Archive of January 15, 2007

Missionary Priest praises charity’s work in Angola

Jan 15, 2007 - 04:20 pm .- Preaching recently at a Mass in his native Chile, Father Luis Brevis praised the work Catholic organization, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has done in the African nation of Angola.  Celebrating Mass to mark the 25th anniversary of his priesthood, Fr. Brevis said that ACN can assist those who are in pain because they know who to unite pain to the Cross of Christ

USCCB official says House embryonic stem cell bill “misguided and unethical”

Jan 15, 2007 - 03:49 pm .- Following the United States House of Representatives’ decision to pass H.R. 3, a bill that would remove current limits on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, Richard Doerflinger, Deputy Director of the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voiced criticism and argued that Congress should back the type of ethical stem cell research that is supported by most Americans.

Spanish bishops urge citizens to welcome immigrants

Jan 15, 2007 - 03:32 pm .- The Catholic bishops of Spain are urging all people of good will to “adopt an attitude of cordial welcome and fraternal relations with immigrant families.”

School bans Catholic girl from wearing crucifix

Jan 15, 2007 - 03:28 pm .- A Catholic schoolgirl in England has been banned from wearing a crucifix in class, the school said the girl is prohibited from wearing the symbol for health and safety reasons.

Weep for victims, not the dictator, Cardinal Pell says of Hussein

Jan 15, 2007 - 01:49 pm .- CardinalGeorge Pell addressed the international debate that emerged afterSaddam Hussein’s hanging regarding whether the former dictator shouldhave been executed or sentenced to life in prison.

300,000 holy cards of the Child Jesus distributed in Cuba during “Missionary Christmas”

Jan 15, 2007 - 01:28 pm .- Some 300,000 holy cards of the Child Jesus were distributed throughout Cuba as part of the “Missionary Christmas” campaign, helping hundreds of thousands of Catholics to celebrate the Christmas holiday with greater joy.

Brazilian governor wants to install condom dispensers in schools

Jan 15, 2007 - 01:24 pm .- The ministries of Health and of Education in Brazil have announced a plan to install condom dispensers in public schools that offer sexual and reproductive education courses.

Polish Bishops call for day of prayer and repentance following recent events

Jan 15, 2007 - 01:15 pm .- Following a special meeting of the Polish Bishops’ Conference to discuss “the state of the Church in Poland” the bishops released a statement and called for a special day of prayer and repentance on Ash Wednesday, this coming February 21st.  The meeting and statement comes in response to recent concern over the collaboration of some Polish clergy with the Communist regime of the late 20th century.

Israeli government to install emergency exit in Church of the Holy Sepulcher

Jan 15, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- The Prime Minister of Israel, Ehud Olmert, the Minister for Jerusalem Affairs, Yaacov Edri, have announced that the government will install an emergency exit in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher as a security measure to protect the thousands of pilgrims that visit the shrine.

Nuncio announces new procedures for selection of bishops in Poland

Jan 15, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- In the wake of the resignation of Archbishop Stanislaw Wielgus of Warsaw, the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk announced a revamping of the procedures for selecting bishops in the country.

US bishop calls for urgent national debate on Iraq

Jan 15, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a “substantive, civil and non-partisan” national debate on the nature of U.S. involvement in Iraq and alternative choices about how to move forward in the Middle Eastern country.

Migration should also be seen as a resource for world progress, Pope says

Jan 15, 2007 - 10:24 am .- Before the thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus on the Sunday marking the World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Benedict XVI said that migration must not be seen only as a problem, but also as a “resource for the progress of mankind.”   The Holy Father pointed to the Holy Family of Nazareth as example of the migrant family – especially in St. Matthew's account of their flight to escape the persecution of Herod.  In their drama, he said, "we contemplate the painful condition of so many migrants, especially refugees, exiles, displaced people, and the persecuted. We particularly recognize the difficulties of migrant families: their discomforts, humiliations, privations and frailties."

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