Archive of February 9, 2007

Bishop’s Conference: Venezuela’s educational policy reflects march towards totalitarianism similar to Cuba

Feb 9, 2007 - 03:40 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, has denounced the government’s plan to emulate “the educational program that is being implemented in Cuba and which clearly is an affront to everything that the Constitution says about what education should be in a democratic state.”

Shalom Community receives pontifical recognition

Feb 9, 2007 - 03:05 pm .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity announced recently the statutes and way of life of Brazil’s Shalom Catholic Community have received pontifical recognition as an international private association of the faithful for an “ad experimentum” period.

British TV documentary reveals Islamic preaching of hatred against Jews and Christians

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:54 pm .- A television documentary recorded in secret inside numerous mosques in Great Britain reportedly uncovered disturbing evidence that various British imans preach hatred of Jews and Christians, along with the submission of women and Islamic supremacy.

Italian journalist calls for creation of Catholic Anti-Defamation League to combat ‘ideological manipulation’ of history

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:52 pm .- Catholic journalist Vittorio Messori has called for the creation of a Catholic “Anti-Defamation League” in order to combat what he calls the “ideological manipulation” of history by those who are against the Church.

Many protest Italian Cabinet’s approval of new rights for unmarried couples

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:51 pm .- The Italian Cabinet approved proposed legislation Thursday granting legal rights to unmarried heterosexual and same-sex couples. Many, including the Italian Catholic Church and opposition leader Silvio Berlusconi have now vowed to battle against it.

Don’t squelch debate on faith and evolution in public schools, says Cardinal Schoenborn

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:49 pm .- A prominent cardinal condemned a two-year-old U.S. court decision that bars a Pennsylvania school district from teaching “intelligent design”.

US bishops urge congress to address moral, environmental implications of climate change

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:47 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Congress to address the moral and environmental dimensions of global climate change in light of a major international report released last week citing human activity as the likely cause of rising temperatures. 

Vatican representative tells UN: rights of workers, families, must precede any sustainable world development

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:33 pm .- Workers and workers rights must be at the forefront of all sustainable development efforts, urged the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations in New York this week.

Pope Benedict lends full support to international project aimed at combating pandemic disease

Feb 9, 2007 - 02:28 pm .- Speaking today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called a new initiative aimed at combating pandemic disease an effort of solidarity “which our world needs in order to overcome every form of selfishness and to foster the peaceful coexistence of peoples.”

Pope lauds Colombia’s Catholic heritage, challenges country to search for peace, social reforms

Feb 9, 2007 - 09:21 am .- In an address given at the Vatican Friday, Pope Benedict applauded efforts of the Central American nation of Colombia toward greater peace and reconciliation, but stressed the long road ahead as the country seeks to combat numerous social and moral ills.

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