Archive of May 21, 2007

John Paul II credited with the revival of vocations in England and Wales

May 21, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The Catholic Church of England and Wales has seen an increase in the number of men who have entered the seminary to study for the priesthood since the death of Pope John Paul II in 2005.

Church continues to witness among Muslim majority

May 21, 2007 - 11:58 am .- The small minority of Catholics in the predominantly Muslim African country of Mali remains committed to mission by “good example and concrete works,” says Bishop Jean-Gabriel Diarra of San, Mali. Still, he said, there is the need to announce that these good works are animated by the Gospel.

Pope pleads for an end to Gaza fighting

May 21, 2007 - 11:37 am .- On Sunday at the conclusion of the recitation of the Regina Coeli in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI commented on the current conflict in the Gaza Strip and called for an end to the tragic violence.“Once more, in the name of God,” the Pontiff said, “may this tragic violence come to an end.”

Media must transmit the truth, say bishops gathered for CELAM meeting

May 21, 2007 - 11:16 am .- In a message for World Communications Day, celebrated on May 20, the Communications Committee of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council sent greetings to those who work in the media and reminded them that they are called to “transmit the truth.”

CELAM secretary general says bishops see reality through the eyes of a pastor

May 21, 2007 - 11:14 am .- During a press conference on Saturday, the Secretary General of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Bishop Andres Stanovnik, said the bishops gathered for CELAM’s 5th General Conference see reality “as pastors” seeking out “whatever is good, whatever is of God, in reality.”

Archbishop Tomasi proposes new direction for World Health Organization

May 21, 2007 - 11:10 am .- This week marks the gathering of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the purpose of appointing a new Director General following the unexpected death of Dr. J.W. Lee. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s delegate to WHO, delivered a vision of women’s health, gender identity, and aid to Africa, that if followed, would mean a significant change of course for the new Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan.

Bishops of Galicia remind voters to be discerning

May 21, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The bishops of the region of Galicia in Spain reminded the faithful this week and “all people of good will” that the exercise of the right to vote “demands clear and reasoned discernment about policies and the different political choices.”

Chavez demands Pope apologize to native Americans for “denying aboriginal holocaust”

May 21, 2007 - 10:29 am .- The president of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, is demanding that Pope Benedict XVI apologize to the indigenous peoples of Latin America for having “denied” the “aboriginal holocaust” during his discourse inaugurating the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference.

Supreme Knight tells Catholics to accept Hispanic brothers and sisters

May 21, 2007 - 10:25 am .- Anderson called the Americas “the Catholic hemisphere” because of their high Catholic population and rich Catholic heritage. "It is here that the Church faces a bright future," he said.  "Hispanics in the Church are not an abstraction, they are our fellow parishioners," he said “Our Lady of Guadalupe points us to her son, but she also points us to unity in her son and for Catholics this unity must transcend borders.”

Pro-abortion politicians honored at Catholic university

May 21, 2007 - 10:23 am .- Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, delivered the commencement address at the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco on Saturday. The pro-abortion supporter spoke during the ceremony at the university’s McLaren College of Business. At the same ceremony, the college honored former California lieutenant governor Leo T. McCarthy, also a pro-abortion supporter, posthumously.

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