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 September 5, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 15   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

Hurricane Irene aftermath
Workers use squeegees and dryers to clear water from the lunchroom at St. Peter the Apostle School in New Castle, Del., Aug. 29. The room was flooded with a foot of water after Hurricane Irene stormed through the area. The hurricane left more than 3 million homes and businesses along the East Coast without power. Damages were estimated at more than a billion dollars.
CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Earthquake damage
Spaces are seen in one of the four spires Aug. 24 where stones fell from St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Wilmington, Del, after a magnitude 5.8 earthquake shook the East Coast the previous day. The quake, centered in Virginia, could be felt as far away as Detroit, north of Toronto and into Florida.
CNS photo/Don Blake, The Dialog

Demonstrators protest violence
A man holds up a white cross as people demonstrate against violence in Monterrey, Mexico, Aug. 28. At least 50 people died in an Aug. 25 arson attack on a casino in Monterrey. The wealthy city increasingly has fallen prey to the ravages of drug cartels and organized crime.
CNS photo/Carlos Jasso, Reuters

San Francisco archbishop undergoes heart surgery

SAN FRANCISCO — Archbishop George H. Niederauer of San Francisco was “doing well” in the intensive care unit at Long Beach Memorial Hospital Aug. 29 after undergoing successful cardiac double-bypass surgery, the archdiocese reported.

The 75-year-old archbishop was taken to the hospital’s emergency room Aug. 28 by Cardinal William J. Levada, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and former archbishop of San Francisco, after experiencing “some chest discomfort” during the weekend.

The two had been “in the final days of their vacation in Southern California,” the archdiocese said.

Cardinal names 159 clergy accused of abuse

BOSTON — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston has released the names of 159 of the 250 Boston archdiocesan priests or deacons accused of sexually abusing a minor, including 22 whose cases have not been resolved canonically. In a six-page letter to the people of his archdiocese Aug. 25, the cardinal said the decision represented “one more step forward in our efforts to assume responsibility for our past failures and reaffirm our commitment to assure that our present-day standards protect the children of our community.”

Arizona court affirms state abortion limits

PHOENIX — Just two years ago, those attending the annual luncheon of parish respect life coordinators in the Phoenix Diocese were rather discouraged as they faced a new, pro-abortion administration in Washington and the specter of the Freedom of Choice Act that threatened to guarantee abortion rights and negate federal, state and municipal restrictions on abortion. But this year’s gathering Aug. 19 came a day after the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that restrictions on abortion passed by the state Legislature were both reasonable and constitutional. Following the Court of Appeals decision, Planned Parenthood announced that effective Aug. 22, it would no longer perform abortions at seven of its Arizona clinics.

Baltimore archbishop to head knights’ group

BALTIMORE — Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien of Baltimore as pro-grand master of the Equestrian Order (Knights) of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem, based in Rome. The order is a chivalric organization dedicated to promoting and defending Christianity in the Holy Land, supporting the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem and responding to the needs of Catholics in the region. Its origins date back to the First Crusade, when its leader, Godfrey de Bouillon, liberated Jerusalem.

Project will record New Testament in Latin

WASHINGTON — A new initiative got under way this summer for the first audio recording of the New Testament in Latin. Vatican Press has partnered with Faith Comes By Hearing, a nonprofit, donor driven interdenominational ministry “committed to the mission of reaching poor and illiterate people worldwide with the Word of God in audio” for the audio recording of the Neo-Vulgate, the Catholic Church’s official Latin translation.

500th year of first dioceses in the Americas

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic — Hundreds of Catholics gathered at the oldest cathedral in the Americas Aug. 8 to mark the 500th anniversary of the first Catholic dioceses in the Western Hemisphere. The celebrations marked the anniversary of the establishment of the first three dioceses in the Americas on Aug. 8, 1511, by Pope Julius II. The other two dioceses are located in La Vega, Dominican Republic, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Religious leaders fast to protest liquor policy

BANGALORE, India — Churches in southern Kerala state publicly expressed their opposition to the state’s liberalized liquor policy with a fast led by half a dozen bishops and dozens of prohibition activists. Kerala’s coalition government held talks with dozens of prohibition activists, including Bishop Sebastian Thekethecheril of Vijayapuram, in mid-July and pledged to impose stringent measures to curb rampant alcoholism in the state. But the liquor policy announced by the government in July was “totally disappointing,” Bishop Thekethecheril said.

Irish bishop reiterates apology, offers to meet

DUBLIN — Six weeks after a government report found that his diocese had failed to implement the Irish hierarchy’s child protection guidelines and had covered up allegations of clerical child abuse, retired Bishop John Magee of Cloyne reiterated his apology and offered to meet with the victims. “I feel there is nothing I can say now which will ease the pain and distress for victims,” said Bishop Magee, who served as personal secretary to three popes before being named to Cloyne.


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