Archive of February 14, 2007

Vatican Prefect for Clergy reemphasizes the value of priestly celibacy

Feb 14, 2007 - 10:36 pm .- In an article published this Wednesday by the daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, defended the importance of priestly celibacy for the Church, qualifying it as "a precious gift from Christ."

Benedict receives relatives of Israelis soldiers abducted by Hezbollah and Hamas

Feb 14, 2007 - 05:11 pm .- At the conclusion of his Wednesday General Audience today, Pope Benedict XVI received the relatives of three soldiers who were kidnapped last summer by the Islamic terrorist groups Hezbollah and Hamas.

Christians should announce the Gospel without fear, says Pope Benedict XVI

Feb 14, 2007 - 05:01 pm .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI received Bishops from the Italian dioceses of the Marche region along with a group of pilgrims, he exhorted them to announce and to testify the Gospel with courage.  

Vatican addresses “serious anti-Christian attack” in Lebanon

Feb 14, 2007 - 04:50 pm .- Both Pope Benedict XVI and his Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, have addressed a Tuesday morning bomb attack in a Christian area of Lebanon, which killed three and left at least 20 others wounded.

Spain even more generous than Latin America: 800 Spanish missionary priests

Feb 14, 2007 - 11:31 am .- According to the Spanish bishops’ Committee on Missions and Cooperation Between Churches, a total of 800 Spanish diocesan priests are currently on mission in Latin America, with most in Peru (127), the United States (88), Venezuela (82) and Brazil (74).

Spanish diocese prohibits use of Catholic buildings by pseudo-religious sects and movements

Feb 14, 2007 - 11:29 am .- This week the Archdiocese of Burgos in Spain announced it has prohibited the use of church buildings and facilities by pseudo-religious sects that disguise or hide their true identity, in order to thwart their “chameleon-like strategy of proselytism.”

Cuban doctors and lawyers obtaining Master in Bioethics from Catholic university in Spain

Feb 14, 2007 - 11:27 am .- 33 doctors and lawyers from the Diocese of Santa Clara in Cuba are obtaining their Master’s degree in Bioethics from the St. Vincent the Martyr Catholic University of Valencia, Spain. 

Pope Benedict acclaims role of women in Church history

Feb 14, 2007 - 11:13 am .- The role of women in the history of the Church was the theme chosen by Benedict XVI for his catechesis at today's general audience, which was held in the Paul VI Hall in the presence of 20,000 people.  The Holy Father reflected on the thankfulness the Church should have for the countless “manifestations of the feminine ‘genius.’”

Second Edwards Campaigner resigns over anti-Catholic statements

Feb 14, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The second of two liberal bloggers hired by John Edwards’ campaign for the Democratic Presidential nomination resigned Tuesday, following continued pressure from the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights over anti-Catholic comments the two have posted on the internet.  Catholic League President, Bill Donohue, told the AP late Tuesday night that in his mind the issue is now closed.

Bishops identify national priorities in Congo

Feb 14, 2007 - 09:27 am .- The Catholic bishops of Congo issued a powerful statement at the end of their episcopal meeting, identifying priorities for recently elected officials, calling for investigations into recent violence and warning about the possible legalization of abortion.

Catholic group warns of possible step toward eugenics

Feb 14, 2007 - 09:23 am .- Canada’s Catholic Organization for Life and Family (COLF) is calling upon all Canadians, especially obstetricians, gynecologists and expectant parents, to uphold the inherent worth and dignity of every human life after the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada recommended that all pregnant women be given access to non-invasive prenatal genetic screening for fetal aneuploidy, with a particular emphasis on Down’s Syndrome.

Catholic group urges lonely hearts to pray to St. Raphael

Feb 14, 2007 - 09:19 am .- On this Valentine’s Day, a Catholic organization is advising lonely hearts to pray to St. Raphael, one of seven archangels and the patron saint of "happy meetings."

Cardinal says genetic testing legislation should be amended

Feb 14, 2007 - 09:11 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali called on Congress to correct an “unfortunate and apparently unintentional loophole” in the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (H.R. 493), which might discourage parents from adopting or bearing children with disabilities.

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