Oct 4, 2007 - 11:24 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, issued a statement this week emphasizing that “death with dignity cannot be understood as the right to end life through conditions created artificially by medical personnel or by a mistaken sense of mercy for the patient,” he said, in reference to a Senate bill regarding euthanasia.
Oct 4, 2007 - 11:19 am .- Bishop Juan Ignacio Gonzalez of San Bernardo has asked those responsible for stealing a statue of Mary on the night of September 30 at the local Cathedral to return it.
Oct 4, 2007 - 11:16 am .- Thawing relations between the long-separated Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches could lead to a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Patriarch Alexy II.
Oct 4, 2007 - 10:55 am .- In a letter sent to the Guatemalan Congress, the organization, Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged legislators to vote against the “Protection for Marriage and Family Act.”
Oct 4, 2007 - 10:53 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society has announced the publication of a college guide for Catholic higher education.
Oct 4, 2007 - 10:36 am .- A prominent Catholic hospital in London is debating whether to institute a pro-life code of ethics at the behest of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of Westminster, The Telegraph reports.The new code of ethics for the north London hospital of St. John and St. Elizabeth's would bar doctors from referring abortions or providing contraceptives. The code results from an investigation last year that found that medical staff was already violating Church teaching. Though intended to be implemented at the start of the year, it has faced resistance from doctors and executives.
Oct 4, 2007 - 10:19 am .- A school district in Oak Lawn, Illinois, citing concerns for sensitivity to Muslim students, is debating the place of Halloween and Christmas celebrations in public schools.
Oct 4, 2007 - 09:51 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received Italy’s new ambassador to the Holy See, Antonio Zanardi Landi, today on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi. The pontiff spoke with the new diplomat about the "mutual collaboration" between Church and State "for the promotion of mankind and the good of the entire national community." Recently, the Church in Italy has come under attack for its tax-exempt status from certain radical and Masonic groups within the European Union. The Pope seemed to be referring to this when he added, "the Church does not aim to acquire power nor does she seek privileges or positions of economic and social advantage. "Her only aim, is to serve mankind, drawing inspiration, as the supreme norm of behavior, from the words and example of Jesus Christ Who 'went about doing good and healing everyone.'”
Oct 4, 2007 - 09:51 am .- Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney, called spiritual and religious preparation "the most important challenge" for the upcoming World Youth Day 2008. The cardinal noted an "erosion of faith and practice," citing census figures showing a two percent increase in Australians who do not claim a religion.
Oct 4, 2007 - 09:50 am .- This morning the Archdiocese of Sydney received a new auxiliary bishop as it prepares for the 2008 World Youth Day gathering and copes with a priest shortage.
Oct 4, 2007 - 09:37 am .- "Processus contra Templarios," a book published by the Vatican Secret Archives on the subject of the Knights Templar will be presented on October 25 in the Vatican's Old Synod Hall. The book contains entire acts of the original hearing against the medieval military-religious order that was suppressed by Pope Clement V.