Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Kenya’s bishops decry international push for contraception : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The bishops of Kenya have decried renewed international efforts to promote contraception in Africa.
  • Contraception, the bishops write, “is both dehumanizing and goes against the teaching of the Church, especially in a country like Kenya where a majority of the people are Christians and God fearing. It already threatens the moral fabric of the society and is an insult to the dignity and integrity of the human person.”
  • “The drive by foreign agencies, whose motives we hardly comprehend, to target millions of girls and women in Africa for the artificial family planning program by the year 2020 is unimaginable, dangerous and could lead to destruction of the human society and by extension the human race,” the bishops said in a statement.
  • “We cannot allow our country to be part of an international agenda, driven by foreign funds and by so doing, losing our independence and our African values of the family and society,” the bishops continued. “The same foreign forces are dedicating billions of shillings promoting same-sex unions while millions of women across are dying due to lack of proper maternal care facilities.”

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US report lists religious-freedom troubles worldwide : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpt is from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • An annual report on religious freedom throughout the world, released by the US State Department, "sends a signal to the worst offenders that the world is watching,” according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But a former State Department official charges that the Obama administration has done little to promote religious freedom.

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Friday, July 27, 2012

Green council accused of 'vilifying' Christian over gay marriage stance - Telegraph

The following excerpt is from The Telegraph:
  • Christina Summers, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council in Sussex, has been ordered to face a party disciplinary panel after voicing dissent over the issue.
  • She was the only member of the council, which prides itself on its progressive values, to vote against a motion in support of the Government’s plans to allow homosexual couples to marry at a meeting last week.

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British PM reiterates call for same-sex marriage, scolds churches that ‘lock out’ gay members : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpt is from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Addressing a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender reception, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to legalizing same-sex marriage and said that “obviously there’ll be arguments within the churches as well.”

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Monday, July 23, 2012

International Clamor for Asia Bibi’s Release Grows | Daily News | NCRegister.com

International Clamor for Asia Bibi’s Release Grows | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

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  • The world’s oldest functioning Christian monastery faces a clouded future, after an appeals court in Turkey ruled that the building sits on land not owned by the monks.
  • The Mor Gabriel monastery, built near the Syrian border, was established in 397 by Syriac Orthodox monks, and has been in continuous use since that time, welcoming up to 20,000 pilgrims each year.

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Some catechists object to profession of faith : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Some catechists object to profession of faith : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Chinese authorities 'investigating' bishop who renounced Patriotic Association membership : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpt is from Catholic World News:
  • Chinese authorities have announced an investigation into the conduct of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who is being held in custody after announcing his resignation from the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association.
  • Both the Patriotic Association and the Chinese bishops’ conference (which is recognized by the government, but not by the Vatican) have announced that they are looking into reports that Bishop Ma violated the rules of the bishops’ conference “with regard to bishops’ election and ordination.”

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Tuesday, July 03, 2012

VIETNAM Vinh: Catholics targeted by thugs and authorities. Dozens of faithful injured during - Asia News

The following excerpt is from AsiaNews.it:
  • Hanoi (AsiaNews) - A group of thugs linked to the Vietnam Patriotic Front, instigated by local authorities, targeted the faithful gathered in a house of prayer in Con Cuong district - Nghe An province, Vinh Diocese- as they gathered to celebrate Mass Sunday. The attack against the Catholic community took place on the evening of July 1 and is just the latest in a series of incidents of persecution that have targeted Christian communities in the area since November of last year (see AsiaNews 29/12 / Young Vinh Catholic kidnapped by police on Christmas Eve). Anonymous sources interviewed by AsiaNews also reported that the so-called "local authority" gave up to 25 dollars "compensation" to the thugs who beat priests and lay people who only wanted to gather to celebrate the Eucharist.

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Kenyan Christians killed in terror attack on church : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • At least 17 people were killed, and many others seriously wounded, in an armed assault on a Christian church in Garissa, Kenya, on July 1.
  • Armed men killed two guards, then threw grenades into the African Inland Church. When worshippers ran outside they were hit with a salvo of automatic gunfire.

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