Archive of April 23, 2007

Fight against poverty, especially in Africa, must remain a priority, Pope reminds international community

Apr 23, 2007 - 05:03 pm .- Made public today at the Vatican were letters exchanged by Pope Benedict XVI and German Chancellor Angela Merkel a few months ago.  In his letter to the German Chancellor, the Holy Father urges Merkel to keep poverty and aid for Africa, “high on the international political agenda,” during the German presidency of the EU and in the run-up to the next G8 summit. The Pope noted that Merkel had announced her intention to keep the question of global poverty and assistance to Africa would remain on the agendas of upcoming G8 and EU summits.

Jesus Christ: the revelation of God Love to all humanity, Pope says at Augustine’s tomb

Apr 23, 2007 - 04:43 pm .- After his visit to the University of Pavia on Sunday, Benedict XVI traveled to the basilica of San Pietro in Ciel d'Oro to celebrate Vespers. Before entering the basilica, the Holy Father paused on the patio of the convent of St. Augustine where he blessed the cornerstone of a new Augustinian cultural center, which the Order intends to dedicate to him.

Catholic editor calls San Diego daily newspaper to task on sex-abuse case coverage

Apr 23, 2007 - 11:32 am .- San Diego’s major daily newspaper has provided sloppy and imbalanced reporting of the sex-abuse cases involving the Diocese of San Diego, alleges the editor of the diocesan newspaper.

Pope sends letter to Mexican bishops calling for resistance to legalization of abortion

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:53 am .- In a letter to the Mexican bishops made public last Friday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his concern over efforts to legalize abortion in Mexico City, calling on the nation to “firmly protect and defend the right to life of every human being from the moment of conception.”

Health ministers promote protocol that encourages abortion throughout Africa

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:51 am .- According to a report on the website, African Health Ministers have adopted a new proposal that will increase legal abortion throughout the continent, under the policies of the controversial Maputo Protocol on the rights of women.

Catholics and Protestants unite in opposition to abortion and homosexual unions in Paraguay

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Catholics and Protestants came together outside the Cathedral in the Paraguayan capital of Asuncion to express their rejection of a new healthcare law that would promote abortion and same-sex unions.

Peruvian archbishop says defense of family will be priority at upcoming CELAM meeting

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:47 am .- The President of the Committee on the Family and the Defense of Life of the Peruvian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren, said this week that he hopes the family will be a “priority in our apostolic work of evangelization” at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM).

Liberation theologians announce counter event to CELAM meeting

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:32 am .- Some of the world’s most controversial promoters of liberation theology have announced their participation in a “Latin American Theology Seminar” that will serve as a counter event to the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) in Brazil in May.

Bishop Aquila says partial birth abortion ban brings U.S. one step closer to protecting all human life

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:25 am .- In a message emailed to priests this weekend, the Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, Bishop of the Diocese of Fargo, said partial birth abortion is “inhumane by any standards” and that the Supreme Court’s April 18 decision to uphold the ban on partial birth abortion “brings the United States one step closer to protecting all human life through its legal system.”

Korean Catholic Bishops express sorrow over Virginia Tech tragedy

Apr 23, 2007 - 10:03 am .- The Catholic Bishops of Korea have written a letter to Bishop William S. Skylstad, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, expressing the profound shock and sorrow of all Catholic people in Korea over the tragic events at Virginia Tech University.

Holy Father visits Italian hospital, says growth in science must be matched by growth in respect for life

Apr 23, 2007 - 07:57 am .- On Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to Saint Matthew’s Hospital in Pavia. After meeting with workers and patients, the Holy Father gave a short speech in which he acknowledged the tremendous gift of scientific progress, but called for a corresponding growth in the respect for fundamental human values, such as a respect for life.

Benedict examines St. Augustine's path of conversion

Apr 23, 2007 - 07:24 am .- Enjoying the second day of his pastoral visit Lombardi Dioceses of Vigevano and Pavia, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Holy Mass at the Borromeo College of Pavia.  The Holy Father focused his homily on the conversion of Saint Augustine, whose bodily remains the Holy Father visited at an Augustinian Monastery in the area.  The conversion of St. Augustine, Benedict said, was not an event, but a path.The Holy Father began his homily by examining the work done by the Apostles in the work of preaching conversion in this Sunday’s Gospel.  “During Easter time,” His Holiness began, “the Church presents us, Sunday by Sunday, some parts of the preaching with which the Apostles, particularly Peter, invited Israel to faith in Jesus Christ.” Before the Sanhedrin today, Peter “responded with a brief catechesis on the essence of the Christian faith.”

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