Archive of January 25, 2007

Cardinal Bertone emphasizes the efforts of Pope Pius XII to save Jews during the Holocaust

Jan 25, 2007 - 04:06 pm .- During the presentation of a new book chronicling the “anonymous heroes” who worked against the Holocaust during World War II, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, recalled the exemplary role of Pope Pius XII in the fight against the Nazi’s and in the effort to help those in need, especially the Jews.   According to Vatican Radio the Cardinal said on Wednesday that independent historical research has now proven that Pope Pius and those around him sought to help all who were in need during the war.

Beatification process opened for 16 Spanish martyrs

Jan 25, 2007 - 12:36 pm .- The Archdiocese of Barcelona has announced that Archbishop Luis Martinez Sistach will preside at a ceremony this Thursday opening the cause of beatification of 16 religious and laypeople who were martyred during the Spanish Civil War of 1936.

Bishop warns against “contagious pessimism” from negative media coverage of the Church

Jan 25, 2007 - 12:33 pm .- Bishop Juan Del Rio of Asidonia-Jerez de la Frontera encouraged Catholics this week not to fall prey to the “contagious pessimism” fostered by the “prophets of gloom and doom” in the media who, he said, constantly portray the Church in a negative and biased fashion.

Government in Spanish region of Catalonia publishes “secular liturgical ritual” for baptism, marriage, and funerals

Jan 25, 2007 - 12:26 pm .- The government in the Spanish region of Catalonia has published a new manual consisting of pagan formulas to substitute for the traditional Christian rites of baptism, marriage, and burial.

Vatican official condemns “self-genocide” of human race

Jan 25, 2007 - 11:59 am .- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, denounced this week the different attacks on human life in all its stages, saying mankind is “marching towards a self-genocide of the human race.”

Help the faithful rediscover the daily importance of Sacred Scripture, Pope instructs Synod of Bishops

Jan 25, 2007 - 10:31 am .- At midday today, the Holy Father received members of the ordinary council of the Synod of Bishops, who are currently preparing a General Assembly of the Synod on the subject of Sacred Scripture.  Pope Benedict expressed his hope that the synod might help to rediscover the importance of the Bible in the lives of all the faithful.

New era of relations between the Holy See and Vietnam begins

Jan 25, 2007 - 10:28 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI received Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dang of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.  The meeting is expected to signal a new age in relations between the Holy See and the developing nation which boasts one of the largest Catholic populations in Asia. After his meeting with the Holy Father, the first between a Pope and Prime Minster of Vietnam, Dang also met with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., and Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.

Christian schools in India refuse government order to observe Hindu practice

Jan 25, 2007 - 09:23 am .- The Archdiocese of Bhopal issued a statement condemning a government order that obliges students in all schools and colleges to observe the Hindu practice of Suryana maskar on Jan. 25.

Boston archdiocese proposes redistribution of $3M from closed parishes

Jan 25, 2007 - 09:11 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston wants to distribute more than $3 million held by closed parishes to 58 churches that took in parishioners after by closings.

Church of England supports Catholic position on homosexual adoption

Jan 25, 2007 - 09:05 am .- The Church of England has weighed in on the public debate on whether the Catholic Church should be exempt from a gay-rights law that would force 12 Catholic adoption agencies to place children with same-sex couples or close their doors.

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