Archive of September 19, 2006

Court ruling in Peru recognizes anti-implantation effect of abortion pill

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A federal court in Lima has recognized the anti-implantation effect of the morning-after pill in a ruling that, at least temporarily, upholds an order to suspend the free distribution of the drug, in public hospitals.

Chilean youth demand that government halt distribution of morning-after pill

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some three thousand students gathered in downtown Santiago last week to demand the government of Chile halt the distribution of the morning-after pill, free of charge, to teens aged 14-18 and without the consent of their parents.

Taize leaders deny “conversion” of Brother Roger to Catholic faith

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The ecumenical Community of Taize issued a statement last week denying its founder, the late Brother Roger Schutz, underwent a “conversion” to the Catholic faith, saying instead he entered “progressively into a full communion with the faith of the Catholic Church without a ‘conversion’ that would imply a break with his origins.”

Archbishop of Barcelona: Teachers not substitutes for parents

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona reminded parents this week that the education of their children is their primordial right and that teachers complement them in that task but are not substitutes.

Nun shot in Somalia offered forgiveness with dying breath

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Consolata missionary sister who was shot dead by Islamic extremists in Mogadishu, Somalia, forgave her killers with her final breaths.

Violent Muslim reaction proves Pope’s point, says Catholic League president

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The violent reaction and calls for more violence on the part of some Muslims, in reaction to Pope Benedict’s speech at Regensburg University, “underscores the Pope’s point,” said Catholic League president Bill Donohue in a Sept. 18 statement.

Roman Catholic, Orthodox Churches pledge to seek unity

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Top Roman Catholic and Orthodox clerics declared Monday the time has come to heal the rifts between the two churches and to seek unity.

Human dignity must not be made subject to utility and productivity, affirms Pope

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The interests and dignity of humans “must not be made subject to parameters of feasibility, utility, and productivity,” Pope Benedict XVI affirmed yesterday in a meeting with the new Ambassador of Austria to the Holy See.  

Archbishop Myers responds to Milingo’s antics in New Jersey

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop John Myers of Newark said he was “greatly saddened by the recent words and actions” of a retired African archbishop, Emmanuel Milingo, who has burst back into the media spotlight.  Milingo, who broke his own ordination promises as well as personal promises he made to Pope John Paul II, is holding a convention for married priests this week in the middle of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Aid to the Church in Need thanks Pope for his support of Catholic non-profit organizations

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- International humanitarian organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has offered its thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his “precious endorsement” of their ministry during a speech in which he praised Catholic organizations which offer social help and evangelization to the world.

Holy See: Millions risk their lives to escape from the dictatorship of poverty

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, Archbishop Celesino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, delivered a talk to the "High-level Meeting on the midterm comprehensive global review of the implementation of the Program of Action for the Least Developed Countries (BPoA) for the Decade 2001-2010," telling the meeting’s participants that fences will not stop those trying to escape the poverty which binds them.

Head of Interreligious Dialogue meets with Muslim leaders in Rome

Sep 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a continuing effort to diminish the violent reaction of radical Muslims who have torched Christian churches, killed a religious sister, and threatened the life of the Pope, Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, met with Islamic and Jewish leaders today in Rome.

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