Archive of February 19, 2007

Global warming threats exaggerated, says Cardinal Pell

Feb 19, 2007 - 01:36 pm .- Cardinal George Pell is calling for caution regarding exaggerated claims of severe global warming and says he’s “deeply skeptical about man-made catastrophic global warming, but still open to further evidence.”

Reclaim Sundays for God and family, says bishop

Feb 19, 2007 - 01:30 pm .- Catholics must reclaim Sunday as a holy day, dedicated to the Lord and to family, said Bishop Robert Baker of Charleston in a Feb. 9 letter to pastors.

Church in Africa ponders future, reflects on past

Feb 19, 2007 - 01:05 pm .- The Church in Africa reflected on its last 50 years and pondered where it is headed at a three-day international conference last week.

Government should avoid both “savage capitalism” and Marxism-Leninism, say Venezuelan Catholics

Feb 19, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- In a statement issued at the conclusion of their Ordinary Assembly, which took place January 26-28, the National Council of Laity of Venezuela (NCLV) said the country’s government should avoid “both savage capitalism and Marxist-Leninist ideology, in order to guarantee respect for the dignity and freedom of the human person.”

Pope encourages Latin America to deepen Catholic identity

Feb 19, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI met with the Apostolic Nuncios of Latin America at the conclusion of the preparatory meeting for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), reminding them that the true identity of the Latin American countries was created by the encounter between their cultures and the Christian faith.

Relativism and agnosticism have led to crisis in marriage and the family, Madrid cardinal says

Feb 19, 2007 - 11:29 am .- During a day of study and reflection for the priests in his archdiocese, Cardinal Antonio Rouco of Madrid offered his analysis of the current status of marriage and the family in Spain and the whole of Europe.  The Cardinal told his priests that relativism, agnosticism, and “laicism” have led to “the biggest crisis in the entire history of Europe” regarding the concept of man and of marriage and the family.

Pro-life leader denounces Socialist party deceptions in Portugal

Feb 19, 2007 - 11:28 am .- In a press conference on the results of the February 11th referendum on abortion in Portugal, the President of the Portuguese Federation for Life (PFL), Isilda Pegado, has denounced what she called the lies of the ruling Socialist party, saying the government has deceived voters on the issue.

Former Charismatic Episcopal archbishop joins Roman Catholic Church

Feb 19, 2007 - 11:18 am .- A former archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church (CEC), Randolph Sly, has been received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, along with his wife, Sandra.

Priest confessors are “active instruments of divine mercy,” Pope reminds in address on Sacrament of Penance

Feb 19, 2007 - 10:14 am .- Today in the Vatican, the Pope received Cardinal James F. Stafford, major penitentiary of the Apostolic Penitentiary, prelates and officials of that tribunal, and those priests and prelates who hear confessions at the basilicas of Rome.  The Holy Father reminded those gathered and all priests of their role as transmitters of the mercy of God to the world.

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