Archive of September 7, 2007

Pope inspires addicts to seek treatment in Brazil

Sep 7, 2007 - 02:27 pm .- Not everyone was expected to be impacted by the Pope’s visit to Brazil last summer, however since Benedict XVI visited Fazenda da Esperança, a drug rehabilitation center, hundreds have been inspired to seek treatment and to strive to find happiness in Christ.

Argentinean doctors say science proves only two sexes exist: male and female

Sep 7, 2007 - 11:23 am .- In the wake of a scandal caused by school professor who dresses up as a woman, the Consortium of Catholic Doctors of Buenos Aires rejected the idea that sexuality is sentimental and not biological, noting that science demonstrates that only two sexes exist: male and female.

Episcopal commission to study Chavez’s constitutional reforms

Sep 7, 2007 - 11:14 am .- A commission of bishops named by the head of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela and other Conference leaders will study the constitutional reforms proposed by President Hugo Chavez and prepare a response that will be addressed to the Venezuelan people.

Thousands of faithful to follow Pope’s visit to Austria

Sep 7, 2007 - 11:12 am .- According to press reports, the historic visit to Austria by Pope Benedict XVI September 7-9 will be covered by some 1,700 journalists, who will be among the 33,000 people expected to attend the Mass at the Shrine of Mariazell.

Canadian lectionary’s inclusive language receives Vatican approval

Sep 7, 2007 - 11:07 am .- After 18 years, the Vatican has put a final stamp of approval on the Canadian lectionary, granting a recognitio to the inclusive language of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) of the Bible in English.

Rev. James Kennedy, pro-life advocate, dies

Sep 7, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Renowned Presbyterian minister and pro-life advocate James Kennedy died Wednesday at the age of 76.

Catholic leaders urge Senate to boost development, humanitarian aid

Sep 7, 2007 - 10:52 am .- The United States bishops and their overseas relief organization are urging the US Senate to offer “active support for essential funding for urgent humanitarian and development activities.”

Poland calls on EU to include abortion and euthanasia as part of opposition to the death penalty

Sep 7, 2007 - 10:36 am .- The government of Poland has asked the European Union to expand its opposition to the death penalty to include abortion and euthanasia.

Vatican denounces “monstrosity” of hybrid embryos

Sep 7, 2007 - 10:32 am .- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia denounced as a “monstrosity” the new norms approved this week in Great Britain by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which allow the creation of animal-human embryos for the purpose of extracting stem cells for use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease.

Vatican declines early start for Cardinal Otunga’s cause

Sep 7, 2007 - 10:00 am .- The Vatican refused a request by the Archdiocese of Nairobi for an early start in the cause of Cardinal Maurice Michael Otunga.

Pope prays for victims of the Holocaust and meets Jewish leaders

Sep 7, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Following a ceremony in which he dedicated Austria and all of its people to the protection of Mary, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to the nearby Judenplatz, which contains a commemorative monument to the Shoah (Holocaust). The Holy Father was received there by the Chief Rabbi and the president of the Jewish community in Vienna. He paused to pray in silence and speak with members of the Jewish community that had gathered to greet him.

Pope Benedict goes to Austria on Mariazell pilgrimage

Sep 7, 2007 - 09:33 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI began his seventh trip outside of Italy on a good note saying that he “felt at home” in Austria. The pontiff’s trip is in Austria to celebrate the 850th anniversary of the Marian shrine at Mariazell, the most important shrine in central Europe. The Holy Father departed Rome this morning at 9:50 am local time and arrived in Vienna two hours later. Upon landing, the Pope was greeted by Heinz Fischer, president of the Republic of Austria, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn O.P., the archbishop of Vienna and the melodious welcome of a children’s choir.  For in-depth coverage of the Holy Father's visit to Austria please visit our mini-site (click here) dedicated to the trip.

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