Archive of September 18, 2006

Pope’s trip to Turkey still on

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to parties on both sides, Pope Benedict XVI’s November trip to Turkey will continue as planned, despite violent reactions on the part of many Muslims to a speech he made last week.

Pope: the Cross is a symbol of the Love that overcomes hatred and violence

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following a statement regretting the violence that has erupted in reaction to his quotation of a 14th Century emperor last week, Pope Benedict continued his weekly Angelus address with a reflection on the feasts of the Exaltation of the Cross and Our Lady of Sorrows, which also occurred last week.

Security beefed up at potential Catholic targets as threats of retaliation continue

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Police across Italy have been ordered to raise security at potential Catholic targets, after Pope Benedict XVI angered Muslims last week with remarks against Islam, reported The Associated Press.

Philadelphia priests listen to victims’ stories

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia took another step toward reconciliation with victims of sexual abuse last week, when three people recounted the abuse they and their family experienced by clergy.

US bishops support UN resolution for Darfur

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has urged President George W. Bush and congressional leaders to work with greater urgency to help end the humanitarian disaster in Darfur. Yesterday, September 17th, marked the worldwide Global Day for Darfur.

US bishops join call urging Amnesty International to stay out of abortion debate

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has warned Amnesty International that a proposal to abandon its neutral stance on abortion for a policy of advocating for abortion as a “human right” will jeopardize the organization’s excellent record as a champion for human rights.

Argentinean daily publishes story on baby Martin, survivor of abortion

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amidst the controversy over two mentally disabled women who were permitted to undergo abortions in Mendoza and La Plata, an Argentinean newspaper has published a story on Martin, a healthy boy who was saved from abortion four years ago and today lives happily with his adopted family.

Holy Father speaks for Muslims who reject violence, says Vatican expert

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on Pope Benedict XVI’s remarks given at the University of Ratisbona, the rector of the Pontifical Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, Father Justo Lacunza, said last week, “The Pope has made himself spokesman of millions of people around the world, including Muslims, who believe that there is no need to mix violence with religion.”

Costa Rican president says Christ is light that guides nation

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias Sanchez, said last week it was time for Costa Ricans to “leave fear behind” and follow the path to which Christ calls them, with the certainty that Jesus is the “light that guides Costa Rica’s compass” and the Gospel the place where “the millenarian answer to all our questions lies.”

Science, technology and ethics must all coalesce in stem cell research, says Pope

Sep 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI met at Castel Gandolfo with representatives of the International Congress on stem cells and called for research in which scientific, technological, and ethical knowledge are combined in respect for the human person at all stages of life.

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