Archive of October 8, 2007

Lone Christian theology school in Iraq begins new school year

Oct 8, 2007 - 02:26 pm .- The only Christian theology school in Iraq, Babel College, began its new school year in Ankawa this week with a Mass celebrated by Chaldean Auxiliary Bishop Jacques Ishaq of Baghdad and Father Rayan Atto at the Church of Mar Eliya.

Grandfather of aborted baby wants remains in order to provide grandson with Christian burial

Oct 8, 2007 - 01:14 pm .- The father of a handicapped young woman who underwent an abortion several days ago in the Argentinean city of Entre Rios is requesting custody of the aborted baby in order to provide him a Christian burial.

Religions can overcome the clash of civilizations says Vatican envoy to UN

Oct 8, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The necessity of religious freedom and cooperation between religions were among several themes stressed by the Holy See's Secretary for the Relations with States in a Friday address to the Sixty-second session of the UN General Assembly. 

Cardinal O’Connor: British government also acknowledges problem of divorce

Oct 8, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor of Westminster, president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, said this week, “The British government also realizes the economic and social costs of separation and divorce. This situation makes it necessary for a greater support for the family to emerge.”

Church’s vision of family and marriage applies to everyone, says French cardinal

Oct 8, 2007 - 11:18 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, Cardinal Jean Pierre Ricard, said this week the Church’s vision of family and marriage is not “a merely confessional one and is not aimed only at Catholics.  We bear a vision of the person and of marriage that applies to all mankind.”

Catholic lawyers send proposed legal reforms on religious liberty to Mexican Senate

Oct 8, 2007 - 11:14 am .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico, Armando Martinez, has sent a proposal to the Mexican Senate to reform the country’s Constitution in order to guarantee human rights for priests and religious, such as freedom of expression, which came into question during the recent debate on the legalization of abortion in Mexico City. 

Secretive UNICEF support for abortion

Oct 8, 2007 - 10:53 am .- The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is a sponsor to an initiative that includes support for legal abortion. The initiative, titled "Deliver Now for Women and Children," was launched in New York last week by various United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Diocese of San Diego seeks help to pay sex abuse settlement

Oct 8, 2007 - 10:46 am .- The Catholic Diocese of San Diego is appealing to parishioners and priests to help pay for a recent $198.1 million dollar sexual abuse settlement, the Associated Press reports.

Georgia Legislature considers Human Life Amendment

Oct 8, 2007 - 10:27 am .- An amendment to the Georgia constitution that would protect life in all forms, from conception to natural death, is now before the state legislature for approval. 

"We have to work with the legislators we have, not the ones we wish we had”

Oct 8, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Pro-abortion and pro-euthanasia legislators have been invited to participate in a conference on poverty at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco.  The event is co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of San Francisco in a gathering to spotlight the UN Millennium Development Goals and to press for the U.S. to commit 0.7% of its gross national product to the global eradication of “the poverty that kills.”

Reflections on the pilgrimage for the beatification of Father Basile Anthony Mary Moreau, CSC

Oct 8, 2007 - 10:07 am .- Like shepherds and Magi, the family of Holy Cross came from their mission fields in many countries to the nativity crèche of Father Basile Anthony Mary Moreau, CSC.  There in his Bethlehem, called Laigne-en-Belin, he was also re-born in Christ; there the seed of his vocation as the founder of Holy Cross was planted in the rich soil of a profound faith in the power of the Cross, of a radical trust in Divine Providence and of a zealous love for the mission of Christ.

National clergy group supports Archbishop Burke’s Communion refusal

Oct 8, 2007 - 09:41 am .- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a national association of 600 priests and deacons, has issued a statement endorsing Archbishop Raymond Burke's position that clergy must deny Holy Communion to public figures who openly support abortion or euthanasia.Part of the statement reads: "Archbishop Burke equally addresses politicians on both sides of the aisle. Whether Democrat, Republican or independent; executive, legislative or judicial branches; all public officials who publicly support, promote or give assistance to others to commit evil are cooperators in that evil."  

Pope’s message to athletes: Let sports help you develop an inner harmony between body and spirit

Oct 8, 2007 - 09:37 am .- On Saturday morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received members of the Austrian alpine ski team. He pointed out to the athletes that sport requires virtue and that their example serves as a model to the young who are searching for meaning in life.

Keep St. Peter’s Basilica a place of prayer and adoration, says Benedict XVI

Oct 8, 2007 - 09:37 am .- At noon today the Pope received Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the archpriest of St. Peter's Basilica, and those who work with him. Benedict told them that the basilica should continue to be a place which is totally oriented to the glory of Christ and the unity of the Church.  The Holy Father recalled how the chapter of the papal basilica of St. Peter's dates back to 1053, "when Pope Leo IX confirmed on the archpriest and canons of St. Peter's, who had taken up residence in the monastery of Santo Stefano Maggiore, the possessions and privileges granted by his predecessors."  

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