Archive of November 8, 2006

Elections bring some good news for marriage, bad news for pro-life activists

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday's elections in the United States, which brought the first Democratic controlled House of Representatives (and possibly Senate) since 1994, offered good news for marriage in many states, but key defeats in the defense of the life of the unborn.

Conform your mind to Christ, Pope tells Swiss Bishops at Mass

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Made public today was the homily given by the Pope yesterday during a Mass concelebrated in the Vatican's "Redemptoris mater" Chapel with bishops from Switzerland.

Bishop confirms: priest did not receive permission from Vatican to enter politics

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Contrary to claims made by a political party and media reports, a Canadian priest did not receive permission from the Vatican to enter into politics and to run in a federal by-election, the priest’s bishop said recently.

Australian Senate passes cloning bill

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Australian Senate passed a controversial private member's bill on therapeutic cloning on Monday despite intense lobbying by Catholic and other groups opposed to the practice.

Iraqi archbishop opposes US rescue bid for Christians

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An Iraqi bishop has criticized the United States bishops’ proposal to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, which calls on her to grant asylum to Iraq’s persecuted Christians and to create a safe haven for them in the country’s Nineveh plains. Christians are currently fleeing Iraq in droves amid reports of ethnic cleansing.

Bishop Larkin, English tutor to JP II, dies

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Thomas Larkin, who headed the Diocese of St. Petersburg, from 1979 to 1988, died Nov. 4, after a long battle with leukemia; he was 83.

Bishops deplore disruption of Mass in Mexico City Cathedral

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has expressed outrage at the actions of radical groups that stormed the Cathedral of Mexico City on Sunday and disrupted the Mass being celebrated by Cardinal Norberto Rivera.

Focolares foundress hospitalized in Rome

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The press office of the Focolores Movement announced on Tuesday that its foundress, Chiara Lubich, has been hospitalized in the Gemelli Clinic in Rome.

Pope’s visit to Turkey is primarily ecumenical, says Cardinal Poupard

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said this week in Assisi that the primary purpose of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Turkey is “ecumenical,” as one of the most important moments of the trip will be his meeting with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.

Ecuadorian government distributing textbooks that encourage teens to experiment with sex

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With financial backing from the Dutch government, the government of Ecuador has begun distributing textbooks in schools throughout the country that separate sexuality from moral values, ridicule abstinence, and encourage sexual activity among teens.

Pope calls Christians to "immerge themselves" in Christ, like St. Paul

Nov 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the 15,000-plus people gathered for his weekly General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI considered, for the second time, the person of St. Paul.  The Holy considered the profound conversion that Paul underwent and the subsequent life he lived, recognizing his total reliance on God’s grace.

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