Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be in Rome for its annual meeting with officials from the Holy See, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act must include protections for the human embryo as a person “entitled to the same fundamental rights as all other human beings,” said Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ontario.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A statement issued yesterday following the weekend's national climate change conference, calls for ecological conversion, warning that global warming could create a new wave of dispossessed people.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mob attacks against Christian sites in Pakistan appear to be “an organized act of terrorism,” according to the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ International Policy Committee, who called for an investigation of the events.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Because of a recently-burgeoning Catholic population, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to erect a new diocese in the harshly communist country of Vietnam.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The world’s oldest active military corps, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, will celebrate its 500th anniversary next year. Earlier today, Vatican officials announced 5-month long plans for the momentous occasion.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September, some Catholic organizations along the Gulf Coast are facing declining donations for their other charitable services, as well as catch-22’s because of earmarked funds, coming in strictly for hurricane relief.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League President Bill Donahue issued a stern warning to Catholic lawmakers attending the upcoming ‘Summit on the States,’ at which the pro-abortion group Catholics for a Free Choice will be presenting.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Italian news agency Adista has leaked the complete text of the long-awaited Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education which definitively excludes the admission of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies to the priesthood.
Bishops act in faithfulness to gospel, not in response to government, says head of Spanish Bishops’ ConferenceNov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez, said this week the bishops carry out their pastoral work “not in reaction to the initiatives of the government,” but in faithfulness to “Jesus Christ and the Gospel,” which they proclaim “boldly and without fear.”
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the 7th Congress on Catholics and Public Life, which took place last weekend in Madrid, psychologist Patricia Martinez Peroni said the United Nations Millennium Summit demonstrated that “sex has become a new political category” dominated by pressure groups.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter the Bishops’ Conference of El Salvador has called on authorities and society at large to assume the responsibilities and measures “courageously and generously” that will allow the country to overcome the state of violence in which it has fallen.
Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega of Monterrey, Mexico, said this week the laity’s lack of formation has hindered their ability to assume their important role in evangelization as envisioned by Vatican II.