Archive of October 3, 2007

Dominicans rally against abortion

Oct 3, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Church leaders, politicians and civil groups have announced they will take measures to express opposition to a bill that would legalize abortion in the Dominican Republic.

Holy See hosting conference on formation and evolution of galaxies

Oct 3, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Vatican Astronomical Observatory is hosting an international conference on the formation and evolution of the galaxies, with more than 210 scientists participating from 26 countries, including Germany, France, Italy, the United States, Australia, Canada, Holland and Japan.

Incorrupt heart of first canonized Mexican bishop venerated in Juarez

Oct 3, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The relics of St. Rafael Guizar y Valencia, the first Mexican bishop to be canonized, are being venerated in the chapel that bears his name in the Diocese of Juarez October 2-13.

New nun study looks at Alzheimer's disease

Oct 3, 2007 - 10:44 am .- Scientists have been searching for ways to unveil many of the mysteries surrounding Alzheimer's disease for decades. A group of researchers from the University of Chicago who chose to look at a group of almost 1,000 nuns, priests, and monks found that those who were the most conscientious had the lowest chance of developing the disease.

Republicans could lose social conservatives to third party

Oct 3, 2007 - 10:42 am .- Social conservatives have threatened to abandon the Republican Party and support a third party presidential bid if their concerns are marginalized by a pro-choice presidential candidate.

Supreme Court avoids Catholic religious freedom case

Oct 3, 2007 - 10:23 am .- The United States Supreme Court on Monday declined to consider the appeal of Catholic and other religious groups seeking an exemption from a New York law mandating the funding of contraceptives in employee insurance programs, the International Herald-Tribune reports.

Reported miracle could make Mother Teresa a saint

Oct 3, 2007 - 09:57 am .- An Indian priest who worked with Mother Teresa believes she has miraculously interceded to heal him. If the claim is accepted by the Vatican, his evidence could prove her sainthood.Father V.M. Thomas, a 56-year-old Salesian priest based in the northeastern Indian town of Guwahati, was inexplicably healed of a painful ureter stone the day before he was to undergo surgery.  The details were related in a letter he wrote for the dossier of the investigation into the canonization of Mother Teresa.  

Vatican representative to UN pleas: make refugees a priority!

Oct 3, 2007 - 09:55 am .- “Millions of normal, ordinary human beings are thrust into situations of incredible humiliation and suffering,” said Archbishop Silvano Tomasi in a statement to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Our belief that God became a man is a historical reality, says Pope Benedict XVI

Oct 3, 2007 - 09:38 am .- The Holy Father took up again today his catechesis on the Apostolic Fathers, reflecting on the figure of Cyril of Alexandria, proclaimed doctor of the Church in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII. In the presence of 40,000 people, Pope Benedict explained how St. Cyril shows us that Jesus’ birth marked the entry of God, who existed before all time, into real history.St. Cyril is a true guardian of the faith because he “constantly referred to and quoted from the ecclesiastic authorities prior to his time, to show the continuity of his theology with the tradition of the church.”  For this reason, Benedict noted, he was called the “seal of the Fathers” and the “guardian of exactitude” of the faith.

Are you guys really going to be out here for 40 days?

Oct 3, 2007 - 09:31 am .- We’re praying at Planned Parenthood at 29th and B Streets. St. Stephen's took the Wednesday shift and St. Joseph's in Auburn took Thursday. The parking lot of PP is well lit, and as an odd answer to our prayers, PP has hired a nighttime security guard, further insuring our protection throughout the night.

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