Archive of March 14, 2007

Vatican puts stop to work of Jesuit Liberation theologian

Mar 14, 2007 - 05:45 pm .- Wednesday morning, a day earlier than expected, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a Notification concerning certain works of Fr. Jon Sobrino S.J. According to the note, these works "contain propositions which are either erroneous or dangerous and may cause harm to the faithful."   “Fr. Sobrino manifests a preoccupation for the poor and oppressed, particularly in Latin America. This preoccupation certainly is shared by the whole Church,” the note clarifies."

Meeting between Russian President and Pope “positive”

Mar 14, 2007 - 05:30 pm .- The Vatican released a short statement on Wednesday, following Tuesday afternoon’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pope Benedict XVI.  The Vatican communiqué said that the discussions between the two heads of state “provided an opportunity to emphasize the cordial relations that exist between the Holy See and the Russian Federation.”

St. Ignatius of Antioch teaches us to long for union with Christ, Pope says

Mar 14, 2007 - 10:19 am .- Continuing his cycle of catecheses on the Apostolic Fathers, Benedict XVI dedicated the general audience today to the figure of St. Ignatius of Antioch. The audience, held in St. Peter's Square, was attended by around 25,000 people.

St. Peter’s is a “spiritual organism” at the heart of the Catholic Church, Pope says

Mar 14, 2007 - 10:07 am .- Following today's general audience, Benedict XVI went to the headquarters of the Fabric of St. Peter's to greet the people who work there.  The Holy Father told those who serve the Vatican’s Major Basilica that St. Peter’s is not a museum or work of architecture, but a “living place,” a “spiritual organism.” In his remarks to the staff of this pontifical institution he recalled how they undertake their duties "in a place, the venerable basilica of the Apostle, that is the heart of the Catholic Church. A beating heart, thanks to the Holy Spirit which keeps it alive, but also thanks to the activity of those who daily ensure its upkeep.”

Europe must be re-evangelized and rediscover its roots, professor says

Mar 14, 2007 - 08:21 am .- Europe must rediscover its Christian identity and defend against legislation and policies that threaten the family, said a main organizer of the recent European Conference on the Family.

Specialists in Spain denounce lack of care for women with unexpected pregnancies

Mar 14, 2007 - 07:41 am .- During the conclusion of the international conference “Women and the Reality of Abortion,” on March 10th in the Spanish city of Caceres, dozens of specialists from Spain and other countries issued an urgent call for greater care for women who are at risk for having an abortion, especially women with unexpected pregnancies.

Discovery Channel sends legal notice to Catholic group for alleged false claim

Mar 14, 2007 - 07:26 am .- The Discovery Channel has threatened to take legal action against the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) for claiming that the channel had decided not to broadcast the controversial documentary “The Lost Tomb of Jesus.” The channel sent the CSF legal notice on March 6, reported the Indo-Asia News Service.

Archbishop voices opposition to cloning in Australia

Mar 14, 2007 - 07:20 am .- Archbishop Denis Hart of Melbourne intends to make a personal plea to Premier Steve Bracks to abandon his plan to pass a bill that would allow therapeutic cloning of human embryos. The archbishop said he would seek talks with the premier once details of the bill were known, reported The Age.

Venezuelan Cardinal warns against Marxist-Leninist Socialism of Chavez

Mar 14, 2007 - 07:03 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa, said this week Venezuela would not benefit from the installation of a brand of Marxist-Leninist socialism.  Such as system under President Hugo Chavez would not lead to prosperity, but to a “great oppression of the people,” Cardinal Urosa said.

Ghanan Priest killed by unknown assailants in Nairobi

Mar 14, 2007 - 06:50 am .- Father Martin Addai, a member of the Missionaries of Africa and a citizen of Ghana, was killed by unknown assailants last Saturday in Nairobi, Kenya.

Shalom Community receives pontifical recognition

Mar 14, 2007 - 06:48 am .- During a ceremony on Tuesday at the offices of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Shalom Community, which was founded in Brazil 25 years ago, was granted pontifical recognition as an International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right.

Haiti to host 3rd Caritas Encounter for Latin America and the Caribbean

Mar 14, 2007 - 06:46 am .- From March 19-23 Haiti will host the 3rd Continental Meeting of Caritas Social Ministry and the 16th Latin American and Caribbean Congress, which will address issues such as development and democracy, reconciliation and peace, and migration.

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