Headlines from Apollo – Soccer Star, Virgin Mary, Nuns, Pro-Life Victory and Bishop in ChinaJuly 9, 2012 No Comments
July 9, 2012 / MariaNews.com
Headlines from Apollo
Apollo: Here is one Catholic athlete who can really serve as an excellent role model for Catholic young people worldwide!
1. Soccer Star wears Our Lady of Medjugorje under his jersey
In a recent interview with Radio Mir, Croatian soccer star Mate Bilic spoke about his attachment to Medjugorje and explained that he is a regular visitor to the village.
The 31-year-old striker said that Medjugorje is never very far away (see photo), even when in Spain where he plays professional soccer with the Spanish club Sporting Gijon,
“It’s always there, in my heart ” said Mate, “and I gladly testify to Medjugorje.”
Apollo: Below is a news report comparing the more progressive Leadership Conference of Women Religious with the more traditional Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, and guess which one is attracting more vocations?
2. Where the Nuns are, 2010 - On February 2, the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations offered the results of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate’s (CARA) “The Profession Class of 2010 Survey,” a survey of religious sisters who professed perpetual vows in 2010.
The survey was sent to sisters represented by the two conferences of religious women, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) and the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR), and contemplative communities. Respondents represented 52 religious orders.
Apollo: Another pro-life victory!
3. Appeals panel overturns language of mandate for pro-life pregnancy centers
In a ruling hailed by Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori as “a major victory for the First Amendment,” a federal appeals court in Richmond said two Maryland pregnancy centers cannot be compelled to post notices that they do not have licensed medical professionals on staff.
In separate decisions, a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned ordinances passed by the Montgomery County Council and the Baltimore City Council in 2010 but never enforced because of court challenges.
Writing for himself and Judge G. Steven Agee in the Montgomery County case, Judge Paul V. Niemeyer said the county “is entitled to believe that pregnancy is first and foremost a medical condition, but it may not compel unwilling speakers to express that view.” He said pregnancy centers that did not provide or refer for abortions were being “singled out for disfavored treatment.”
Apollo: Must see
4. China has new courageous bishop – refuses Govt. mandate
Shanghai has a new bishop – Thaddeus Ma Daqin. He was ordained with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI and the Government of the People’s Republic of China on July 7.
Showing courage and leadership, Bishop Ma told the congregation of more than 1200 people present at the ceremony– including government officials – that he would no longer hold any position in the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA). At the time of his ordination he was vice-chairman of Shanghai CCPA and a member of the national CCPA’s standing committee.
The CCPA was created by the Beijing Government in the late 1950s to control the Catholic Church in the mainland, but Benedict XVI stated clearly in his 2007 letter to Catholics in China that this association is “incompatible” with Catholic doctrine.
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