Archive of January 19, 2007

Ecuador awaits canonization of 19th century blessed

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Officials of the Archdiocese of Guayaquil announced that in April Pope Benedict XVI could approve the Decree of Canonization of Blessed Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran of Ecuador.

Bishops of Colombia oppose military action to free hostages

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, said this week the Colombian bishops oppose the use of military action to liberate hostages being held by the Marxist group “Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia” (FARC).

Spanish bishop to evaluate results of aid sent to Church in Cuba

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The director of Caritas Spain, Bishop Alfonso Milian of Barbastro-Monzon, announced he would attend the General Assembly of Caritas Cuba, which will be held February 1-4, in order to become acquainted with the work being done on the island thanks to the collaboration between the bishops’ conferences of the two countries.

Italian priests join police in fight against satanic crime

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Roman Catholic priests will work with Italian police to tackle a rising tide of crimes linked to satanic worship.

Anglican primate calls for end to Catholic monarch ban

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:01 am .- The new Anglican Primate of All Ireland has called for an end to the ban on Catholics becoming the British monarch. In an interview with the Irish Times newspaper, Bishop Alan Harper, said it is now time to "move on."

Catholic League calls for investigation into child rape film

Jan 19, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue is requesting a federal investigation into the making of the soon-to-be-screened movie that features a 12-year-old actress in a graphic scene.

Georgetown University draws pro-life stars to Cardinal O’Connor event

Jan 19, 2007 - 10:58 am .- More than 500 high school and college students from around the country are expected to attend Georgetown University’s eighth annual Cardinal O'Connor Conference on Life, which will take place Jan. 20- 21, 2007 and will feature pro-life heavy hitters Helen Alvaré and Carl A. Anderson.

Church in Bolivia worried, but remaining optimistic about Morales government

Jan 19, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Fr. Freddy del Villar, Vicar General of the Coroicu Diocese in Bolivia, said that while the Church there remains vigilant regarding the government of Socialist President Evo Morales, they are reserving judgement on the newly revised constitution.  “The Church is worried, but at the same time optimistic about the new constitution the Morales government is preparing,” Fr. del Villar said during a Jan. 18th visit to Aid to the Church in Need headquarters.

Pope calls all Christians to be courageous in preaching the Gospel

Jan 19, 2007 - 10:36 am .- This morning in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received an ecumenical delegation from Finland, reminding them that Christians must be courageous in working together to spread the Gospel.

Quality of clergy depends on the seriousness of their formation, Pope reminds

Jan 19, 2007 - 10:01 am .- The Holy Father today received the superiors and students of the diocesan seminary of Rome, the "Almo Collegio Capranica," on the eve of the feast day of their patroness, St Agnes. The "Almo Collegio," which celebrates its 550th year of existence this year, forms seminarians from Rome and the rest of Italy as well as for dioceses from around the world.  The Pope recalled that the college’s founder, Cardinal Domenico Capranica, desired that the seminary "should be exclusively dedicated to the formation of future priests, with preference shown to candidates from less privileged backgrounds."

Muslims and Christians must reject violence and work together for peace, Pope tells new Turkish ambassador

Jan 19, 2007 - 08:45 am .- Greeting the new ambassador of Turkey to the Holy See in the Vatican this morning, Pope Benedict recalled his recent trip to the country and called for continued interreligious cooperation for peace, in the face of “increasing tensions.”  After receiving the Letters of Credence of Muammer Dogan Akdur, the Holy Father reiterated his “esteem” Muslim believers. The Holy Father underlined how during his "memorable visit" to Turkey he had repeatedly expressed "the Catholic Church's respect for Islam, and the esteem in which the Pope and the faithful hold Muslim believers."

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