Archive of June 11, 2007

Excessive TV viewing hazardous to moral health, study reveals

Jun 11, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- Heavy television watching parallels a decline in moral values and a sense of personal responsibility, a new study by the Culture and Media Institute of the Media Research Center has found.

Spain to enter demographic ice age by 2050

Jun 11, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy warned this week that Spain is immersed in a “demographic winter” that is without precedent. Future projections show that the populace will age at an increasing pace without adequate replacement levels and make Spain the country with the lowest ratio of retired to active workers in all of Europe.

Argentinean professionals and volunteers band together to help street kids

Jun 11, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- A group of professionals and volunteers in Argentina have banded together to develop a special project to help rescue kids who live on the street and are subject to exploitation.

Cuban dissident calls on international groups to support peaceful change

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:54 am .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, said this week international solidarity with Cuba should be directed toward supporting peaceful changes on the island.

Archdiocese of Toledo clarifies priest’s letter on restrictions for receiving First Communion

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The Archdiocese of Toledo issued a clarification last week regarding a letter sent by a local pastor to his parishioners, in which he seemed to suggest that parents who do not conscientiously object to the government-sponsored “Education for Citizenship” course could not present their children to receive First Communion. 

Knights set new records for charitable giving, volunteer service

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The Knights of Columbus has set a new record for charitable giving and volunteer service in 2006.

President Bush gives Pope walking stick made by former homeless man

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:28 am .- Pope Benedict XVI welcomed President George Bush June 9 for his first visit with the new pontiff at the Vatican. As is customary, the Pope was presented with a gift. Bush chose to give the Pope a hand-carved walking stick from Dallas resident Roosevelt Wilkerson, a ninth-grade dropout who was homeless until a few years ago.

Archbishop calls for lawmakers to deal with ‘pressing humanitarian issue’ in US

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:25 am .- Calling the U.S. immigration situation a “pressing humanitarian issue”, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver said lawmakers must work to offer a realistic solution to assist the 12 million undocumented workers already residing in the country.

Second death threat sent to head of Italian bishops

Jun 11, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of Italy’s episcopal conference, received a second envelope on Saturday containing three bullets and a death threat. The first envelope arrived at the archbishop’s office April 27.

Outspoken political scientist denied tenure at DePaul University

Jun 11, 2007 - 10:57 am .- Dr. Norman Finkelstein, a professor at DePaul University, a Catholic school in Chicago, has been denied tenure even though he meets all of the professional standards for the position. Finkelstein has raised a considerable amount of controversy with his claims that Jews have used the Holocaust for financial gain and the oppression of the Palestinians. 

Benedict meets with astronomers calls them to form their faith and reason

Jun 11, 2007 - 10:05 am .- This morning Pope Benedict received the faculty and students of the Eleventh Vatican Observatory Summer School in an audience. He exhorted the amateur astronomers to form their faith and their reason so that they can rise to the contemplation of the truth.   The Vatican Observatory was founded in 1891 at the papal summer residence—Castel Gandolfo—and is one of the oldest astronomical institutions in the world.

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