Archive of December 7, 2005

Vote on abortion in Brazil postponed for second time

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The vote on a bill that would legalize abortion in Brazil for any reason during all nine months of pregnancy was postponed for the second time due to the lack of attendance by a majority of the members of the Parliamentary Commission on Social Security and the Family at hearings scheduled for Tuesday.

Chilean cardinal outlines key points to be discussed at next CELAM meeting

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz Ossa of Santiago, Chile, outlined this week the key points to be discussed at the V General Conference of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean, which will take place in May 2007 in Brazil.

Spanish Bishops’ Conference official responds to criticism of the Church’s teaching on condoms and AIDS

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Director of the Office of Information of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Isidro Catella, responded this week to critics who used World AIDS Day to blast the Church for her teaching on condoms, saying the true root of the problem lies in a culture that reduces sexuality to the exchange of pleasure.

Law center battles to change culture, protect life

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The five attorneys at the Thomas More Law Center — along with 403 volunteer lawyers across the country — have take on 200 cases in 40 states in an effort to change American culture and to protect life, religious freedoms and family values.

Archbishop cancels speech by pro-abortion minister

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Dennis Hart of Melbourne cancelled Chief Minister Jon Stanhope’s speech at the last minute over the minister’s pro-abortion stance, after pro-life activists criticized the commission's choice.

Catholics take part in cross-country run for plight of workers

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholics participating in an annual run, which began at the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City more than one month ago, will arrive in New York City this week. 

Sacramento begins process for sainthood for late bishop

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Sacramento has opened its first cause for sainthood ever for Bishop Alphonse Gallegos.

Pope Benedict on the Psalms: God defends the weakest; world rulers should follow suit

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Twenty thousand pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square this morning to hear Pope Benedict’s weekly general audience in which he expounded on God’s faithfulness and mercy, particularly toward the small and vulnerable.

Priests called to give lives for glory of God, salvation of souls, says Pope

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following his general audience, given today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict stressed the importance of the priestly ministry, saying that priests are called to conform themselves to Christ and give their lives for God’s glory and the salvation of souls.

Just in time for Narnia, revamped C.S. Lewis recollection hits shelves

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With the film debut of the highly anticipated Chronicles of Naria just days away for most cities, California-based Ignatius Press has announced the re-release of a unique book chronicling the life of author C.S. Lewis.

U.S. Bishops call on China to account for, investigate nun beatings

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a sharp letter to China’s United States ambassador, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have condemned the attack of 16 Franciscan nuns in that country and called China to account for the crime.

Former Secretary of John Paul II confirms: Critics help in the beatification process.

Dec 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Krakow Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, who during 27 years, former personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, asserted to the Polish news agency PAP, that the recent critics thrown by dissident theologians only reinforces the beatification process of Karol Wojtyla. 

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