Archive of January 31, 2007

Pope’s UN Rep. stresses need to convert hearts for peace

Jan 31, 2007 - 05:16 pm .- Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations at Geneva led an Inter-Religious Service for Peace on at the organization Tuesday evening.  The archbishop told those gathered that the struggle to bring peace in an evermore complex and violent world must begin at the heart of every individual. Tomasi insisted to the various national representatives and faith leaders gathered, that despite differences in religious and cultural backgrounds, they can have confidence that peace is an achievable goal, “deeply rooted in the core-values and insights shared by all faith traditions that God our Creator has endowed each person with an inalienable dignity and thus given us equality of rights and duties and established and unbreakable solidarity among all women and men.

Pope could preside at Beatifications during visit to Brazil in May

Jan 31, 2007 - 12:32 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI, who is scheduled to visit Brazil May 9-13 for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops, could beatify four Brazilian Servants of God, according to media sources in Rome.

Chilean President authorizes sale of morning after pill to 14 year-olds

Jan 31, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet, has signed an order authorizing the free distribution of the morning after pill in public health centers, making it available even to 14 year-olds without parental consent.

Nicaragua’s First Lady gives assurance that "therapeutic" abortion will remain illegal

Jan 31, 2007 - 12:19 pm .- Speaking to reporters this week, Nicaragua’s First Lady and Communications Coordinator, Rosario Murillo, said the government intends to respect and follow the country’s Penal Code, which outlaws so-called therapeutic abortion.

Murder of Archbishop Duarte result of pact between rival drug lords and guerrilla movements

Jan 31, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- The late Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali, Colombia, died as a result of an unusual conspiracy between drug lords, Marxist rebels, and paramilitary groups.  That was the revelation made this week by Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria, who said he received the information directly - outside the seal of confession - from the assassinated paramilitary leader Carlos Castano Gil, just after the killing of the archbishop.

Pope Benedict’s “love letter” continues to sell out

Jan 31, 2007 - 11:50 am .- Its been just over a year since its release, yet Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclical letter continues to be a best seller.  According to the Rome-based ANSA news agency the Pontiff’s profound discussion of human and divine love is proving to be one of the most commercially successful doctrinal tracts ever written by a Pope.

Colorado Congresswoman to force embryonic stem cell research bill on Bush

Jan 31, 2007 - 11:28 am .- If President George Bush follows through on his promise and issues a second veto of a measure legalizing public funding of embryonic stem cell research, Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette said she would attach the bill to important legislation the president must sign.

Italian Bishops blast law on unwed couples

Jan 31, 2007 - 11:21 am .- The Italian Catholic bishops have voiced their opposition to a plan to present legislation in Italian Parliament that would give cohabiting and same-sex couples the same legal rights as married couples.

Students celebrate Catholic Schools Week on Capitol Hill

Jan 31, 2007 - 11:13 am .- As the nation’s nearly 8,000 Catholic school students celebrate Catholic Schools Week a small delegation is visiting the U.S. Capitol to spread the “good news” about Catholic Education.

New Toronto Archbishop calls Canadians to keep eyes on heaven through work on earth

Jan 31, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The new archbishop of Canada’s largest diocese was installed yesterday at St. Michael’s Cathedral in downtown Toronto, reminding the faithful that life in this world is aimed at the reality of heaven, the “New Jerusalem,” but that all Christians can work towards creating the Kingdom of God on earth. Archbishop Thomas Collins, 60, succeeds Cardinal Aloysius Ambrozic, 76, who retired after reaching the canonical age of retirement.  Archbishop Collins presided at his own installation mass, attended by more than 50 bishops, 300 priests and 1,000 faithful.

Sanctity does not mean never having sinned, Pope Benedict reminds

Jan 31, 2007 - 10:09 am .- In today's general audience Benedict XVI resumed his catechesis on outstanding figures of the early Church, concentrating on the three principal collaborators of St. Paul: Barnabas, Silas and Apollos. 

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