Archive of December 12, 2006

Ratzinger’s “Introduction to Christianity” published in Russian

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A translation of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s, “Introduction to Christianity,” has been made available in Russian for the first time.  

Human rights are at the heart of peace, Pope Benedict says

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day of Peace was made public today by the Vatican.  In his message, which is written in advance of the January 1st Day of Peace, the Holy Father calls for an increased respect for human dignity and rights, based on a renewed understanding of natural law, to combat the growing threats of terrorism and violence.

Cardinal Rivera says he has no official information on Papal visit to Mexico

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to quell rumors which have been circulating through Mexico over the past few days, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, stated this week that he has no news from the Holy See regarding a possible visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the country.

Bishops ask for calm and respect from Chileans in response to Pinochet’s death

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Javier Errázuriz and the President of the Chilean Episcopal Conference (CECH), Bishop Alejandro Goic, have sent a plea requesting that both supporters and critics of former president August Pinochet face his death with calm and respect.

Ok to talk about birth of Jesus at Christmas, lawmakers say

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several legislators gathered with civil and religious rights groups last week on the steps of the U.S. Capitol to kick off a national “Nativity Project” and affirm the right of Christians to speak of Jesus’ birth during the celebration of Christmas.

French residents file lawsuit against city's statue of Pope John Paul II

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some residents of a small town in Brittany have filed a lawsuit, claiming that the 29-foot statue of Pope John Paul II in the central town square violates the country’s 1905 law on the separation of church and state.

Diocese to set up new project across from abortion clinic

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials of the diocese of Tulsa say they may set up a memorial garden for the unborn on a half-acre lot the diocese purchased a few months ago, across the street from the Reproductive Services of Tulsa.

Bishop calls on Argentineans to bear witness to hope amidst relativism

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Baldomero Carlos Martin of San Justo is calling on Catholics to bear witness to hope in an age marked by relativism that blocks “the splendor of Truth.”

Tomb of St. Paul to be visible for pilgrims

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One side of a Roman tomb, long revered as that of St. Paul, has been freed from a 19th-century block of concrete and, thanks to a transparent floor, will soon be visible to the public.

Violence not a means for achieving respect for human rights, says Paraguayan bishop

Dec 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Candido Cardenas of Benjamin Aceval said last week violence is not a legitimate means for bringing about change or for gaining respect for human rights.

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