Archive of February 13, 2007

Spiritual poverty is worse than material poverty, Pope’s message says

Feb 13, 2007 - 04:03 pm .- To celebrate the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI’s Lenten message, a press conference was held today at the Vatican.  Speaking at the conference were Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, President of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," and Fr. Oreste Benzi, president of the John XXIII Foundation.  Archbishop Cordes noted that through his message this year, the Pope is decrying the poverty of God’s presence in today’s world, saying that, “the absence of God is worse than material poverty.”   Until now the pontiffs' Lenten Messages have concentrated, said Archbishop Cordes, "on works of charity in the sense of the social commitment of Christians." However, Benedict XVI's Message this year "focuses forcefully upon God the Father of Jesus Christ and has, therefore, not an anthropocentric but a theocentric emphasis. ... This alteration is also discernable in the preaching of Benedict XVI in general. He seems to want us to address ourselves more intensely to the Father in heaven, to entrust ourselves to His Son, Jesus Christ."

Argentinean bishop calls for prayer for CELAM conference

Feb 13, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- Bishop Jose Luis Mollaghan of Rosario is calling on the faithful in Argentina to pray for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference, which will take place in Aparecida, Brazil and will be inaugurated by Pope Benedict XVI.

First Catholic church in Granada celebrates 525th anniversary

Feb 13, 2007 - 11:59 am .- The parish of Our Lady of the Incarnation in Alhama de Granada, the first Christian church consecrated in the Kingdom of Granada by order of Queen Isabel the Catholic, is celebrating this year its 525th anniversary.

Colombian bishops make energetic call for reconciliation in the country

Feb 13, 2007 - 11:58 am .- Amidst the climate of violence and tension which Colombians are suffering, the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, gathered for its 82nd Plenary Assembly, issued a statement calling for reconciliation, “so that victims, victimizers and society in general might know the profound experience of forgiveness.”

The world must rediscover riches of Natural Law, Benedict says

Feb 13, 2007 - 11:51 am .- Late yesterday morning, the Holy Father received in audience participants in an international congress on Natural Law, being promoted by the Pontifical Lateran University.

One anti-Catholic Edwards campaigner quits, Donohue calls for termination of second

Feb 13, 2007 - 11:25 am .- Following the first day of a “public relations blitz” on the part of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, one of the chief campaign bloggers for Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards quit Monday evening.  The resignation of Amanda Marcotte came on the same day that the Catholic League publicized a new post she made regarding the Virgin Birth of Jesus.

Pope’s Lenten message: From the side of Christ flows an example of self-giving

Feb 13, 2007 - 11:22 am .- In his message to the world’s faithful for Lent of 2007, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that God’s act of suffering and death on the Cross was not only an act of love directed at mankind, but an invitation for men and women to emulate His love towards one another.

Vatican official calls for reconciliation of faith and science

Feb 13, 2007 - 09:25 am .- The Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Science, Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, spoke recently on the need to overcome the unnecessary barriers between faith and science which modern currents of thought create regarding life issues, the origin of man, and the biological conception of the person.

Not voting is sin, says Lithuanian archbishop

Feb 13, 2007 - 09:11 am .- The Catholic primate of Lithuania has called on all citizens to vote in the upcoming municipal elections, stating that failing to participate in the ballot is a sin, reported The Baltic Times.

‘Screwtape Letters’ to be released on film

Feb 13, 2007 - 09:06 am .- The company that produced The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is planning to adapt C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters into a major motion picture that will open in theaters nationwide in early 2008.

Pro-lifers encourage New Hampshire legislature to keep parental notification laws

Feb 13, 2007 - 09:03 am .- A national pro-life group is calling on New Hampshire legislators to preserve the state's parental notification law. New Hampshire is one of several states which is considering putting an end to parental notification.

Cardinal Zen says China’s actions are “acts of war”

Feb 13, 2007 - 01:23 am .- The leading Roman Catholic Bishop of China, Cardinal Joseph Zen has once again spoken out against the Communist government’s recent decisions to appoint bishops without the Vatican’s permission.  The Archbishop of Hong Kong told the BBC late last week that the Chinese government is waging a war to destroy the Church.

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