Archive of May 23, 2007

U.S. Bishops respond to the 18 Democrats who tried to correct the Pope

May 23, 2007 - 03:58 pm .- The 18 Democrats who recently criticized Pope Benedict XVI when he answered questions about Mexico City’s legalization of abortion, both misrepresented the Pope’s remarks and defied freedom of speech and freedom of religion. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement in response to the allegations of the 18 Democrats who attempted to correct the Pope.

French bishops hopeful for papal visit in 2008

May 23, 2007 - 01:10 pm .- Sources with the Bishops’ Conference of France announced this Tuesday that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation in principle to visit France in 2008.

Life Foundation in Spain denounces Amnesty International embracing abortion

May 23, 2007 - 01:09 pm .- The director of the Life Foundation in Spain, Manuel Cruz, has denounced Amnesty International saying that in allowing abortion in certain cases, the organization “has made a serious break with the Right to Life, the first of all human rights, and therefore jeopardizes its excellent history as a defender of human rights.”

Benedict XVI to meet with Russian Orthodox Patriarch in September?

May 23, 2007 - 01:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI could hold an historic meeting wit the Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexis II, next September in Strasburg (France), according to a report by the Russian media reports.

Dissident theologian criticizes liberation theology and the Pope

May 23, 2007 - 01:06 pm .- In a rare interview granted to the Argentinean daily “La Nacion,” dissident theologian Father Sergio Torres of Chile, current president of the dissident group “Amerindia,” acknowledged the serious errors of liberation theology but went on to criticize Pope Benedict XVI.

Catholic newspaper in Italy slams network’s plan to run anti-Catholic documentary

May 23, 2007 - 01:04 pm .- In a strongly worded editorial signed by Andrea Galli, the Italian Catholic daily “Avvenire” slammed the country’s state-run television network for considering the broadcast of a controversial documentary against the Pope and the Catholic Church produced by the BBC.

Archbishop of Canterbury withholds invitations from homosexual and conservative bishops

May 23, 2007 - 12:58 pm .- The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams has not invited two American Episcopalian bishops — Gene Robinson and Martyn Minns — to a major conference next year, reported Reuters.

Another Black Friday for Coptic Christians in Egypt

May 23, 2007 - 12:54 pm .- A coalition of Coptic Christians is calling on governments of the world to intervene on behalf of the Coptic Christians of Egypt and demand that Egypt stop religious persecution and guarantee religious freedom and justice for all citizens.

Improved China-Vatican relations requires Pope-appointed bishops

May 23, 2007 - 12:51 pm .- The Vatican and China can only establish diplomatic ties if China allows the Pope to appoint bishops to the country, said Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, former foreign minister of the Holy See, in an interview with The Daily Yomiuri.  

Chinese villagers riot over one-child policy

May 23, 2007 - 12:47 pm .- Thousands of villagers in southwest China rioted last weekend against the state’s one-child policy, attacking family planning officials, overturning cars and setting fire to government buildings.

True information and moral values will bring success in fighting AIDS, Vatican says

May 23, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations in New York, said yesterday during the 61st session of the UN General Assembly focused on the "Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS," that only by providing accurate information an respecting moral values, will AIDS be effectively controlled. Reflecting on the fact that there are 39.5 million people presently living with HIV, with 2.9 million dying annually and 4 million new infections per year, Archbishop Migliore said that "the numbers speak for themselves, but they do not capture the whole story."

Pope insists: Gospel did not destroy native cultures in America

May 23, 2007 - 12:42 pm .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Benedict reflected on his recent apostolic trip to Brazil and insisted that, despite the shadows in the process of announcing the Gospel in the new world, the Evangelization did not destroy but instead ennobled the native cultures. Speaking before more than 25,000 people on a sunny day, the Pontiff said that his journey to Latin America, where he inaugurated the 5th General Conference of Latin American Bishops, "was primarily an act of praise to God for the 'wonders' worked among the people of Latin America, and for the faith that has animated their lives and culture over more than 500 years."

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