Archive of September 24, 2007

Costa Rican bishops call for responsible and ethical vote on trade agreement

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:28 am .- In a document released September 20, the bishops of Costa Rica urged citizens to vote ethically and responsibly on the referendum on the Free Trade Agreement on October 7.

“Don’t allow the dreams God put into your hearts to be stolen,” Argentinean bishop says

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Bishop Jorge Eduardo Lozano of Gualeguaychu in Argentina has asked young people that even though there are some “who see you only as part of the crowd” that serves to get them rich, don’t allow “the dreams God has put in your hearts to be stolen.”

Spanish archbishop defends importance of Catholic education

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:13 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia last week defended the importance of Catholic schools and universities in the formation of men and women who challenge today’s society to remain committed to the promotion and fostering of human dignity.

Pope calls for greater dialogue for Ukrainian bishops

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:11 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed the bishops of the Ukrainian Episcopal Conference as they completed their “ad limina” visit and offered a plan for the Latin and Greek bishops to continue to grow in cooperation so they are an example of the unity needed for ecumenical dialogue.

German politician proposes seven year-long marriages

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:09 am .- A politician who is running to be leader of the Social Christian Union party in Bavaria has proposed that marriages be allowed to expire after seven years.

Pope denounces violence carried out in the name of God

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:08 am .- During a meeting on September 21 meeting with members of Italy’s Centrist Democrat International (IDC) political party at Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI criticized the violence carried out by terrorist networks which attempt to justify their threats against global security by arguing that society has forgotten God, and he denounced those who “claim to act in God's name and harbor an inexcusable contempt for human life.”

Pope to politicians: strive to prevent spread of ideologies that cast a shadow on the truth

Sep 24, 2007 - 11:07 am .- Pope Benedict XVI called on politicians this week to strive to prevent the dissemination of ideologies that cast a shadow on the truth and the good of consciences.  He also asked that they not exclude God from the horizon of man and from history and to ensure that “authentically religious traditions” be allowed “to manifest their own identity publicly, free from any pressure to hide or disguise it.”

Pope Benedict—Life is always a choice between God and Satan, between love and selfishness.

Sep 24, 2007 - 10:56 am .- On Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI paid a visit to Velletri, Italy where he presided over Mass and gave a homily on the Gospel of the dishonest steward. The Pope told his listeners that, fundamentally, life is always a choice between good and evil, between God and Satan.

Oklahoma priest may be canonized

Sep 24, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will officially begin next month to gather information toward the cause for canonization of a local priest. If the archdiocese succeeds in its efforts, Fr. Stanley Rother would become the first Oklahoman to be canonized.

New Chinese archbishop recognized by the Holy See

Sep 24, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The Chinese priest, Father Joseph Li Shan was appointed the Archbishop of Beijing on September 21st after receiving approval from the Vatican. 

Mayor tells public hearing to respect Quebec’s Catholic values

Sep 24, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The Roman Catholic religion has played an important role in Quebec history and its imagery should remain in public institutions, said the mayor of Quebec’s sixth largest city at the reasonable accommodations hearings last week.

Columnist stirs controversy in Uganda by calling for legalization of abortion

Sep 24, 2007 - 10:25 am .- A columnist for a Ugandan newspaper has called on the government of the East African country to ignore the Catholic Church’s views and get on with the business of legalizing abortion.

Pope Benedict gives newly ordained bishops key to success for their mission

Sep 24, 2007 - 08:44 am .- On Saturday morning at Pope Benedict’s summer house in Castelgandolfo, he received the bishops who have been ordained over the last year. The pontiff took the newly consecrated bishops through a reflection on how bishops should be men of prayer. In praying, Benedict told the bishops that they should have “the trust of children, the boldness of a friend, and the perseverance of Abraham, who was tireless in his intercession."  After highlighting how "the chief place in the life of a successor to the Apostles must be reserved for God," the Pope told the bishops to reserve a special mention for priests in their prayers, "that they may persevere in their vocation, faithful to the priestly mission with which they have been entrusted.  

Episcopal bishop to become a Roman Catholic

Sep 24, 2007 - 08:28 am .- Yet another Episcopal bishop has announced his intention to resign from the Episcopal Church and become a Roman Catholic. Bishop Jeffrey Steenson of Rio Grande, New Mexico is expected to announce his decision on Monday, reported The Living Church.“I believe that the Lord now calls me in this direction. It amazes me, after all of these years, what a radical journey of faith this must necessarily be."  

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