Archive of March 16, 2007

Cardinal Obando Bravo to preside over Peace and Reconciliation Commission in Nicaragua

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:50 am .- Cardinal Miguel Obando Bravo, Archbishop Emeritus of Managua, has accepted a request made in January by Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega to preside over the Peace and Reconciliation Commission, which is charged with ensuring the implementation of signed agreements with Nicaraguans who were affected by the civil war of the 1980’s.

Baby boy who survived abortion "was not just a cluster of cells," pro-life leader says

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:45 am .- The president of the Italian Pro-Life Movement, Carlo Casini, said this week the Italian baby who survived an abortion and died a few days later “was not just a cluster of cells but rather a healthy boy, a child who could have come into this world had the pregnancy lasted a little bit longer.”

Strong condemnation of new euthanasia case in Spain

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:32 am .- Diverse civil organizations and leaders are deploring the death of Inmaculada Echevarria, a Spanish woman who suffered from progressive muscular dystrophy and whose respirator was removed by doctors, calling it a case of euthanasia that has no legal or moral basis.

Woman at center of euthanasia debate in Spain dies after respirator disconnected

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Inmaculada Echevarria, the woman suffering from progressive muscular dystrophy and who had spent the last 20 years confined to bed, had her respirator removed and died on Wednesday at the San Juan de Dios Hospital, a public health care facility where she had been transferred hours earlier.

Ex-priest says silencing of Father Sobrino will reanimate liberation theology in Latin America

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:26 am .- A former Franciscan priest, Leonardo Boff of Brazil, who left the priesthood and the Franciscan order several years ago after his writings were condemned by the Holy See, said the decision by the Vatican to silence Father Jon Sobrino would mark a resurgence of Marxist theology in Latin America.

Confession provides a spiritual spring which provides energy for defeating evil, Pope says

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:10 am .- Receiving participants in an annual course on the internal forum and confidentiality within Sacramental Confession, promoted by the Apostolic Penitentiary, at midday today, Pope Benedict XVI reemphasized the tremendous importance of the Sacrament of Penance.   According to a press release from the Vatican, Benedict XVI considered the importance of the Sacrament of Penance and the need for priests to prepare themselves to administer it with devotion and faithfulness to God, for the sanctification of Christian people.

Pope Benedict praises fruitful collaboration between Church and state in Peru

Mar 16, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the Letters of Credence of Alfonso Rivero Monsalve, the new ambassador of Peru to the Holy See.  The Holy Father asked the diplomat to pass on his "respectful greetings to Alan Garcia Perez," Peruvian president, and "to the beloved people of Peru,” and recalled the strong history of collaboration between the Church and state in Peru.

Include God, Judeo-Christian tradition in European constitution: German bishops

Mar 16, 2007 - 10:45 am .- A European Constitution must include a reference to God, “to the Judaic-Christian tradition of Europe and to its long-lasting effectiveness,” said the German bishops in a declaration published this week. The declaration marks the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome.

Great cathedrals are 'catechism in stone', says architect

Mar 16, 2007 - 10:41 am .- Cathedrals should be a "catechism in stone that represents the whole diocese," said architect Duncan Stroik at a recent lecture on church architecture.

Cardinal O’Malley calls for more humane immigration policy

Mar 16, 2007 - 10:33 am .- The immigration raid in New Bedford last week is evidence of the urgent need for comprehensive immigration reform in the United States, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley in a comment published yesterday in the Boston Globe.

French High Court rejects same-sex marriage

Mar 16, 2007 - 08:18 am .- France's highest court upheld the definition of marriage to be the union between a man and a woman, this week, and rejected as unlawful the first marriage of a homosexual couple in France.

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