Archive of October 23, 2006

Congressional committee proposes law to outlaw “therapeutic” abortion in Nicaragua

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on Justice of the Nicaraguan Congress has approved a bill that would reform the country’s Penal Code and outlaw “therapeutic” abortion.

Laity should bring about cultural change through Christian witness, says Italian cardinal

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference and Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, said last week that the laity should develop a type of “apostolate of consciences” by openly bearing witness “to their own faith and translating their Christian-formed consciences into effective and visible ways of behaving.”

Chilean high court agrees to investigate abortifacient effect of morning-after pill

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After weeks of delay, the Constitutional Court of Chile has agreed to open an investigation into the abortifacient nature of the morning-after pill.

Pope Benedict recalls John Paul II as "Philosopher, Theologian and great Shepherd of the Church"

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received this morning the members of the John Paul II Foundation and encouraged them to keep alive the teachings and example of his Predecessor in the world, but in particular among younger generations.

Christian missions must be flow from the love of Christ, Pope says

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Prior to praying the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims and faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI took a moment to reflect on World Mission Day and the work done by missionaries around the world.

Pope offers Ramadan message, prays for peace in Iraq

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of the Angelus prayer this Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI offered a greeting to the world’s Muslims, at the conclusion of the season of Ramadan.  The Holy Father also invited all to pray for peace in Iraq.

Archbishop Burke calls for prayers to prior to vote on cloning

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke of St. Louis has called on all of the faithful in his diocese to pray the rosary on All Souls’ Day, Nov. 2, “for the safeguarding of embryonic human life.”

Bishops to vote on guidelines for helping Catholics prepare to receive Communion

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new document, drafted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, will likely raise the issue once again about whether pro-abortion politicians, as well as those in favor of cloning and embryonic stem-cell research, should receive Communion.

Bishop questions motives of watchdog group

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin is questioning the motives of a watchdog group who asked the state Elections Board to take action against his diocese for alleged electioneering.

Thousands in Boston pray for vocations, healing before saint’s relic

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The incorrupt heart of the patron saint of priests, St. John Vianney, was in Boston last week. Organizers said they hoped the visit would help to promote vocations and healing in the Catholic archdiocese, The Pilot reported.

The Pope to Pontifical Universities: the truth comes through revelation, not from consensus

Oct 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following a Mass celebrated to mark the beginning of the Roman academic year, Pope Benedict XVI offered a few words of reflection for students and faculty of the Pontifical Universities and Athanea of Rome.   The Holy Father encouraged the students gathered to strengthen their spiritual life and to be prepared to receive the truth which, he noted, comes from God and not from a popular consensus.

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