Archive of April 18, 2007

Colorado Catholic Conference asks governor to veto same-sex adoption bill

Apr 18, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- The Colorado Catholic Conference, which is supported by the Archdiocese of Denver and Dioceses of Colorado Springs and Pueblo, has written a letter to Colorado Governor Bill Ritter, urging him not to sign a new bill that would make possible homosexual adoption, against the will of the people.

CELAM president hopeful V Conference will awaken missionary spirit in Catholics

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:51 am .- In an interview with the Catholic News Agency, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz of Santiago, president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), underscored that one of the objectives of the 5th General Conference of CELAM is to awaken in Catholics the missionary spirit that is “dormant” in many believers.

Catholic lawyers criticize Mexican lawmakers for “hatred” of the Church

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:48 am .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers of Mexico, Armando Martinez Gomez, criticized Mexican lawmakers this week for their “hatred for the Church” and for insulting Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City over his defense of human life.

Soccer and humor among conversation topics enjoyed by Benedict XVI

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:47 am .- The Holy Father’s agenda is always full of activities dealing with serious and even grave issues. Nevertheless, when he meets with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Pope enjoys spending a few minutes discussing soccer and good humor.

Iraqi fundamentalists threaten to kill Christians who refuse to convert to Islam

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:45 am .- Officials from the district of Dhora in Baghdad have reported that an Islamic fundamentalist group has threatened to kill Christians who do not convert to Islam.

Vatican to hold conference regarding response of airport chaplains to terrorism

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:38 am .- "Dialogue in airport chaplaincies as a response to terrorism" is the theme of the 13th world seminar of Catholic chaplains and members of civil aviation chaplaincies, due to be held in Rome from April 23 to 26.

Pope Benedict offers special prayers for Angola

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:35 am .- In greetings at the end of today's general audience, the Pope made particular mention of Angola, remarking how 400 years ago, during the pontificate of Paul V, the first black ambassador from a Christian kingdom in Africa came to Rome. That ambassador, the representative of the Kingdom of the Congo (modern-day Angola), was Dom Antonio Emanuel Ne Vunda, cousin of King Alvaro II.

Bishops, faithful continue to offer prayers following Virginia Tech massacre

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Catholic faithful and leadership across the United States and around the world continue to respond to the tragic events which occurred Monday at Virginia Tech University. 

Republicans must ‘get beyond’ abortion for a 2008 win, says Giuliani

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:24 am .- Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani told about 1,000 GOP activists in Des Moines on Saturday that Republicans must get past social issues, like abortion, if they are to win the next federal election.

Planned Parenthood ‘hijacks’ religious imagery in safe-sex ad

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue has launched a campaign against Planned Parenthood Golden Gate and its recent “Safe is Sexy” television ad that features a young couple being interrupted from having “unprotected” sex by their guardian angels.

Catholic Charities of Chicago forced to drop foster care

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:22 am .- The child welfare system in Chicago was shocked this week with the news that the foster care program, run by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago will shut down June 30th after a $12-million lawsuit payout led the agency's insurer to drop its coverage.

British journalist says surge of UK doctors refusing to perform abortions is no crisis

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:21 am .- The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists says the number of doctors refusing to carry out abortions on the grounds of conscience is rising.

U.S. Supreme Court upholds partial-birth abortion ban

Apr 18, 2007 - 11:18 am .- In a stunning victory for life, the Supreme Court of the United States today upheld a 2003 law passed by Congress and signed by President George W. Bush, which bans the procedure known as partial-birth abortion. In a 5-4 decision the justices ruled that the 2003 law does not violate a woman’s right to procure an abortion and, as such, is in line with the court’s precedent set by 1973 decision in Row v. Wade.

Pope recalls the need for a harmony between faith and reason in the Christian life

Apr 18, 2007 - 09:43 am .- Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square today to attend Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly General Audience and catechesis.  The Holy Father discussed the great Father of the Church, St. Clement of Alexandria, who emphasized the need for a harmony between faith and reason to achieve an intimate union with God.

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