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 July 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 13   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Nurse comforts
child in Libya

Nurse Fozya Al-Bike comforts 3-year-old Aya Ali at Hekma Hospital in Misrata, Libya, June 19. The girl was seriously injured when a wall, weakened by combat in her neighborhood, fell on top of her. She suffered a concussion, broken pelvis, broken leg, and other injuries. On her bed is a Quran. Fighting between rebels and troops loyal to Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi has raged in and near Misrata for months.
CNS photo/Paul Jeffrey
RIGHT: Catholic wins U.S. Open
Rory McIlroy holds up the U.S. Open trophy June 19 after winning the 2011 golf tournament at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md. McIlroy, a 22-year-old Catholic who grew up in a Protestant suburb of Belfast, Northern Ireland, broke 12 records in his 16-under-par victory, his first win of a major golf tournament. He is the youngest player to win the U.S. Open since Bobby Jones in 1923.
CNS photo/Mathieu Belanger, Reuters

BELOW RIGHT: Volunteers repair levee
Volunteers work to repair a levee that protects the Church of St. Therese, the Little Flower, in Minot, N.D., as floodwater from the Souris River spills over levees and dikes June 25. The wooden cross was erected by volunteers on top of the clay and sandbagged levee. The river peaked at slightly more than 1,561 feet above sea level, 4 feet above the record level it reached in 1881.
CNS photo/Allen Fredrickson, Reuters

BELOW: Princess visits
Little Sisters of the Poor

Sister Benedict Armstrong, superior of the Little Sisters of the Poor’s Jeanne Jugan residence in Washington, smiles as Princess Mathilde of Belgium greets resident Mary Nathan on June 27. The princess visited the residence during a trip to the nation’s capital with her husband, Prince Philippe, which also included a number of meetings with U.S. officials. The religious order for women established by St. Jeanne Jugan of France, provides housing and food services to the elderly poor.
CNS photo/Bob Roller

Parents should determine teen vaccinations: bishops

SAN FRANCISCO — California’s Catholic bishops have urged Catholics in their state to contact lawmakers and ask them to vote against a bill removing parental rights to a teen vaccination against sexually transmitted diseases.

The bill, which already passed in the state Assembly and is currently before the state Senate, would remove the parental consent requirement for vaccinating children 12 and older and would allow children to be given Gardasil vaccine intended to prevent human papillomavirus, or HPV — a virus that can cause cervical cancer.

Catholic Relief Services names new executive

Carolyn Y. Woo, dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame, has been named president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Woo, 57, will succeed Ken Hackett, who is retiring after 18 years as head of the bishops’ international relief and development agency. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Woo served on the CRS board of directors from 2004 until 2010 and traveled to observe the agency’s program in Africa and Asia, including Banda Aceh, Indonesia, soon after the Indian Ocean tsunami.

Josephite order names new superior general

Josephite Father William L. Norvel has been named the new superior general of the Josephite priests and brothers. He is the first African-American to lead the Baltimore-based order in its 140-year history. Currently pastor of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Washington, Father Norvel, 76, will serve a four-year term at the order’s Baltimore headquarters. Father Norvel had served as consultor general for the Josephites 1983-87, and as president of the National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus, 1985-87. He is credited with starting the gospel choir movement in Washington and Los Angeles.

Same-sex marriage OK undermines families

ALBANY, N.Y. — Following passage of legislation to allow same-sex marriage in the state, the Catholic bishops of New York expressed concern “that both marriage and family will be undermined by this tragic presumption of government.” In a June 24 statement, the heads of the state’s eight Catholic dioceses said they were “deeply disappointed and troubled” at approval of a bill that will “alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage.”

Seven Cristo Rey schools celebrate first graduates

WASHINGTON — Across the country this year seven Cristo Rey schools celebrated their first graduating classes and at many of these schools, the graduates were the first in their families planning to attend college. Jenifer Moreno, the salutatorian for the Don Bosco Cristo Rey High School in Takoma Park, Md., told fellow graduates June 2 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, that she was the first person from both sides of her family to graduate from high school and go on to college. Cristo Rey schools follow the model pioneered by Cristo Rey High School in Chicago, the Jesuit school that opened in 1996 and allows students to pay for most of their education by working five days a month in school-sponsored corporate internships that give the students work experience.

Order ‘saddened’ by Fr. Corapi’s departure

WASHINGTON — The Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity said it was “saddened” that Father John Corapi, one of the most visible members of its order, has decided to leave the order and the priesthood. Father Corapi, 64, declared June 17 in a YouTube video and a blog posting on one of his websites, that he was leaving because he could not get a “fair hearing” on misconduct allegations that were lodged against him in March and which included what the priest said were sexual abuse charges.

Professor says pro-life faculty often isolated

NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Many pro-life faculty on college campuses in the United States and Canada have experienced a strong sense of isolation and disrespect for their views, said the newly installed president of University Faculty for Life. They also often are denied university resources that are commonly available to other faculty and some have experienced out-of-hand rejection or little review of their articles or books that take the pro-life perspective, said Teresa Collett.

— Catholic News Service


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