Archive of September 5, 2007

Human-animal embryos approved in UK

Sep 5, 2007 - 03:01 pm .- Plans for the creation of human-animal embryos were approved in principal today by British officials at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

Planned Parenthood deceptive in plans to build new abortion facility

Sep 5, 2007 - 01:06 pm .- Pro-life advocates are calling on the city of Aurora to launch an official investigation into the application process for the construction of a multi-floor building, revealed to be a new abortion facility.

Church’s tax status called into question, Cardinal Bertone responds

Sep 5, 2007 - 10:18 am .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the outspoken Vatican Secretary of State, addressed the political figures who have questioned the tax advantages received by the Catholic Church.

Developer restores former L.A. cathedral, converts it into event hall

Sep 5, 2007 - 10:11 am .- Thanks to local preservationists and an astute developer, the former cathedral of Los Angeles was returned to its previous structural glory last week.

Writing contest invites young people to share their love for their parents

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:57 am .- A Redemptorist priest recently organized an online writing contest to promote love and understanding among Catholic parents and children in Vietnam.

Pope names Nigerian priest protocol chief for Secretariat of State

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:56 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Nigerian priest Msgr. Fortunatus Nwachukwu as the Chief Protocol Officer for the Secretariat of State.

Church being built as part of Olympic Village in China

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:54 am .- Beijing officials have decided to build a church in the Olympic Village for religious services during the 2008 Olympic Games, following the long-standing tradition established by host countries.  This will be done despite the usual restrictions on religious practices imposed by the Communist regime.

Population Research Institute denounces new strategy to spread abortion in Latin America

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:51 am .- In its new bulletin in Spanish, the Population Research Institute will unmask a new strategy by pro-abortion forces to change laws in Latin America that protect human life.  The report outlines a “systematic and international strategy” designed to “introduce abortion into countries where it is illegal.”

Benedict XVI to meet with Saudi Arabia Chancellor and President of Israel on Thursday

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:48 am .- This Thursday Pope Benedict XVI will meet in separate audiences with the Chancellor of Saudi Arabia, Prince Saud Al-Faisal Bin Adbul Aziz Al-Said and with Israeli President Shimon Peres.

The goal of man is to become like God, but this is a life-long journey—Pope Benedict XVI

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:21 am .- This morning, the Pope traveled by helicopter from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the Vatican, where he landed shortly before 10 am. He then made his way to St. Peter's Square where he presided at his weekly general audience, attended by 16,000 people.   In keeping with his plan to extol the holiness of the Early Church Fathers, the Pope returned to consider the figure of St. Gregory of Nyssa (335-395) - who was also the subject of last week's catechesis –noting how the bishop saint always "showed a highly elevated sense of man's dignity."

Film made to 'reform fundamentalists', says Muslim filmmaker

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:21 am .- The writer and director of a controversial Pakistani film, currently screening at the Venice Film Festival, said he hopes his film will "reform the fundamentalists in Pakistan in particular, and the Muslim world in general." Shoaib Mansoor’s film, In the Name of God, is a box office hit in Pakistan despite fatwas [scholarly edicts based on Islamic law] and legal threats from Muslim leaders, such as the radical cleric of Islamabad's Red Mosque, Abdul Rashid Ghazi. Ghazi was one of more than 50 people killed in the assault on the mosque in early July.  

Benedict XVI stresses need to protect Creation again

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:11 am .- This past weekend, Pope Benedict spoke out in defense of the environment at the “Saving Creation Day” in Loreto, Italy. Speaking at the end of today’s general audience, the Pope turned his attention to protecting Creation again.

Diocese of Bamberg celebrates 1000th anniversary, honors Pope with concert

Sep 5, 2007 - 09:09 am .- Yesterday evening, Pope Benedict XVI was treated to a concert performed by the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra for celebrations marking the 1000th anniversary of the archdiocese of Bamberg, Germany.

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