Archive of February 15, 2007

Pope changes things up in Vatican Dicastery

Feb 15, 2007 - 04:27 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI made major changes in leadership at the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Thursday, accepting the resignation of current President Cardinal Julian Herranz and naming a new president, vice-president, and secretary for the Pontifical Council.

Bishop Aquila challenges Catholic politicians to act in accord with their faith

Feb 15, 2007 - 03:37 pm .- Bishop Samuel Aquila, the Bishop of Fargo, has issued a strong challenge to Catholic politicians, reminding them that they have a responsibility to ensure that their actions reflect their Catholic faith. In his diocesan newspaper column posted today on the Diocese of Fargo Web Site, the bishop reminds politicians that, “every act of violence that attacks an innocent human person from the moment of conception to natural death is against the will of God and rejects the inherent dignity of the human person.”

Pope to celebrate Ash Wednesday Mass at Santa Sabina

Feb 15, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See announced this morning that Pope Benedict will preside at an Ash Wednesday Mass this Wednesday, February 21st at the Basilica of Santa Sabina.

Bishop says Turkey should promote pluralism and respect for minorities

Feb 15, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- “In order to counter nationalist ambitions, Turkey must continue its journey towards a democratic process that will admit of pluralism and will acknowledge minorities. That’s the only way to show Europe that it is ready to join the Union,” said Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia.

Anniversary of apparition of child Jesus to Sister Lucia to be commemorated in Spain

Feb 15, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- In order to commemorate the 81st anniversary of the apparition of the Child Jesus to Sister Lucia in 1926, various activities will held on February 15 at the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontevedra, where the apparition took place.

Most doctors in Portugal oppose abortion

Feb 15, 2007 - 11:52 am .- The Dean of the College of Medicine of Portugal, Pedro Nunes, said this week that the Physicians’ Code of Ethics defends human life from conception and that most doctors oppose abortion.  Nunes said that doctors, therefore, have the right to exercise conscientious objection in the event that abortion is imposed on the country.

Pro-life leaders denounce report on abortion in Nicaragua

Feb 15, 2007 - 11:51 am .- Pro-life doctors and leaders in Nicaragua have strongly denounced the lack of scientific basis and the clear pro-abortion slant of a supposed “technical report” that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has published in response to the outlawing of therapeutic abortion in Nicaragua.

Lebanese Catholics and Muslims honor slain Hariri, rally against Syria

Feb 15, 2007 - 11:44 am .- Around 300,000 Lebanese gathered in Beirut’s Martyrs Square yesterday to honor Rafik al-Hariri, the former premier who was killed two years ago on Feb. 14. The crowd, made up of Muslims and Maronite Catholics called for justice regarding Hariri’s assassination and showed their support for the current anti-Syrian government.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul provides aid to tornado victims

Feb 15, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is providing assistance to victims of the recent tornados in Florida.

Archbishop of Paris pays visit to Yad Vashem

Feb 15, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Archbishop André Vingt-Trois of Paris is leading more than 600 French pilgrims, including clergymen, theologians, pilgrimage tour operators and journalists, on a visit to the Holy Land. They arrived in Israel on Monday.

Cardinal Zen calls for China-Vatican negotiations, denies obstructing communications

Feb 15, 2007 - 10:40 am .- In response to recent media reports, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun of Hong Kong has reemphasized his desire to see negotiations and dialogue between China and the Vatican in order to move toward the normalization of diplomatic relations.

Pope offers prayers for peace and stability in Korea

Feb 15, 2007 - 10:26 am .- Thursday morning at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI received the President of the Republic of Korea, Roh Moo-hyun.  The Holy Father offered to the President his prayers and greetings for all the people of the Korean peninsula, encouraged greater respect for the sanctity of life and marriage, and urged peace and an end to the nuclear arms race in North Korea.

Cardinal Bertone to hold summit on Latin American situation

Feb 15, 2007 - 10:02 am .- From February 15 to 17, a meeting of Pontifical representatives to Latin America will be held in the Vatican. The gathering has been called by Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., in preparation for the Fifth General Assembly of the Episcopate of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM), due to be celebrated in Aparecida, Brazil from May 13 to 31.

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