Archive of March 30, 2007

Pope encourages Ukrainians to carry their faith to other nations

Mar 30, 2007 - 04:18 pm .- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of Tetiana Izhevska, the new ambassador of the Ukraine to the Holy See. He opened his French-language speech to the diplomat by thanking her for the invitation of Victor Iouchtchenko, President of Ukraine, to visit his country.

Sister Marie Simon-Pierre speaks of miraculous cure at press conference

Mar 30, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- “All I can tell you is that I was sick and now I am cured.  It is for the church to say and to recognize whether it is a miracle,” so said the 46 year-old Religious Sister who many think may have been miraculously cured through the intercession of the late Pope John Paul II.  The French nun, the identity of whom was unknown to the world until this week, spoke to the press in today. According to the Associated Press, Sister Marie Simon-Pierre stopped short of declaring her recovery a miracle, saying that was for the church to decide. But she said her life "totally changed" after her symptoms vanished in one night of prayer and mystery in 2005.

London Cardinal responds to U.K.’s new “intolerant” gay-rights laws

Mar 30, 2007 - 11:01 am .- In his first major response to the passage of a new “anti-discrimination” law in the United Kingdom, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor said he feared the Labour Party has turned to "legislating for intolerance" in a speech on Wednesday.

Murder of Iraqi sisters stokes fear of Christians, archbishop says

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:28 am .- Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk, in northern Iraq, has described how the murder of two elderly Catholic sisters has shocked an entire community and heightened fears about the spread of anti-Christian violence in the country. Speaking to the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), he said that a Dominican nun telephoned him late in the evening on Monday the 26th to report the death of Fadila Naoum, 85, and her 79-year-old sister Margaret.

Three thousand march against abortion in Mexican city of Jalisco

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:12 am .- More than three thousand people marched peacefully through the streets of the Mexican city of Jalisco this week in order to express their opposition to the legalization of abortion and their commitment to the fundamental right to life that should be respected from the moment of conception.

74 year-old Brazilian to be ordained to the priesthood in August

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:11 am .- On August 19, Valdomiro Marcon will become one of the oldest men in Brazil to be ordained to the priesthood.  At 74 years of age, he says that what he desires most is to celebrate Mass in order “to die in peace.”

Chinese parish begins 13 hours of daily Eucharist adoration

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:07 am .- The parish of St. Peter and Paul in Yuan Lang, in the Diocese of Hong Kong, has begun Eucharistic adoration for 13 hours daily in response to the recent apostolic exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis by Pope Benedict XVI.

Proposed law would lead to 150,000 more abortions per year in Mexican Capital, pro-lifers warn

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:05 am .- The National Pro-Life Committee in Mexico has warned that if a proposed law legalizing abortion in Mexico City is passed, the number of abortions in the Mexican capital would increase from 30,000 to 150,000 per year.

Archbishop warns radical secularism could turn Spain into atheistic society

Mar 30, 2007 - 10:03 am .- In his latest pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia Gasco of Valencia warns that “the radical secularism that we find the Spain of today constitutes a utilization of the power of the State to establish a society as if all citizens were atheists, with no regard for religious freedom and its repercussions in public life.”

Pro-life official urges senators to back cloning ban

Mar 30, 2007 - 09:36 am .- The U.S. bishops’ Pro-Life Secretariat is urging senators to support a bill that will prohibit human cloning. The Human Cloning Prohibition Act was reintroduced by Senators Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Mary Landrieu (D-LA) yesterday.

Federal law enforcement officials order Christian group to stop praying on sidewalk

Mar 30, 2007 - 09:35 am .- The Christian Defense Coalition is claiming that their First Amendment rights have been violated after their public celebration of the Stations of the Cross was brought to an end when they were ordered by federal officers to leave a public sidewalk in front of the Library of Congress while they were kneeling in prayer.

Catholic League outraged over six-foot chocolate Jesus

Mar 30, 2007 - 09:29 am .- The Catholic League is calling for a boycott of the Roger Smith Hotel in New York City, after its Lab Gallery decided to display a 6-foot tall nude and anatomically correct sculpture of the crucified Christ in milk chocolate. World-renowned artist Cosimo Cavallaro titles his work “My Sweet Lord.”

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