uphold life and the faith must always be accompanied by the Blessed Mother, a Marian Congress on Faith & Life has been organized as the Catholic faithful’s answer to the current threats against life and the practice of faith. [Read More]

5. Linda Harvey: Don't Get Married - Get Even

How ‘non-discrimination’ laws are used to discriminate against people of faith

Relatively few self-identified homosexuals get “married,” even when same-sex unions become legal. But perhaps that was never the main point anyway. [Read More]

6. Abortion Proponents Admit Defeat at Rio Conference

RIO DE JANERIO, June 20 (C-FAM) In an astounding show of solidarity, a diverse group of countries rallied together with the Holy See to successfully remove any mention of reproductive rights or population control from the final outcome document produced during the last round of UN negotiations at the Rio +20 conference this week. [Read More]

7. Study: Belief in Hell is Associated with Reduced Crime

EUGENE, OR June 21, 2012 ( - Religions are thought to serve as bulwarks against unethical behaviors. However, when it comes to predicting criminal behavior, the specific religious beliefs one holds is the determining factor, says a University of Oregon psychologist. [Read More]

8. Catholic Charity Helps Lift People Out of Poverty

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Allison Yancey and her family, of Wadesville, Ind., had been sponsoring a Filipino child through the charitable organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) for 11 years, but it wasn’t until she joined a mission trip in 2011 and met her sponsored child that she fully realized the impact of their sponsorship. [Read More]

9. The After Effects of Bullying Can Last a Lifetime [Read More]

10. Vatican Unveils ‘Year of Faith’ Plans

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has approved a formula for a special “Mass for the New Evangelization” for the upcoming Year of Faith, as well as devised an official hymn, a dedicated website and a multilingual pastoral guide to coincide with the event. [Read More]

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