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Catholic World News

Headlines for August 01, 2012

Released Wednesday, Aug. 1

Obama to speak at annual Al Smith dinner CWN - August 1, 2012

President Barack Obama has accepted an invitation from New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan to speak at the annual Al Smith dinner, LifeSite news reports. The Al Smith dinner, an annual fundraiser,...

Regular prayer is vital, Pope tells audience CWN - August 1, 2012

A regular life of prayer is essential to salvation, Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on August 1. Speaking to a large group that crowded the courtyard of his summer residence in...

Obama administration: secular employers ‘generally’ lack constitutionally-protected religious freedom CWN - August 1, 2012

In arguing against a firm’s attempt to block application of the HHS mandate, lawyers for the Department of Justice stated that “for-profit, secular employers generally do not engage in any exercise...

Vatican spokesman challenges fellow Jesuits to focus on education, evangelization CWN - August 1, 2012

Addressing a conference of Jesuit heads of secondary schools, the director of the Holy See Press Office called upon his fellow Jesuits to renew their focus on education and heed Pope Benedict’s...

Lawyer for Pope's valet admits acquittal is unlikely CWN - August 1, 2012

The lawyer representing Paolo Gabriele, who was arrested in May in connection with the "Vatileaks" scandal, has conceded that his client is unlikely to be fully acquitted on aggravated-theft...

Lawyers dominate fundraising for SNAP CWN - August 1, 2012

Plaintiffs’ lawyers donated more than half of the money collected at a recent Chicago fundraising event for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), according to The Media...

Kansas bishops lament national debt CWN - August 1, 2012

Reflecting on the economy and the election, the bishops of Kansas outline principles of Catholic social teaching and note that “unlike issues involving intrinsic evils such as abortion, same-sex...

Minneapolis church scrubs appearance by state official in marriage-referendum dispute CWN - August 1, 2012

A Catholic church in Minneapolis has canceled a scheduled speech by Minnesota’s Secretary of State, Mark Ritchie, who has become the focus of controversy on a statewide referendum campaign to outlaw...

Australian clerics cool to program bringing priests from abroad CWN - August 1, 2012

A report for the Australian diocese of Maitland-Newscastle has concluded that a program of bringing in priests from overseas has left resident clerics “demoralized” and “sometimes resentful,” The...

Massachusetts diocese could face legal action for refusal to sell retreat center CWN - August 1, 2012

A Massachusetts man may bring legal action against the Diocese of Worcester, after the diocese rejected his bid to purchase a retreat center. Alain Beret reports that he had settled with the...

Egypt: Coptic teacher could face blasphemy charges for internet cartoon posts CWN - August 1, 2012

A Coptic man in Egypt could face criminal charges for allegedly mocking Islam on an internet web site. Bishoy Kamel, a schoolteacher, was arrested for posting cartoons on a popular...

Spain becomes Europe's center for in-vitro procedures CWN - August 1, 2012

Spanish fertility clinics account for roughly one-third of all the in vitro fertilization procedures undertaken in Europe, reports the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology....

Saudi woman may wear headscarf in Olympic competition, judges rule CWN - August 1, 2012

Officials at the London Olympics have ruled that a young Saudi woman may wear the Islamic headscarf, the hijab, while competing in judo. Wojdan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shaherkani will wear a...

Swiss bishops urge reflection on attitude towards money CWN - August 1, 2012

Writing on behalf of the Swiss episcopal conference, Bishop Markus Büchel of Sankt Gallen called upon Catholics to reflect on their attitude towards money during the economic crisis. Noting that...

Archbishop Wenski: acquiescence to threats to religious liberty is ‘not an option’ CWN - August 1, 2012

In a homily preached to state Catholic conference directors, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami contrasted the “healthy secularity” of America’s founding documents with the “radical” and “reductive...

Bishops' statement on religious liberty applauded as break from previous public stands CWN - August 1, 2012

In Catholic World Report, R. Michael Dunnigan writes that the US bishops' statement on religious freedom is a welcome change from many other statements issued by the American Catholic hierarchy in...

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