Archive of August 20, 2007

Papal letter to Chinese Catholics causing greater unity, offers focus for Marian feast day

Aug 20, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15, served as an occasion to remind Catholics in northern China of Pope Benedict’s call for unity among all Chinese Catholics.

British television airs ‘Muslim Jesus’

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:56 am .- A documentary, broadcast on British television ITV on Sunday, seeks to portray Jesus as Muslims view him. The one-hour program, called The Muslim Jesus, explains how Muslims consider Jesus to be a prophet rather than the Son of God.

Church in Venezuela asks for clarification on proposed changes to constitution

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:53 am .- Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela said this week that the Church wishes to learn more details about President Chavez’s proposed constitutional changes.

Ignorance of Christianity is first great obstacle to ecumenism, says Italian bishop

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Secretary General of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Europe (CCEE), Bishop Aldo Giordano, said this week that, “only those persons who know and live Christianity can contribute to ecumenism” and that "the first big obstacle" to achieving this "is the ignorance of Christianity or the superficiality of Christian life".

Peruvian bishops receive gestures of solidarity amidst earthquake tragedy

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:43 am .- Diverse dioceses of Latin America and Spain have expressed their solidarity and closeness to the Peruvian bishops and have initiated campaigns to help the more than 80,000 persons affected by the devastating August 15 earthquake, which shook the Peruvian coastal region of Ica.

EWTN available on new cable system in Mexico and in key US city

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:40 am .- EWTN’s Spanish-language channel is now available in key Mexican cities such as Acapulco, Chihuahua, Cuernavaca, Mexicali, Juarez and many others, thanks to an agreement with Cablemas.

Think-tank says abortion has become epidemic in Spain

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The Institute for Family Policy said this week that abortion has reached such massive levels in Spain that it has become a true epidemic in the country.

Vatican denies claims of Wikipedia tampering

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The Vatican on Friday denied BBC reports that it tampered with the Wikipedia online encyclopedia entry for Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

Amnesty affirms pro-abortion policy; bishop withdraws from group and calls for end of Catholic support

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:15 am .- Amnesty International affirmed its policy decision on Friday to become a pro-abortion organization and focus some of its efforts on creating universal access to abortion under select circumstances. The radical change has caused Bishop Michael Evans of the Diocese of East Anglia, England to withdraw his 31-year membership from the organization. The decision marks a significant shift for the 46-year-old organization that was founded by a Catholic layman, Peter Benenson, and has been neutral on the issue of abortion.

Australian priest who unleashed vulgar verbal tirade resigns

Aug 20, 2007 - 10:00 am .- The Australian Catholic priest, Monsignor Geoff Baron, who was caught on video insulting and verbally abusing a group of skateboarders, has resigned from his post as the Dean of Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Pope sends Cardinal Bertone with donation, prayers and the promise of his spiritual closeness to Peru

Aug 20, 2007 - 09:38 am .- The Vatican announced this morning that the Holy Father will send aid to those devastated by the earthquake that occurred on August 15th in the southwestern coastal region of Peru. The donation is being made through the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. One of the missions entrusted to the Council is to assist the Pope in carrying out special initiatives in the field of humanitarian actions when disasters occur.    

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