Archive of January 30, 2007

Cardinal calls Americans to announce the Gospel of Life with greater fervor

Jan 30, 2007 - 02:40 pm .- "Weneed to raise the volumn in announcing the Gospel of Life," with thesewords Cardinal Sean O’Malley strongly urged Americans to join inbuilding a civilization of life and love. TheCardinal-Archbishop of Boston told a packed house of Pro-lifedemonstrators, gathered at a Mass in the Crypt of the Basilica of theNational Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington last weekthat while Gospel of Life must be announced with conviction, it mustalso be proclaimed with love.

Catholic-Orthodox commission returns to work

Jan 30, 2007 - 04:17 pm .- The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity this morning released a communiqué announcing that starting this morning, January 30th, the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox will resume meetings in Rome, in accord with the agreement signed by Pope Benedict XVI and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, during the Pontiff’s recent trip to Turkey. The meeting which will run through the 3rd of February is to be presided by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the pontifical council, and by Metropolitan Anba Bishoy of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

Collegiate Pro-life group plans expansion into Canada

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:51 am .- Crossroads, a national collegiate pro-life organization that has sponsored annual pro-life walks across the United States each summer since 1995, is announcing a proposed expansion to include a walk across Canada in the summer of 2007. The walk would be made up of volunteer students from colleges and universities across Canada and would coincide with the American walks.

Brownback reintroduces Public Expressions of Religion Act

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:46 am .- U.S. Senator Sam Brownback reintroduced the Public Expressions of Religion Act on Jan. 29. The bill would prevent activist groups from using a 1976 civil rights law to recover attorney’s fees when they sue local cities and towns in cases related to public displays of religion and faith.

Chinese cardinal says Vatican should take a harder line with China

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:45 am .- Cardinal Joseph Zen of Hong says he believes it is time for the Vatican to change its strategy with China and take a more uncompromising line as it works toward establishing diplomatic relations with the communist country.

Poll shows decline in support for abortion in Portugal

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:42 am .- As the vote on a referendum on abortion nears in Portugal, a new poll has revealed that support for abortion has dropped by seven points.  Although the results indicate the measure would pass with a slight majority of 54%, pro-life forces are hopeful a defeat of the referendum is within reach.

Pressure to leave murder of Cardinal Posadas unresolved?

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Mexico, “Desde la Fe,” reported this week that there is reason to believe that top officials of the government of former president Carlos Salinas are pressuring authorities “to close the investigation” into the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas Ocampo.

German minister proposes creating European Alliance for the Family

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:38 am .- During a meeting with the European Parliament’s Family and Infancy Protection Group, Germany’s Minister of Family Affairs, Ursula Von der Leyen, announced she would propose to the European Council the adoption of a European Alliance for the Family.

15 thousand march against abortion in Portugal

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:33 am .- More than 15,000 people marched through the streets of Lisbon on Sunday to demonstrate their support for the right to life and against the legalization of abortion, which will be decided by referendum on February 11.

Papal Latinist makes new push to save “dying” language

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Latin is a language that is integral to the life of the Church and it must be saved, says Papal Latinist Fr. Reginald Foster.

New Bishop for Diocese of Youngstown, OH

Jan 30, 2007 - 11:10 am .- Pope Benedict XVI announced Tuesday that the Most Reverend George V. Murry, S.J., has been appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Youngstown in northeastern Ohio. Bishop Murry is currently Bishop of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Catholic Church in UK faces decision on homosexual adoption

Jan 30, 2007 - 10:44 am .- The Catholic hierarchy in the United Kingdom is facing serious questions today following Prime Minister Tony Blair’s declaration last night that Catholic adoption agencies in the United Kingdom will not be exempt from a new law requiring them to provide children for homosexual couples. While the Church in England and Wales has announced its disappointment at the decision, Scotland’s Catholic hierarchy has already declared that it will not close its adoption programs without a fight.   Blair’s cabinet made the decision late yesterday to deny the request of the Catholic Church for an exemption from a law that would require all adoption agencies in the U.K. to place children with homosexual couples.  

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