Archive of November 22, 2006

US Congressmen tell Amnesty Int'l to stay neutral on abortion

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Seventy-four U.S. congressmen on Monday urged Amnesty International to remain neutral on the issue of abortion, saying that a pro-abortion stance would damage the group’s credibility as a human rights organization.

Catholic-Orthodox disagreements will be overcome, says Russian Catholic leader

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, head of the Diocese of the Mother of God in Moscow, says he is certain that problems in the Orthodox-Catholic relationship will be overcome, reported Interfax.

Catholic Charities faces more requests for help this Christmas

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new survey of Catholic Charities agencies across the country shows requests for help, especially among the working class, are increasing sharply. There are more requests than funds to provide assistance, putting continued strain on social services during the Christmas season.

Scottish Cardinal laments Darfur situation, praises work of charity

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Celebrating a Mass in memory of Fr. Werenfried van Straaten, the Dutch Norbertine priest who founded international charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) in 1947, Cardinal Keith O’Brien reflected on the work done by the organization and recalled his recent trip to the Darfur region of Sudan.

Saint Paul reveals the greatness and nobility of the Church, Pope Benedict says

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Offering the last of his reflections on St. Paul during his weekly General Audiences, Pope Benedict XVI explained the special presence of the Church in the life, thoughts, and heart of the Apostle, and discussed how, for Paul, the greatness and nobility of the Church lies in being, “almost an extension” of Christ’s personal presence in the world.

Pope condemns assassination of leading Catholic politician

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking at the conclusion of his weekly General Audience this morning, Pope Benedict XVI strongly criticized the recent assassination of Lebanese Catholic politician Pierre Gemayel, and offered spiritual support for Gemayel’s family and the Lebanese people.

Pontifical Council for Health Care completes study on condom use and AIDS

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, announced on Tuesday his dicastery has finished a study on the use of condoms to prevent the spread of AIDS.

Archbishop of Oaxaca renews call for solution to crisis in the region

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Oaxaca has renewed his call for a solution to the crisis that has gripped the region in recent months.

Chilean scholars reflect on main themes of Papal speech in Regengburg

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of renowned Chilean scholars have offered a series of reflections about the main themes of Pope Benedict XVI’s controversial lecture last September in Regensburg, Germany.

Holy See Press Office director calls Pope’s new book “very wonderful news”

Nov 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said it was “very wonderful news” that Pope Benedict XVI “has been able to finish the first part of his great work on Jesus and that in few months we will have it in our hands.”

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