Archive of December 7, 2006

Pope appoints new members to Pontifical Academy for Life, including one American

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed four new members to the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life.  The new appointees include Dr. John Haas, an American who serves as president of the United States’ National Catholic Bioethics Center.

Unborn Child Pain Awareness Act loses vote in House

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A bill which would have required doctors to notify women seeking an abortion that their unborn child as young as 20 weeks old undergoes excruciating pain during an abortion failed to pass in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.

Christian leaders to visit Holy Land, call for prayers for area’s Christians

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The leaders of four of Great Britain’s largest Christian Churches will travel together to the Holy Land in solidarity with the Christians living there under tight Israeli security measures.

US bishops push for humanitarian aid in Somalia

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States government must work more assertively with the United Nations and neighboring African countries to address increasing violence in Somalia, said Bishop Thomas Wenski in a letter to National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley.

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Glemp and appoints successor for Archdiocese of Warsaw

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Jozef Glemp, Archbishop of Warsaw, who at nearly 77 years, has passed the age of retirement.  As his successor the Holy Father appointed Bishop Stanislaw Wojciech Wielgus of Plock.

Central American bishops call on priests to value gift of celibacy

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Council of Bishops of Central America (SEDAC), which met in Honduras November 27-December 1, have called on priests to have a greater appreciation of “the gift of celibacy that they have received,” through constant spiritual, pastoral, affective, and intellectual formation.

Bioethics institute calls on Argentinean lawmakers to respect life and not make distribution of morning after pill obligatory

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Argentinean congress debates a measure that would make distribution of the morning after pill obligatory in the country, the Institute on Bioethics of the Catholic University of Argentina is calling on lawmakers to “care for life as a precious value” and not to force people to accept drugs that attack it.

Secularism has become religion of the state, Spanish archbishop warns

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia has denounced attempts to impose secularism in Spain, calling it “a new state religion” that seeks to relegate the practice of the Catholic faith to the private sphere.

The Church discovers its identity as mother, in the Virgin Mary, affirms Cardinal Bertone

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, stated that the Church "always discovers and understands better" its "identity as mother, disciple, and teacher" in the Virgin Mary.  

Denver Archbishop decries trend of discounting religious believers in political life

Dec 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a crowd of some 700 people gathered in Garden Grove, California, for the Orange County Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap. decried the growing exclusion of religion from the public square, and called for a shift in perspective regarding the place of religious believers in a democratic society.

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