Archive of December 5, 2006

Holy See defends “real” AIDS prevention based on “affective relationship in marriage”

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vice President of the Pontifical Council for Life, Msgr. Jean Lafitte, said Monday the Catholic Church defends a method of AIDS prevention that is “real” and “not illusory,” the promotion of “the affective relationship in the context of marriage.”

Argentinean bishop supports priests’ controversial comments on drug addiction

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An Argentinean bishop has come out in support of a priest known for his ministry to victims of drug addiction and lent credence to the priest’s controversial comments on the drug problem in his area of Argentina.

Survival of anencephalic girl in Brazil sparks abortion debate

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An anencephalic girl in Brazil has survived for two weeks - against all odds and medical prognosis - and has sparked a new debate in the country about the legalization of abortion in such cases.

Lawmakers urged to pass Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several pro-life leaders are urging members of Congress to vote in favor of the Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act (H.R. 6099), which is likely to come up for a vote today.

Christians in one Filipino territory continue to suffer from Islamic extremists, bishop says

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to one Filipino bishop, a cycle of terrorism and kidnapping continues to plague the lives of Christians in a group of islands in the southern Philippines. The island of Jolo, located in the historically Muslim region of Mindanao, made international headlines in 2000 when the radical separatist group Abu Sayyaf kidnapped foreign tourists from the nearby Malaysian island resort of Sipadan. But, according to the bishop, the plight of Jolo’s tiny minority has been mostly forgotten.

Catholic candidate looks at presidential run in 2008

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Republicans and Democrats are still considering what to make of the “Catholic vote” during 2006’s midterm elections, preparations are already gearing up for the 2008 presidential race.  And as talk swirls about possible presidential runs by such well known politicians as Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. John McCain, a Catholic politician appears ready to throw his hat in the ring.

Newly discovered church believed to have housed Ark of the Covenant

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archaeologists claim to have uncovered one of the world's first churches, built on a site believed to have once housed the Ark of the Covenant, reported the London Daily Telegraph.

US must join international community in rebuilding Lebanon, say bishops

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) international policy committee has urged Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to increase efforts with the international community to establish peace, stability, and political reform in Lebanon.

Vatican intervenes in attempt to save Romanian cathedral from damage

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has requested authorities in Romania to immediately suspend the construction of a 19-story office tower next to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Bucharest.

Cardinal Bertone: Illegitimate ordination of Chinese bishop is "accident in the road"

Dec 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, called the ordination of a Chinese bishop without the authorization of the Holy See as an "accident in the road" which does not help relations with China.

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