Archive of March 9, 2007

Top Islam expert says internal struggle in Muslim countries will make the difference

Mar 9, 2007 - 11:02 pm .- The future of Christians in the Middle East and the creation of a society in which Muslims, Christians, and Jews can peacefully coexist lies in an internal struggle between the peaceful Muslim majority and a minority of fundamentalists.  A successful change will require the emergence of leaders in the Muslim world who have the religious importance to promote a different reading of the Koran and the life of Mohammed.  So says Fr. Samir Khalil Samir, an Egyptian Jesuit, who is one of the Church’s leading experts on Islam.

Health policy gives green light to “therapeutic abortion” in Peru

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:41 pm .- Health officials in Lima have adopted a new norm at one of Lima’s state-run hospitals that would permit therapeutic abortion.  The new norm, pro-life leaders say, gives a green light to legal abortion in Peru.

Lima Cardinal says Eucharist is central for the baptized

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:38 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, said this week in order for participation in Sunday Mass to be central for all the baptized, it will always be necessary to deepen understanding of the Eucharist.

Pro-life Chileans seek legal protection for the unborn

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:35 pm .- Pro-life groups in Chile are pushing for legislation to give legal status to human embryos and to the unborn at any stage of development and to assure their proper burial in case they are aborted.

Cardinal Dziwisz celebrates Mass before tomb of John Paul II

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:33 pm .- The Archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, celebrated Mass this week before the tomb of the Servant of God John Paul II and prayed for his beatification and for national reconciliation for Poland.

Mistakenly aborted child in Italy died after hours of agony

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:31 pm .- A 22 week-old baby that was aborted after his mother was told he might be deformed died at a hospital in Florence after several hours of intense suffering.  Doctors said the baby survived the abortion procedure and that afterwards they discovered he was completely healthy.

Anglican head says there is no plan for reunification, but talks continue

Mar 9, 2007 - 01:17 pm .- The Archbishop of Canterbury and Head of the Worldwide Anglican Communion, Rowan Williams told reporters in South Africa today that there is no immediate plan to reunited the Anglican and Catholic churches after a nearly five hundred year split, but that the two churches would continue their 40-year-old dialogue aimed at unity.

US bishops: policies that deny refugees, terror victims asylum must be changed

Mar 9, 2007 - 12:41 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has joined a coalition of religious groups and refugee advocates in calling on Congress to address flawed provisions in national security laws that have blocked thousands of vulnerable refugees, freedom fighters, and victims of oppressive regimes from entering the United States.

Pro-life official welcomes briefing on cloning agenda’s risks to women

Mar 9, 2007 - 12:38 pm .- The Pro-Life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has applauded Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) and Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) for co-sponsoring a congressional briefing on the risks egg harvesting poses to women's health and safety. Their briefing is titled “Trading on the Female Body”.

Bishop Morlino to decide future of Madison cathedral by summertime

Mar 9, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison is expected to announce his decision regarding the future of St. Raphael Cathedral by the summertime.

Holy See: Equality between men and women should grow from mutual respect and recognition of differences

Mar 9, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The particular “feminine genius” of women must be recognized and appreciated, Archbishop Celestino Migliore told a United Nations General Assembly March 8.  The archbishop said that true equality between men and women can only occur if the differences between men and women are accepted and understood in their proper context, appreciating the tremendous dignity of both men and women.

Pope calls on media to promote the dignity of man, marriage, and the family

Mar 9, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received participants in the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, which is presided over by Archbishop John P. Foley. Addressing them in English, the Pope expressed his thanks "for your commitment to the apostolate of social communications, the importance of which cannot be underestimated in our increasingly technological world.   "The field of social communications is fast-changing," the Pope added. "While the print media struggles to maintain circulation, other forms of media such as radio, television and the internet are developing at an extraordinary rate. Against the backdrop of globalization, this ascendancy of the electronic media coincides with its increasing concentration in the hands of a few multinational conglomerates whose influence crosses all social and cultural boundaries."

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