Archive of August 8, 2007

Vatican Secretary of State speaks with Condoleezza Rice about Christians in Middle East, Iraq

Aug 8, 2007 - 05:30 pm .- In a press conference this afternoon, Cardinal Bertone spoke about his recent conversation with the US Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. According to the Cardinal, they talked mainly about the plight of Christians in the Middle East—in Iraq and in Lebanon. He thanked the Secretary of State for her untiring efforts to bring peace to the region and told her that the angels accompanied her flights and efforts. 

Catholic board accepts school teacher's resignation

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The right of a Catholic school to demand consistency between the teachings of the Church and the behaviors of its staff has been defended by Church hierarchy and upheld by the law in the case of a teacher who resigned.

Archdiocese of Sydney may open preschools

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The Archdiocese of Sydney is considering opening its own preschools in order to tend to the spiritual development of preschoolers and to help bolster the Catholic school population.

Thousands of Argentineans make pilgrimage to Shrine of St. Cajetan

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Thousands of pilgrims gathered at the Shrine of St. Cajetan in the Buenos Aires suburb of Liniers to pray to the patron of Divine Providence for their needs and to thank him for blessings received during the year.

Church in Central America to discuss issue of child labor

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The bishops of Central America will gather in Panama August 8 and 9 with the ministers of education from the region and those from the Dominican Republic to study ways to eliminate child labor.

Cardinal Bertone receives Gaudium et Spes award from Knights

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Yesterday evening, Cardinal Bertone was the recipient of the Gaudium et Spes award from the Knights of Columbus. The award is given only infrequently and with it the prelate joins the ranks of the likes of Mother Teresa, Cardinal John O’Connor, and Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche.In receiving the award, Bertone spoke about his position as Secretary of State and how it requires that he apply the Second Vatican Council document to his work.

Pope encourages Knights to echo the “yes” of their founder

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:04 am .- The Knights of Columbus received a greeting from Pope Benedict at their annual report on the state of the order yesterday afternoon. The Holy Father told them to continue the "yes" of that their founder gave when he founded their order.

Socialist ideologue threatens Church: Be quiet or we’ll silence you

Aug 8, 2007 - 11:01 am .- In a ferocious column published by the Spanish Socialist daily, “El Pais,” Professor Gregorio Peces-Barba, considered  the inspiration behind the current Socialist anti-clericalism in Spain and author of the course ”Education for Citizenship,” has threatened the Catholic Church, warning it to either be silent or “suffer the consequences.”

President of Chilean bishops: Church in region needs to examine conscience

Aug 8, 2007 - 10:55 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, said during a press conference this week that the Catholic Church in Latin America needs to sincerely examine its conscience in order to determine why Catholics are not on the forefront of social justice reform.

“The Catholic Church is not political,” said Venezuelan archbishop

Aug 8, 2007 - 10:38 am .- Archbishop Reinaldo Del Prette of Valencia (Venezuela) responded to the attacks by Hugo Chavez against the Church saying, “The Catholic Church is not political. To think thus is so warped and petty.  The Church has been fulfilling her mission for twenty centuries and when she speaks, it is not out of partisan politics or as an opposition party.  Which opposition party?” the prelate said.

Episcopal bishop joins Roman Catholic Church

Aug 8, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The retired Episcopal Bishop of Fort Worth, Bishop Clarence C. Pope, Jr., has joined the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Pope is the second Episcopal bishop to join the Catholic Church this year, and the fifth to resign from the House of Bishops since January.

“Without God, man loses his greatness; without God, there is no true humanism,” says Pope Benedict

Aug 8, 2007 - 09:54 am .- “Without God, man loses his greatness; without God, there is no true humanism”.With these words, Pope Benedict XVI today recalled the great legacy of another early Church father, Saint Gregory of Nazianze, theologian, preacher and poet from fourth-century Cappadocia.  A friend and admirer of St. Basil, whom the Holy Father remembered last week, St. Gregory was inspired to seek Baptism and to enter monastic life, devoting himself to prayer, solitude, and meditation. 

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