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Headlines for September 08, 2010

Released Wednesday, Sep. 8

Qu'ran-burning is 'outrageous' gesture, Vatican says CWN - September 8, 2010

The Vatican has issued a strong statement condemning the “Burn a Koran Day” organized by a fundamentalist group in Florida. Noting that the observance is scheduled for September 11, on the...

Hong Kong cardinal criticizes Vatican congregation, warns of Communist persecution CWN - September 8, 2010

Communist China continues to persecute bishops who are faithful to the Pope, even when they have received government recognition, the retired bishop of Hong Kong said in an article published by...

Preparing for visit, Pope sends message to United Kingdom CWN - September 8, 2010

Eight days before his scheduled arrival in the United Kingdom, Pope Benedict XVI released a message to the people of that nation. During his regular public audience on September 8, the Pope read...

Pope, at audience, speaks on feminine insights of St. Hildegard of Bingen CWN - September 8, 2010

At his weekly public audience on September 8, Pope Benedict XVI continued his reflections on the contributions that women have made to Catholic theology, and particularly the influence of St....

Belgian cardinal admits he should have demanded resignation of abuser-bishop CWN - September 8, 2010

Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels conceded that he had made mistakes in his handling of sex-abuse allegations, and should have demanded the immediate resignation of a bishop who had molested a...

Cardinal McCarrick, US bishops’ official denounce bigotry against Islam CWN - September 8, 2010

A cardinal, a US bishops’ conference official, and 32 other religious leaders issued a statement on September 7 denouncing “categorically the derision, misinformation and outright bigotry being...

Panel of experts recruited to find ways to conserve Sistine Chapel frescoes CWN - September 8, 2010

The director of the Sistine Chapel has set up a panel of international experts to propose methods of conserving the frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, without restricting access for...

Judge rejects Obama administration’s request to lift stem-cell funding ban CWN - September 8, 2010

A federal judge on September 7 rejected the Obama administration’s request to lift his temporary ban on federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research. “In this Court's view, a stay would flout...

US government, military leaders warn against Qur’an burning CWN - September 8, 2010

A Florida Protestant minister’s plan to burn copies of the Qur’an on September 11 has drawn condemnation from US government and military leaders. Rev. Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center...

Poverty programs should stress jobs, not 'dole-outs,' Filipino nuns argue CWN - September 8, 2010

Missionary nuns in the Philippines have denounced an anti-poverty program that provides cash payments to needy families, saying that handouts do not solve the problem of poverty. “The poor should...

Mozart's music testifies to his faith, Pope says CWN - September 8, 2010

After a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at the papal summer residence on September 7, Pope Benedict XVI said that the work is “an exalted expression of faith.” Speaking at the conclusion of the...

Sweden recognizes 1st Catholic university since 1400s CWN - September 8, 2010

In a message published September 7, Pope Benedict expressed his hopes that Sweden’s first new Catholic university since the Middle Ages will be characterized by “the illustrious tradition of study,...

Sri Lankan archbishop draws famous speakers for convention on liturgy CWN - September 8, 2010

Archbishop Malcom Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka—the former secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship—has embarked on a determined effort to stimulate reverence for the Eucharist. As a major...

'Telemed' abortions being done illegally in Iowa? CWN - September 8, 2010

An editorial in the Des Moines Register supports the “telemed” abortions that are being performed in Iowa, and says that state laws should be changed to accommodate the practice. As pro-life blogger...

Austrian abortion clinic employees caught on tape assaulting pro-lifers CWN - September 8, 2010

In Vienna, Austria, abortionist Christian Fiala admits hiring people to harass and intimidate pro-lifers outside the clinic. Several physical assaults have been captured on videotape, but to date...

1,500 attend consecration of new parish in China CWN - September 8, 2010

Two bishops, joined by 40 priests and 1,500 faithful, attended the solemn consecration of the Parish of Jesus the Good Shepherd in the Diocese of Baotou on September 1. Both bishops were ordained...

British TV documentary on Pope will be a 'hachet job,' columnist reports CWN - September 8, 2010

Having seen an advance screening of a British television documentary on Pope Benedict XVI, columnist Damian Thompson of the Daily Telegraph reports that the show is such a heavy-handed attack that...

Vocations are plentiful for some dioceses, religious communities CWN - September 8, 2010

Writing for the National Catholic Register, Tim Drake singles out dioceses and religious communities that are reaping a harvest of vocations. A quibble: the title of the story refers to the “coming”...

Author's absurd claim: canon law protects priests from abuse trials CWN - September 8, 2010

Geoffrey Robertson, a human-rights lawyer and former UN judge, is generating publicity in Great Britain with his argument that the Vatican is using its sovereign status to shield priests who are...

Bishop defends social justice against critics CWN - September 8, 2010

A Connecticut bishop has defended the concept of social justice against critics who “have been telling Catholics to eliminate the term ‘social justice’ from any organization that speaks on Catholic...

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