Archive of October 25, 2006

Spanish bishops warn that law on medical research an attack on life and dignity of human person

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Spain warned legislators this week that a proposed law on embryonic medical research “conflicts with the basic principles of ethics” and that voting for the measure without substantial modifications would place them “in objective disagreement with Catholic teaching.”

Nicaraguan pro-life leader warns “therapeutic” abortion a door to decriminalization of all abortions

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Nicaraguan Association For Life, Rafael Cabrera Artola, has announced his support for the elimination of “therapeutic” abortion from the country’s Penal Code, arguing that pro-abortion forces want to maintain the current law in order to “make the recognition of this crime easier by asserting that it can be justified for solving a medical problem.”

Archbishop of Granada pulls seminarians out of Jesuit-run theology program

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Francisco Javier Martinez of Granada has decided to pull his seminarians out of the local Jesuit-run theology program, claiming that “the situation of the Church in the current cultural context requires that our seminarians receive formation in a center run by the diocese.”

Argentinean archbishop encourages believers to take Christian life seriously

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata said this week that Christians need to live courageously and be faithful to the Gospel in the face of challenges which the world offers.

British archbishop denounces 'bigoted' faith schools policy

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham has denounced a government proposal, which would control admissions to all new Catholic schools in England, as “muddled” and “prejudiced”.

Bishop takes on health care, reminds that spiritual life arises from sound mind and healthy body

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Church in West Virginia is called to transform the health of her communities, by promoting wellbeing in mind and body and by working toward equitable opportunities for access to health care, said Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston in his first pastoral letter.

Vatican mosaics to make North American debut

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- They’ve never left the Vatican — until now. Thirty-seven mosaics, depicting masterworks from the Renaissance to modern times, will be on display in New Orleans, from Jan. 28 to June 1, at the Catholic Cultural Heritage Center of the archdiocese.

Baltimore Cardinal calls for offensive against pornography

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore has asked Catholics to join him during Pornography Awareness Week in praying that the nation will experience “a resurgence of purity and renewed commitment to chaste relationships and true love.”

Paul teaches us to preach the Gospel of salvation to all, Pope says

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI told some 25,000 people gathered in St. Peter’s Square today that St. Paul, who has often been called “the thirteenth Apostle,” demonstrated through his service of the Gospel, that “Salvation is offered to everyone without exception."

Catholic aid organization says Turkey needs religious liberty that matches European standards

Oct 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In advance of Pope Benedict XVI’s late November trip to Turkey and in the midst of continuing talks regarding Turkey’s possible entry into the European Union, international aid agency, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), is asking for “religious liberty of European standard,” in Turkey.

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