Archive of May 29, 2007

Bishop responds to accusations of idol worship

May 29, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- Bishop Michael Saltarelli of Wilmington, Deleware celebrated the dedication Mass for a statue of Our Lady Queen of Peace, outside Holy Spirit Church. The statue has drawn the criticism of some in the local community who believe that Catholics worship Mary.

Controversial abortion film wins Cannes festival

May 29, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- The Cannes Film Festival has once again confirmed its radical reputation by choosing to give its top award this year to a controversial Romanian film on abortion.

Benedict XVI sends donation to poor of Ivory Coast

May 29, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent a donation to the Ivory Coast to help the poor with their basic necessities.The Pope’s donation and message of spiritual closeness to the African nation was conveyed by Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Councils for Justice and Peace and for Migrants and Itinerants, who is visiting the Ivory Coast on behalf of the Pontiff.

Episcopal Church faces 'significant pruning' over doctrine, bishops says

May 29, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- Answering his detractors claims of causing division, Episcopal Bishop Robert Duncan of Pittsburgh says his efforts to realign Episcopalian doctrines with those of traditional Christianity serve as a common ground and a bridge to ecumenical dialogue.

Bishop dedicates cruise ship to Our Lady

May 29, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- A large model of the Costa Serena was placed in front of the statue of 'the Guardian Lady', and the ship, and all who will sail in her, were dedicated to the care of Mary, Star of the Sea (Stella Maris).

UN food agency says they count on Catholics to do their work

May 29, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The head of the United Nations World Food Program thanked the Pope and the Vatican for the ongoing support her agency has received from the Catholic Church. “It is a great honor to express in person my gratitude to His Holiness for his invaluable support in favor of the world's hungry,” said WFP Executive Director Josette Sheeran. The Pope received Sheeran in a private audience on Monday.

Chilean bishops denounce contradictions in Amnesty International report

May 29, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Fernando Chomali of Santiago questioned the latest report from Amnesty International regarding human rights in Chile because it applauds the distribution of the morning-after pill to patients as young as fourteen.

Archbishop of Quebec gives preview of International Eucharistic Congress

May 29, 2007 - 10:55 am .- During the daily press briefing at the 5th General Conference of he Latin American Bishops’ Council, the archbishop of Quebec, Cardinal Marc Ouellet, revealed details about the next International Eucharist Congress, which will take place June 15-22, 2008, in Quebec.

Bishops calls for changes in methodology at CELAM conference

May 29, 2007 - 10:54 am .- Bishop Noberto Strotmann Hoppe of Chosica (Peru), in statements to CNA, gives the faithful a glimpse into some of the problems occurring within the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) and what has led the bishops to make procedural changes to ensure that the 5th General Conference in Aparecida would run smoother.

Culture of Death icon to be released from prison June 1st

May 29, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Dr. Jack Kevorkian, an infamous foe of the pro-life movement, is scheduled to be released from prison on June 1st raising questions about his plans once he is back in public. The 79 year-old was sent to prison in 1999 after he was convicted of killing a patient on national television. He was sentenced to serve 10 to 25 years for the second degree murder of Thomas Youk, a Michigan resident who suffered from Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Benedict XVI calls the Church to re-launch its missionary activity

May 29, 2007 - 09:41 am .- In anticipation of World Mission Sunday, the Holy Father released his message on missions today. Benedict’s call to the Church is to respond to, “the urgent need to re-launch missionary activity to meet the many grave challenges of our time."Pope Benedict also recalls, that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Servant of God Pius XII's Encyclical "Fidei donum," which "promoted and encouraged cooperation between Churches for the mission 'ad gentes,'” or to the nations.

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