Archive of December 14, 2006

Cardinal Medina says Pope set to restore Mass of St. Pius V

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of the Ecclesia Dei commission this week, which is responsible for maintaining dialogue with the Lefevbrist movement, the former head of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Jorge Medina, said Pope Benedict XVI it was “very probable” that Pope Benedict XVI would issue an indult for the celebration of the Mass of St. Pius V.

Chinese government tortures then releases four Catholics

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After being detained for more than 32 days, four Catholics of the underground Church in China in the province of Xinjang were recently released by the government.

Protestants declare Chavez their “elder bishop” and demand power in Venezuela

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Leaders of the Protestant community “Christian Center of Salvation” have called for a new law that would declare President Hugo Chavez to be the “elder bishop” of Venezuelan Protestants, require their beliefs to be taught in schools and demand economic benefits for their leaders.

Vatican hoists its tallest Christmas tree ever

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Standing alongside the larger-than-life Nativity scene in St. Peter’s Square this year is the tallest Christmas tree ever to grace the Vatican display.

Maronite patriarch in talks with Lebanon’s political leaders

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir has had several meetings with political meetings recently, urging them to resolve the current political crisis in Lebanon through dialogue and peaceful means. He has also urged all Lebanese to stand united, in order to end the prevailing political crisis and to restore security, stability, peace, and independence in Lebanon.

Archbishop speaks against separate school policies for homosexual students

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Birmingham has said that no particular or separate policy is needed in Catholic schools to protect homosexual students from bullying because all students — regardless of their sexual inclinations — share the same inherent dignity.

Catholics and Orthodox called to continue ever deeper relations, Pope says

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Holy Father received His Beatitude Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, who is making an historic official visit to the Vatican.  Pope Benedict XVI recounted the strong relationship between the Roman and Greek worlds since the beginning of Christianity and called for a renewed effort to deepen relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Christians.

Bishops call for immigration reform, seek to help families affected by massive raid

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops in six U.S. dioceses are reacting this week to a raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, which resulted in nearly 1,300 arrests.  Families of many of the arrested workers have sought assistance from their churches to locate arrested loved ones and provide for life needs after losing their primary sources of income.

Pope and Greek Orthodox leader sign joint declaration

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following their private meeting in the Vatican this morning, Pope Benedict XVI and His Beatitude Christodoulos, archbishop of Athens and of all Greece, signed a Joint Declaration in the presence of members of the archbishop's Greek delegation and of Catholic representatives.

Holy See refuses to sign U.N. document which states a right to abort babies with disabilities

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations delivered a speech yesterday stating the Holy See’s overall approval for a new U.N. Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities, but stated, for the record, the Vatican’s refusal to sign the Convention due to its inclusion of a provision that would support the abortion of babies with disabilities.

Pope tells new ambassadors, national leaders must care more for the needs of citizens

Dec 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of six new ambassadors to the Holy See. They are: Lars Moller of Denmark, Maratbek Salievic Bakiev of Kyrgyzstan, Carlos Dos Santos of Mozambique, Princess Elizabeth Bagaya of Uganda, Makram Obeid of Syria, and Makase Nyaphisi of Lesotho.

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