Archive of February 8, 2007

Totalitarianism is on the march in Venezuela, archbishop warns

Feb 8, 2007 - 03:50 pm .- In a forceful editorial this week, Archbishop Ovidio Perez Morales, one of the most respected Church leaders in Venezuela denounced the march towards totalitarianism that the current government has undertaken. The Archbishop Emeritus of Los Teques, cited a definition of totalitarianism offered by John Paul II, saying that it “destroys the fundamental freedom of man and violates his rights.”

Vatican curtly denies Italian media rumors

Feb 8, 2007 - 03:09 pm .- In a brief but firm communiqué Thursday morning, Father Federico Lombardi S.J., Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, denied the validity of a story in the Italian daily "La Stampa."  Lombardi said the story’s purported “revelations” which claimed that the Vatican Secretary of State has agreed to a request from the government of Italy to keep quiet on social issues and that the Holy See is receiving pressure from certain bishops over the appointment of the next President of the Italian Episcopal Conference are both false.

Condoms not the answer for Zambian pandemic, AIDS-fighting nun says

Feb 8, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- Preaching chastity and fidelity are “the only way” to tackle an AIDS pandemic sweeping Zambia, according to a nun who has set up a hospice for people infected by HIV. Sister Maria Crucis Beards recently spelled out the ineffectiveness of condoms and how the devices actually encourage promiscuity.

Costa Rican Archbishop: Catholic education is key for evangelization

Feb 8, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- In a message to the faithful on the occasion of the beginning of the 2007 school year in Costa Rica, Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of San Jose said that Catholic education is a fundamental instrument of the Church for evangelization.

Nicaraguan Cardinal expresses openness to proposal to head reconciliation commission

Feb 8, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo, Archbishop Emeritus of Managua, said this week that he was open to accepting a proposal made by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega to head up a Peace and Reconciliation Commission, and said he would submit his decision to the Holy See for its approval.

“Education for Citizenship” disfigures truth about man, says Spanish cardinal

Feb 8, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- In comments this week about a controversial school course which the Spanish government wants mandated throughout the country, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Toledo said, “Education for Citizenship is terribly bad, not only because of its content, but also because it disfigures the truth about man.”

Growing number of seniors fear being euthanized, group reports

Feb 8, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Family Life International says an increasing number of elderly New Zealanders are concerned about being euthanized by medical staff.

Pontiff highlights importance and vitality of new movements and charisms

Feb 8, 2007 - 10:57 am .- The Pope today received participants in the annual meeting of bishops, friends of the "Focolare" movement, who are considering the theme: "Christ crucified and abandoned, light in the cultural night," and participants in the ninth congress of bishops, friends of the Sant'Egidio Community, who are studying the question: "The globalization of love." The Pope told the bishops that their closeness to these movements "highlights the vitality of new groupings of the faithful, and expresses the communion between charisms that constitutes a typical 'sign of the times.'"

Bishop said situation of Czech Church “not easy”

Feb 8, 2007 - 10:30 am .- Bishop Vojtech Cikrle, Bishop of Brno, Moravia, spoke with Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently, telling the Catholic charity that the Catholic Church in the Czech Republic remains in bad shape.

Archdiocese to cooperate with judge’s order to open personnel files

Feb 8, 2007 - 08:59 am .- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee will cooperate with a judge’s order to release 3,000 pages of insurance records and confidential files related to a priest who had been convicted of molestation.

Students prepare for Annual Day of Purity, Feb. 14

Feb 8, 2007 - 08:56 am .- Students across the United States and around the world will be celebrating St. Valentine's Day by educating their peers on the value of sexual purity.

Cardinal urges Portugal to reject abortion in upcoming vote

Feb 8, 2007 - 08:48 am .- Portugal's top cleric urged followers to reject abortion as the predominantly Catholic country heads into a weekend referendum on whether to do away with the country's pro-life legislation.

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