Archive of November 2, 2006

UN agents try to stop Nicaragua's vote on abortion

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A United Nations committee on women’s rights sent a letter to Nicaraguan politicians prior to their historic vote last week which banned abortion. According to a press release issued by Concerned Women for America (CWA), the letter tried to stop Nicaragua’s banning of abortion by claiming that the “right to life” means a right to abortion.

Holy See approves next phase of canonization process for 36 Spanish martyrs

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Congregation for the Causes of Saints has approved the diocesan phase of the cause of canonization of 36 Franciscan friars from Valencia who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War of 1936.

Religious leaders in Argentina concerned over proposed educational reform

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Various representatives of the largest religious confessions in Argentina have expressed their concern to the country’s Minister of Education, Daniel Filmus, about “the dangerous absence of religious perspective in the first draft of an educational law that has been presented for debate.”

Protests in Argentina over irreverent depiction of Virgin Mary in Rolling Stone publication

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The foundation “Argentina of Tomorrow” is protesting the Argentinean daily “La Nacion,” which is affiliated with Rolling Stone magazine, over a blasphemous picture of the Virgin Mary appearing in its latest edition.

Teaching of Catholic social doctrine not intrusion into partisan politics, says Argentinean archbishop

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes lamented this week that some consider “the normal teaching of Catholic social doctrine to be an intrusion into partisan politics.”

Turkey denies “snubbing” Pope after announcing prime minister will not meet Benedict

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will no longer be available to meet with Pope Benedict XVI when the pontiff visits the Muslim country later this month.  But, Turkish officials are denying that the cancelled meeting was not a intentional slight.

Cloning an affront to human dignity, Cardinal Pell says

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell is urging Catholics to lobby senators to vote down a bill that would legalize therapeutic cloning, calling it an affront to human dignity. The proposed research process involves the destruction of human embryos.

Marxist analysis of the faith leads to atheism and armed revolution, Cardinal Hummes says

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, explained that a Marxist analysis (or view) of the faith "brings (theology) to materialism and atheism and leads to an armed revolution."

Historic cathedral to reopen after major two-year renovation

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An historic Catholic cathedral, the first built in the United States after the signing of the Constitution, will reopen this week after a two-year, $32-million renovation.

Catholic aid organization to help with translation of Pope’s addresses to Arabic

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic aid organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has announced it will provide financial assistance for an effort by the Patriarch of Venice to provide an Arabic-language translation of Pope Benedict’s weekly public audience’s through the Oasis International Centre.

Cardinal Hummes sees higher standards in seminaries and "personal" evangelization efforts as challenges

Nov 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Claudio Hummes, chosen this week by Pope Benedict XVI as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, considers the institution of higher standards in priestly formation and the urgency to initiate a plan of "house by house" evangelization as two of the key challenges he will face in his new roll.

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