Archive of November 16, 2006

Vatican reaffirms the value of priestly celibacy

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released a short statement at the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI’s three hour meeting with heads of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia today.  The statement confirmed the Church’s adherence to the discipline of priestly celibacy for Latin Rite priests.

Italians debate whether Pope can be subject of satire

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Italian press this week is debating whether it is politically correct to poke fun at Pope Benedict XVI, after his secretary, Msgr. Georg Ganswein, reportedly told an Italian news agency that he had enough of satire in the media about the pontiff.

Pope trip will not heal wounds, says Turkey’s religious head

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Turkey’s head of religious affairs says the Pope’s visit to Turkey later this month may help improve relations with Muslims, but he does not believe it will heal the wounds stemming from the Pontiff’s misinterpreted remarks about Islam in September.

Fra Angelico's paintings expected to sell for £1 million

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two sacred art pieces by Renaissance master Fra Angelico were recently discovered and are expected to be auctioned in England for at least one million pounds (1.8 million U.S. Dollars) this spring.

Czech bishops to propose new date for papal visit

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Czech Catholic Bishops Conference are going back to the drawing board to propose new dates for a papal visit, after receiving a letter from the Vatican indicating that the Pope could not travel to the Czech Republic next September.

Portuguese Prime Minister says legalization of abortion to be determined only by referendum

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party in Portugal, Jose Socrates, said this week his administration would not legalize abortion without popular support and that a referendum would decide the issue.

Catholics in Chile to celebrate “Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church in the World”

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Inspired by a similar initiative by Catholic charity, Aid to the Church in Need, the Bishops’ Conference of Chile has declared November 19 to be a day of prayer for the persecuted Church throughout the world.

South African bishop says parliament's approval of homosexual unions doesn't make it ok

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- South Africa’s parliament has approved gay unions, making that country the first in Africa to pass such a law.

Cardinal calls for laws defending life in Dominican Republic

Nov 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives of the Dominican Republic has awarded Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo for his contributions to society.  In his remarks expressing gratitude for the honor, the cardinal called for laws that always defend human life.

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