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 October 17, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 18   •   Oakland, CA
News in Brief

ABOVE: Cairo protests
An Egyptian Christian woman shows a picture of her son during a funeral at Abassaiya Orthodox Cathedral in Cairo Oct. 10. At least 26 people, mostly Christians, were killed Oct. 9 when troops broke up a peaceful protest against an attack on a church in southern Egypt.
CNS photo/Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Reuters

LEFT: Procession in Brazil
A pilgrim is helped as she walks on her knees during the annual Cirio de Nazare procession in Belem, Brazil, Oct. 9. About 2 million pilgrims take part in the procession, which takes place on the second Sunday of October and honors the Virgin of Nazareth.
CNS photo/Paulo Santos, Reuters

Advocates praise Brown for action on DREAM Act

SACRAMENTO — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles and immigrant advocate groups praised Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. for signing into law the rest of the California DREAM Act, allowing undocumented students who have graduated from a California high school to apply for state financial aid to attend college at a state school. Brown signed the first half of the measure in July to make immigrant students attending California State University, California community colleges or the University of California eligible, on or after Jan. 1, 2012, to receive scholarships and loans from private funds. Brown announced Oct. 8 he had signed the rest of the measure allowing them to apply for state aid.

Brown condemned for signing Gardasil bill

SACRAMENTO — The California Catholic Conference — the public policy office of the Catholic Bishops of California — was critical of Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. after he signed into law AB 499, allowing minors to receive the controversial HPV vaccine Gardasil at state expense and without parent or guardian approval. “We are disappointed because AB 499 will undermine parental authority by allowing children as young as 12 to make important medical decisions in secret, denying parents a valuable opportunity to discuss sexual health and values with their pre-teen children,” said Edward E. “Ned” Dolejsi, conference executive director.

Catholic Charities withdraws from contracts

PEORIA, Ill. — Citing increasing clashes between Illinois law and church teaching, Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria announced Oct. 6 that Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Peoria is withdrawing from all state-funded social service contracts. To prevent disruption to the 1,000 foster care children and families now served by Catholic Charities of Peoria, plans call for those state-funded contracts to be transferred by Feb. 1, 2012, to a newly formed nonprofit entity called the Center for Youth and Family Solutions.

Archbishop’s funeral recalls ‘cry of the poor’

NEW ORLEANS — For a man who lived nearly a century, Archbishop Philip Matthew Hannan practiced a life of charity that reached back two millennia to the mandate of Jesus Christ to hear and respond to the “cry of the poor,” Msgr. Clinton Doskey told an overflow congregation at St. Louis Cathedral at his funeral Mass Oct. 6. Archbishop Hannan, the 11th archbishop of New Orleans, died Sept. 29 at 98, and the love he engendered from local Catholics and people of other faiths clearly was manifested over a four-day period in which thousands filed past his open casket to pay their final respects and then lined the city streets to say farewell during a five-mile, horse-drawn procession Oct. 5 from Notre Dame Seminary to the cathedral.

Pittsburgh bishop calls accusation ‘offensive’

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik has strenuously denied an accusation made on a website that he had sexually assaulted a student decades ago while he served at a Catholic high school in the Pittsburgh Diocese in the 1980s. “I emphatically state that no such behavior occurred, nor any semblance of such behavior,” Bishop Zubik said in a statement released at a news conference Oct. 5. “The accusation is false, offensive and outrageous.”

Promoting schools’ identity key to survival

WASHINGTON — Promoting Catholic identity in Catholic high schools and elementary schools is not just a good thing to do but a necessary action for survival, according to speakers at a conference in Washington for Catholic school leaders. The speakers noted candidly that the participants in the Oct. 2-4 conference at The Catholic University of America knew full well the challenges currently facing Catholic schools such as dwindling enrollments, rising expenses, and closures or threats to close.

—Catholic News Service


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