Archive of August 1, 2007

Head of Romanian Orthodox Church dies, Pope sends telegram

Aug 1, 2007 - 11:21 am .- The head of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Teoctist, died of a heart attack on Monday at the age of 92. As head of the Romanian Church, Teoctist helped to improve relations between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

California bishops back two of three proposed marriage-protection initiatives

Aug 1, 2007 - 11:18 am .- The California Catholic Conference, which represents all the bishops in the state, has decided not to support a marriage-protection initiative that would also void domestic partnership rights. However, it will co-sponsor two less stringent proposals.

Church mediates agreement ending strike by copper workers in Chile

Aug 1, 2007 - 11:15 am .- During talks mediated by the Catholic Church in Chile,  officials of the state-run Corporation of Copper and union leaders of the Confederation of Copper Workers established an agreement to put an end to the strike that has paralyzed the industry for more than a month.

13 million hits in first three days of new Vatican City State website

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The General  Secretary of the Governorate of the Vatican City State, Bishop Renato Boccardo, said that since its launch, the Vatican City’s new website www.vaticanstate.va “received 13 million hits during the first three days.”

Mexican city to organize Festival for Life in September

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:49 am .- On Saturday, September 8, the city of Santiago de Queretaro will hold the Festival for Life at the Corregidora Stadium, in an effort to set a precedent for the promotion of the culture of life, encouraging the faithful to foster it in politics and education as well as in the works of the apostolate and prayer.

Austrians can receive text messages from Pope

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Organizers of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Austria next month are offering the faithful daily cell phone text messages with quotes from the pontiff.

Philippine bishops form committee to fight child porn

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The Catholic bishops of the Philippines formed an ad-hoc committee on Tuesday to lead effective campaigns in the Church and the media to help stamp out child pornography.

Elderly Italian man runs across ten countries to pray at tomb of evangelizer of China

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:29 am .- A 60 year-old Italian man ran an extensive marathon covering ten countries in order to pray before the tomb of Father Mateo Ricci, the Jesuit priest who began the evangelization of China.

Brownback says rival should apologize for Catholic slur

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:19 am .- Republican presidential candidate Sam Brownback said rival Mike Huckabee should apologize for a supporter's "prejudiced whisper campaign" against him for being Catholic.

Bishop of Orlando responds to concerns over Vatican statements on "one true Church"

Aug 1, 2007 - 10:12 am .- Is the pope Catholic? Well, yeah. But considering the reaction that the recent reaffirmation of the Catholic Church's self-understanding (issued under the pope's signature by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) received, you might think that many were surprised to learn that the pope is, well, still Catholic.Of course, many non-Catholics, expressed hurt, incomprehension, even anger. However, the statement, "Responses to Some Questions Regarding Certain Aspects of the Doctrine of the Church," in reality said nothing new.  

Pope Benedict rejoices with Iraqis over soccer victory

Aug 1, 2007 - 09:15 am .- “Just as so many times I have cried with the Iraqi people, on this occasion I rejoiced with them,”, said a visibly moved Pope Benedict XVI at the end of his General Audience today.

Benedict XVI calls Christians to look to God to create a “just and fraternal world”

Aug 1, 2007 - 09:08 am .- The Holy Father resumed his weekly catechesis today picking up where he left off in early July when he began vacation. The Pope held up St. Basil, a bishop and fourth-century Doctor of the Church as an example of a man who was open to God and thus able to discern what is true and good.He was a great figure who “frequently exhorted the people of his day to give to the poor,” the Pope said.  “Indeed, if we are to love our neighbor as ourselves, we ought not to own any more than our neighbor owns. We must not offend Christ with inhumanity towards others.”

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