Archive of January 16, 2007

Venezuelan archbishop likens “21st century Socialism” to a “supermarket”

Jan 16, 2007 - 06:01 pm .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras of Merida said this week the 21st century Socialism touted by the Venezuelan government is ideologically vague, aims to “distract attention,” and “seems more like a supermarket.”

Parents demand a say in contents of controversial school course

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:58 pm .- The president of the National Catholic Federation of Parents’ Associations in Spain, Luis Carbonel, is demanding the Ministry of Education allow parents to have a say in the contents of the controversial course “Education for Citizenship and Human Rights,” which the government is seeking to make mandatory, “in order to avoid having each local region in the country structure the course according to its own understanding of values.”

Sunday should be center of Christian life, says Peruvian cardinal

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:58 pm .- During a Mass celebrating the 472nd anniversary of the founding of Peru’s capital, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, said Sunday should be the center of the Christian life.

Mt. Soledad Cross removal order vacated by appeals judge

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:46 pm .- The City of San Diego is no longer required to remove the Mt. Soledad Cross, according to a ruling by a panel of appeals court judges. Seventeen years ago, atheist Philip Paulson filed a lawsuit against the city and demanded that the cross be removed.

No plans to discipline Pelosi, says Washington Archbishop

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:42 pm .- Archbishop Donald Wuerl says he has no plans to prevent House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from receiving Communion despite her overt support for abortion, embryonic same-sex research, and same-sex marriage.

Pro-life organizations urge citizens to block anti-speech bill

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:10 pm .- The United States Senate will soon vote on Senate bill S1 that may prohibit advocacy groups including pro-life groups from sending e-mails informing voters about certain bills and urging them to contact their elected officials.   Senate bill S1 is intended to reform lobbying in Washington and includes a provision in the disclosure of paid efforts to stimulate grassroots lobbying. This provision would in effect create complicated and expensive reporting requirements on advocacy groups. Organizations such as National Right to Life, Family Research Council, American Family Association, and the Population Research Institute, along with many others are concerned.

Vatican expert previews Pope Benedict XVI’s new book

Jan 16, 2007 - 05:04 pm .- In an article titled, “The Next Battle For and Against Jesus Will Be Fought by the Book,” Sandro Magister, a Vatican expert who writes for the Italian weekly, L’espresso, has published in five languages the complete preface from Pope Benedict XVI’s new book, “Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.”  The upcoming release will be the first of an anticipated two volume set, with the first slated go on sale sometime this spring.  Magister predicts the new book, “will be the best-seller of the year.”Though the book will not be released for several months, Magister notes, “a week does not go by without Benedict XVI preaching about the book’s protagonist: Jesus ‘true God and true man.’” 

New bishop in Mexico youngest in the world

Jan 16, 2007 - 02:04 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has named 38 year-old Father Emigdio Duarte Figueroa, until now the rector of the Diocesan seminary in Culiacan, the new Auxiliary Bishop of Culiacan, making him the youngest bishop in the world.

Catholic archbishop opposes government-imposed Hindu practice

Jan 16, 2007 - 02:00 pm .- The practices of one religion should not be imposed on people of other religions, said a Catholic archbishop in response to a recent government decision to make a Hindu ritual compulsory in all public schools and colleges.

John Paul II gadget a hit on Italian newsstands

Jan 16, 2007 - 01:20 pm .- A new gadget offering a digitally recorded blessing from the late Pope John Paul II has been selling like hotcakes at Italian newsstands.

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