Archive of September 25, 2007

Monsignor to UN: we have a “grave responsibility to protect the environment”

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:54 am .- Monsignor Pietro Parolin, the Under-Secretary for Relations with States, delivered a speech to the UN stressing that "everyone, without exception, has a grave responsibility to protect the environment."

Pope praises Nicaragua for pro-life policies

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:53 am .- During a ceremony in which he received the letters of credence of Nicaragua's new ambassador to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI praised that country for its policies respecting human life despite international pressure to legalize abortion.

Venezuelan cardinal says bishops are not politicians and have no interest in politics

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week the Venezuelan bishops are “not political operatives, nor do we have any political bias or political interests,” reaffirming what the country’s bishops have already said on various occasions.

Profanations of churches not theft but attack on religious freedom

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:29 am .- Cardinal Antonio Canizares of Toledo, Spain, broke his silence this week and spoke out against the profanations of churches in various towns throughout the archdiocese and warned that the motive behind the attacks is not thievery but rather “an attack on religious freedom at its most intimate core.”

Mexican bishops rally behind Cardinal Rivera amidst charges of sex abuse cover-up

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:20 am .- The bishops of Mexico have sent a letter to the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, expressing their solidarity with him in the face of an “undeserved” orchestrated attack against him for which the cardinal is “suffering for the Church,” involving the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy.

Holy See to organize conference “Woman and Man: The Totality of that which is Human”

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Laity will organize a conference on February 7-9, 2008, entitled, “Woman and Man: The Totality of what is Human,” as part of the 20th anniversary of John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the dignity and vocation of women, Mulieres Dignitatem.

Fr. Frank Pavone to kick off rallies for 40 Days for Life

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, will help to kick off two opening rallies for the 40 Days for Life Campaign. Both rallies will be held tomorrow. The first will be in Chicago in the morning and the second in Amarillo, Texas, in the evening.

Billboard, highlighting campaign to ‘exterminate’ black babies, stolen

Sep 25, 2007 - 11:02 am .- A Colorado Right to Life billboard, which quoted the Planned Parenthood founder about her goal to “exterminate” the black population, was stolen last week.Below the tagline “Planned Parenthood Kills Babies!” was a photo of a black baby and Margaret Sanger’s quote, which read: "We don't want the word to get out that we want to exterminate the negro population."

Cardinal Mahony commissions lay pastoral associates

Sep 25, 2007 - 10:08 am .- Cardinal Roger Mahony formally commissioned three lay women and one deacon as parish pastoral associates this month. The commissioning was done at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles on Sept. 9.

Vatican rejects woman's claim to have received Marian apparitions

Sep 25, 2007 - 10:04 am .- The Vatican has rejected the appeals of a British woman for formal recognition of her community and her claims that she has received Marian apparitions for the last 20 years.Patricia De Menezes, 67, has developed an international following since she first began “seeing” the apparition, dubbed “Our Lady of Surbiton”, in 1984. The freelance jewelry designer insists that she has been given a divine message urging the Church to proclaim aborted babies as martyrs and be seen as companion martyrs of the first Holy Innocents.

European Heritage Days theme: “Europe a shared heritage. The continent’s Christian roots”

Sep 25, 2007 - 09:58 am .- The Holy See announced today that it will participate in the "European Heritage Days," an initiative promoted by the Council of Europe in which more than 40 countries on the continent take part.

Vatican opens new Stamp and Coin Museum

Sep 25, 2007 - 09:21 am .- This morning the opening ceremony was held for the new Philatelic and Numismatic (Stamp and Coin) Museum of Vatican City State, located within the Vatican Museums.

Public funding of Catholic schools creates debate in Ontario

Sep 25, 2007 - 09:20 am .- Arguments over when the State should support the Church are becoming louder and louder in Canada. The issue at stake for hundreds of thousands of students in Ontario, Canada is whether or not their Catholic schools will continue to receive state funding.

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