Archive of October 20, 2006

Catholic groups suffer tough religious liberties loss, must provide contraception

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The New York Catholic Conference is considering an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a New York State Court of Appeals ruled yesterday that Catholic and other religious social service groups must provide contraceptive coverage through their workplace-sponsored medical insurance programs, regardless of their faith views on the matter.

Orthodox patriarch says Pope's visit to Turkey will boost Christian ties

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I said Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Turkey, from Nov. 28 to 31, will be a welcome opportunity to help improve relations between the Christian churches.

Catholic community in former Soviet State lives in fear of Orthodox fanatics

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Assyrian Catholics in Georgia’s capital city of Tblisi, continue to live in fear of attack after a hostile mob of 60 invaded and damaged their nearly completed religious and cultural centre Sept. 18.

Cardinal reasserts Church’s opposition to euthanasia, encourages “living wills”

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican's top official for health issues reiterated the Catholic Church's strong opposition to euthanasia in an interview published Thursday, but said it was in favor of allowing terminal patients to opt against aggressive therapeutic treatment.

Cardinal Arinze speaks of rich faith identity of African people

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Francis Arinze, Prefect of the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, spoke this week of the deep faith of many Africans noting how the laity in Africa are “very conscious of their being part of the Church.”

Catholic publishing house under fire for new Islamic text deal

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish daily La Razon is denouncing a Catholic publishing company that has agreed to publish text books for Islamic religion classes that will be offered in public schools in Spain.

Fundamental focus of missionaries should be witnessing to Christ, not giving material help, archbishop says

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Director of the Pontifical Missionary Works in Spain, Archbishop Francisco Perez Gonzalez of the Military Diocese, said this week “the fundamental work of the missionary is to bear witness and proclaim Jesus Christ.”  If missionaries become officials simply charged with, “carrying out humanitarian projects…the true nature of ‘mission,’” is lost, he said.

Nicaraguan archbishop encourages adoption over abortion

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes of Managua said this week if an unborn child is not wanted in his home, it is preferable he be given in adoption rather than being killed through abortion.

Pope Benedict reminds Italian Church, only Christ can fulfill the human heart

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 100,000 people gathered in Verona, Italy, Thursday afternoon as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass for the 4th Italian Ecclesial Congress.  The Pontiff encouraged the Italian faithful to renew their efforts in spreading the Gospel and reminded them that Christ alone can satisfy the expectations of the human heart and answer life’s difficult questions.

Poupard calls for Catholics and Muslims to work together in overcoming terrorism

Oct 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- To commemorate the end of the fasting season of Ramadan, Cardinal Paul Poupard, President of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, sent a message today to Muslims around the world.  The cardinal encouraged continued work in dialogue and spoke out against the “painful scourge” of violence and terrorism, which he said, Muslims and Catholics should struggle to overcome together.

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