Archive of September 6, 2007

Pope emphasizes Catholic identity and respect for other traditions

Sep 6, 2007 - 11:05 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed bishops from the Episcopal Conferences of Laos and Cambodia today as they concluded their visit to the Holy See. He called them to maintain their Catholic identity while respecting the traditions of the culture in which they live.

Deaf judge writes music for WYD closing Mass

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Australian Supreme Court Justice George Palmer has composed the music for the World Youth Day 2008 closing Mass with Pope Benedict XVI at Randwick Racecourse.

Pro-life doctors could be forced to violate their consciences by new bill

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:48 am .- Newly proposed legislation in Wisconsin could force doctors to act against their conscience and give emergency contraception to rape victims, says Pro-Life Wisconsin.

NY citizens demand more information on plans to open Muslim school

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:41 am .- A coalition of concerned citizens gathered on the steps of New York City Hall to express their concerns regarding the opening of a new school, designed to immerse students in the Islamic culture.

President of France calls for religion in schools

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:35 am .- French President Nicholas Sarkozy has urged all French teachers to participate in a renaissance of the French education system, which he believes should include the instruction of religion.

Blessed Teresa's Feast brings slum people, others to her tomb

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:11 am .- It was still dark, almost an hour before sunrise on Sept. 5, but the freshly decorated white marble tomb of Blessed Teresa gleamed as the feast day of the saintly nun began.   According to UCA News, activities began early in the morning with the arrival of more than 150 women, men and children from slum areas where Blessed Teresa had begun her mission among "the poorest of the poor."

"Official" Chinese Catholic church threatens to appoint bishops

Sep 6, 2007 - 10:01 am .- The hope for reconciliation between the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) and the Vatican seems to be dimming as the government-run church claims that it will ordain new bishops to lead 40 vacant Chinese dioceses.

Pope Benedict meets with Shimon Peres, calls for end to ‘60 years of destruction and mourning in the Holy Land.’

Sep 6, 2007 - 09:55 am .- This morning, in the Apostolic Palace of Castelgandolfo, the Holy Father Benedict XVI received the president of Israel, Shimon Peres in an audience. The Pope encouraged the president to take advantage of the present favorable conditions to resolve the conflict which has lasted for 60 years.  Pope Benedict expressed hope that given the recent renewal of contact between Israel and Palestine and the international conference scheduled for next November that the long-lasting crisis can be resolved.

Five people from same Florida parish enter religious life

Sep 6, 2007 - 09:47 am .- Beth Burwell wrestled with the question of whether she could forego having a husband or children.

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