Archive of October 3, 2006

Vatican reminds the U.N. “reproductive health” does not mean worldwide abortion

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During an address given to the General Assembly yesterday in New York, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, said that the UN should not consider “access to reproductive health” as a key word for promoting abortion.

Relations between Russian Church, Vatican have potential, says Alexy II

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A positive step was made this week in relations between the Russian Orthodox Church and the Roman Catholic Church during a meeting between Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, Archbishop of Milan, and Alexy II, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.

Cardinal Zen tells of continued Christian persecution in China

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in China, whether they are members of the underground Church, affiliated with the Vatican, or of the official government-sanctioned China Catholic Patriotic Association, still face daily persecution, said Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong.

Book reveals more details of 1981 assassination attempt on Pope

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new book, due to be published next year, provides greater detail of the 1981 assassination attempt on the late Pope John Paul II, including how he entrusted himself to Mary in the moments after he was shot and how doctors believed he would die in surgery.

US bishops’ launches campaign for partial-birth abortion ban

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the U.S. Supreme Court opened and prepare to tackle the two challenges to the federal Partial Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003, the Second Look Project launched a five-week public awareness campaign on the issue.

German cardinal slams media double standard regarding Christianity and Islam

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Karl Lehman, president of the German Bishops’ Conference, criticized the media this week for its double standard regarding Christianity and Islam.

Pro-life victory in Brazil as abortion rights candidate loses bid for Senate

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups in Brazil are celebrating the results of the country’s general elections in which abortion rights candidate, Jandira Feghali, lost to her bid for the Senate despite earlier polls that indicated she was ahead of her rival.

Cardinal Bertone praises Marian devotion of Latin America

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to the participants of the Latin American Meeting on Marian Pastoral Ministry, which concluded this past Sunday in Mexico, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone praised the profound Marian piety of Latin America and expressed the prayers of Pope Benedict XVI that Mary watch over the region.

Bishop explains urgency of teaching young people to pray the Rosary

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As October, the month of the Rosary, begins, Bishop Ramon del Hoyo Lopez of Jaen has called for a greater effort to teach children and young people how to pray the traditional Marian devotion.

Turkish plane reportedly hijacked in protest of Papal trip to Turkey

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two men have hijacked a Turkish Airlines plane, supposedly in protest of Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Turkey next month.  The Pontiff is expected to travel to the mostly Muslim country November 28th – December 1st.

Vatican to unveil grand exhibit about Saint Peter’s Basilica

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- "Petros Eni" (Peter is here), the ancient inscription found next to the remains of Saint Peter the Apostle is the title of an exhibit to be dedicated on October 12, 2006 and running through March 8, 2007 at Saint Peter´s Basilica.

Turkish officials say plane hijacker was seeking help from the Pope

Oct 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- New light has been shed on the hijacking of a Turkish Airlines plane which was overtaken Tuesday.  Reports have now surfaced that a single, unarmed Turkish man hijacked the plane, saying that he had a message to deliver to Pope Benedict.  Initial reports indicated that two men had hijacked the plane in protest to the Pontiff’s upcoming trip to the country, the message now appears to be one seeking the Pope’s help.

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