Archive of December 15, 2006

Christmas gifts are a reminder of Jesus, the greatest gift given to mankind, Pope tells youth

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting held with the university students of Rome Thursday afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that Christmas is, above all else, the celebration of the greatest gift God has given to mankind, the gift of Himself.

Motu Propio after Christmas, Apostolic Exhortation in January

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sources close to the Vatican have told Catholic News Agency that the Motu Propio by which Pope Benedict XVI would allow for the universal use of the Missal of St. Pius V may be published after Christmas, while the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist could come in mid-January 2007.

Court rules in favor of Australian pastors, accused of vilifying Islam

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of Victoria in Australia upheld the appeal of two Australian pastors who could have faced jail time for publicly comparing Christianity with Islam.

Cardinal condemns revisionist history of the Holocaust

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops stand in solidarity with the universal Church in condemning “revisionist history” that seeks to minimize the horror of the Holocaust, said Cardinal William Keeler in a statement entitled, “We Must Remember the Shoah.”

Schoolboy starts village prayer center after claiming visions of Jesus

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An abandoned hut on the outskirts of a central Indian town has become a prayer center at the instruction of a 10-year-old boy who claims to have visions of Jesus.

International community guilty of lots of talk, no action regarding Darfur, says archbishop

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- It’s a lot of talk but no action when it comes to the international community's reaction to the devastating situation in Darfur, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations offices in Geneva, said this week.

President of pontifical council donates $1.3 million to Christians in the Holy Land

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes is in the Holy Land until December 19 to manifest Pope Benedict XVI’s spiritual closeness to the local Christian communities and to deliver a large financial donation.

Catholic magazine calls for educational reform in Cuba

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The magazine “Vitral,” which is published by the Center for Civic and Religious Formation (CCRF) of the Diocese of Pinar del Rio, distributed an important document entitled, “Ethical Proposal for a Christian-inspired Educational Project for Cuba.”

Argentinean bishops say CEDAW a threat to sovereignty

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina has issued a strong statement criticizing the government’s recent decision to ratify the U.N.’s Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), saying it has “compromised the juridical sovereignty of Argentina.”

Pope Benedict receives Egyptian Patriarch, praises Alexandrian tradition

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI met today with His Beatitude Antonios Naguib, the Patriarch of Alexandria for Catholic Copts who is officially visiting the Holy See for the first time since his election in March of this year.

Pope’s preacher suggests greater penitence for sins of Church ministers

Dec 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the official preacher of the Papal household, began his Advent retreat for the Holy Father and members of the Curia today in the Vatican’s Redemptoris Mater Chapel.  Continuing on his earlier Lenten reflections on the beatitudes, Fr. Cantalamessa reflected on the beatitude, “Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  In the course of his reflection, the preacher said that the Church should atone for sins perpetrated by those who are supposed to be acting in the name of Christ.

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