Archive of April 30, 2007

Political party in Mexico launches legal initiative to stop spread of abortion to other Mexican states

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:44 am .- Lawmakers of the National Action Party (known as PAN in Mexico) in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City have launched a legal offensive to stop the legalization of abortion in other states, after it was approved up to the twelfth week in the Mexican capital.

New US bishop to lead conservative congregations, separate from Episcopal Church

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The Episcopal Church continues to experience further division as the Anglican archbishop of Nigeria is expected to arrive this week to install a bishop to lead conservative congregations in the United States.

Cardinal Caffarra: equating marriage with homosexual unions is distortion of legal order

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna said last week equating marriage with homosexual unions means introducing into the legal order “an element that objectively distorts it,” because such a situation “constructs a legal social edifice on the foundation that each person desires.”

Spanish bishops: beatification of 498 martyrs of Civil War a call to reconciliation

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain has published a message upon concluding its Plenary Assembly to mark the beatification next fall in Rome of 498 martyrs from the 1936 Civil War saying, “The martyrs, who died forgiving, are the greatest encouragement for all of us to foster the spirit of reconciliation.”

Pope calls on faithful, particularly families, to pray for, nurture priestly vocations

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Shortly after ordaining 22 men from the diocese of Rome to the priesthood, Pope Benedict XVI charged the throngs of faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the weekly Regina Coeli prayer to pray for a greater nurturing of priestly vocations within the Church.

Pope Benedict calls eastern rite Catholic Churches a beacon of unity ‘in a fragmented world’

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:32 am .- As an historic Synod of the Syrian Catholic Church concluded Sunday in the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI charged the gathered bishops to be a witness in the Middle East to the rich history and fraternal communion of the Catholic Church and her particular rites, as well as to “announce the Gospel decisively.”

Conn. bishops issue ‘action alert’ re bill that threatens religious freedom

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:28 am .- The Connecticut Catholic Conference has warned that a new bill passed in the Senate threatens religious freedom in the state.

Mexican bishops remind doctors of right to conscientious objection re abortions

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:27 am .- The bishops of Mexico called on doctors in Mexico City not to perform abortions and reminded them of their human right to conscientious objection.

St. Louis media actively seeks public opinion about archbishop’s decision re Crow

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:23 am .- The St. Louis media seems to be running a campaign against the Catholic Church, following Archbishop Raymond Burke’s protest of abortion-activist Sheryl Crow’s performance at a Catholic hospital fundraiser. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch and KMOV (CBS affiliate), in particular, have invited the public to voice its opinion over the archbishop’s decision.

Pope Benedict ordains 22 new priests, calls them to ‘be ready to give their lives’ for Christ

Apr 30, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Pope Benedict XVI marked Sunday’s 44th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations by conferring priestly ordination on 22 men from the Diocese of Rome. He told the new priests that their newly received sacrament makes them “participants in Christ’s own mission.” In his homily, the Pope used the well-known Gospel story of the Good Shepherd, to emphasize the missions of the priests. Their group included graduates from the Major Roman Seminary, the "Redemptoris Mater" College, the Seminary of Divine Love, the "Almo Collegio Capranica," and the Seminary of the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, respectively,  "Christ," the Holy Father said, "knows His sheep and His sheep know Him, just as the Father knows Him and He knows the Father.”

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