Archive of October 9, 2007

Archbishop who opposed Mugabe now to focus on evangelization

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:40 am .- Archbishop Pius Ncube, an African cleric who has outspokenly opposed the dictator of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, will now head pastoral programs in the Archdiocese of Bulawayo.  As pastoral director, the archbishop will coordinate pastoral work, pastoral training, and courses for pastoral workers. 

Opposition to death penalty and support for abortion are contradictory, says Fundación Vida

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:25 am .- The director of the international office of Fundación Vida, Jose Antonio Retamar, said this week, “Any entity that claims to be against the death penalty but then supports abortion in certain circumstances incur a serious contradiction.” 

Guatemalan bishops propose sex-ed curriculum for students

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:22 am .-  The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala presented a teaching guide this week entitled “Education for Love.” The guide is aimed at helping parents and teachers to educate their children about sexuality based on science and Christian values.

2008 calendar with pictures of Benedict XVI on sale at the Vatican

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:19 am .- This week the Photographic Service of the Holy See, which is operated by L’Osservatore Romano, released the 2008 picture calendar featuring 13 unpublished photos of Pope Benedict XVI during his summer rest at Lorenzago de Cadore.

Residents of Italian Alps give Holy Father 115 foot-tall Christmas tree

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:16 am .- Five towns in the Italian Alps have sent a 115 foot-tall Italian fir tree to Benedict XVI to be used as the Vatican Christmas Tree, as a sign of the “generosity and religiosity” of the region.

Greek Orthodox archbishop's liver transplant deemed impossible

Oct 9, 2007 - 11:03 am .- Doctors in Miami have canceled a liver transplant for the head of the Greek Orthodox Church after finding that his cancer has spread too far.

Christmas wars begin again, city ballot organized to return Nativity display

Oct 9, 2007 - 10:27 am .- A citizens' petition drive to re-establish a Christmas tradition has begun in Berkley, Michigan.  Under pressure from the American Civil Liberties' Union, the Berkley City Council voted to remove a decades-old nativity display. Berkley resident Georgia Halloran launched a successful petition drive to place a Charter Amendment on the November ballot.  The amendment would overturn the city council's decision and would model the Nativity scene on a holiday display ruled constitutional by the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal court that governs Michigan.  

Vote Life, Canada! requests emergency session of Canadian bishops

Oct 9, 2007 - 10:17 am .- As the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) prepares to convene next week for its annual Plenary Assembly, the organization, Vote Life, Canada!, is calling for an emergency session to investigate how priestly actions contrary to the Church, have impacted the Canadian people.

Prominent Christian murdered in Gaza

Oct 9, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The small Christian community in the Gaza Strip has been shocked and frightened by the murder of a prominent Palestinian Christian, the Associated Press reports.

Catholic bishops oppose population control program in Philippines

Oct 9, 2007 - 10:02 am .- Facing a proposed population control program, Catholic bishops in the Philippines are defending the Catholic teaching on birth control.  The Philippine parliament is considering a proposal to spend $22 million to buy condoms and birth control pills to stem the country's growing population.

Vatican spokesman denies ownership of Italian soccer team

Oct 9, 2007 - 09:58 am .- It seems as though the Italian bishops, despite their love of soccer, have not purchased the Italian club AC Ancona, as was previously reported. However, the new owners of the team have forged a relationship with Centro Sportivo Italiano (CSI) to bring more Catholic values to the club.Yesterday afternoon, the press secretary for the Vatican, Fr. Federico Lombardi, told the press that neither the Vatican nor the Italian Bishop’s Conference has purchased AC Ancona or taken responsibility for it.  

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