Archive of October 11, 2007

Orange County bishop appointed as coadjutor of Sacramento Diocese

Oct 11, 2007 - 04:11 pm .- The Holy Father has appointed Bishop Jamie Soto to be the coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento.  He will assist Bishop William K. Weigand in 42,000 square mile diocese and will take over the position as bishop when Weigand retires.

Archbishop Migliore addresses the UN on the Peace-building Commission

Oct 11, 2007 - 04:09 pm .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See permanent observer to the United Nations in New York, yesterday addressed the 62nd Session of the U.N. General Assembly which is deliberating upon the theme of the "Peace-building Commission (PBC)."

Connecticut bishops urged to reverse Plan B decision

Oct 11, 2007 - 03:28 pm .- The Catholic Media Coalition (CMC) has urged the Catholic Bishops of Connecticut to withdraw their decision approving the administration of the potentially abortifacient "Plan B" drug to rape victims at Catholic hospitals in the state.

Bishop of Bilbao calls for “definitive end of ETA”

Oct 11, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao, condemned the recent attack by the Basque separatist group ETA and called for the “definitive end” of the terrorist organization.

Spanish foundation says 56% of women it counsels decide not to go through with abortions

Oct 11, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The organization “Fundacion Vida in Spain,” which provides counseling to pregnant women, said this week that more than 287 women used its services during the first trimester of the year, with 151 women, or 52.6%, deciding not to go through with an abortion.

Mexican senators call for greater security for cardinal amidst death threats

Oct 11, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Senators from various political parties are calling for greater security measures by the federal and local officials in Mexico City to protect Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, who has recently become the subject of constant death threats.

Catholic League warns of "Atheism for kids" movie, book series

Oct 11, 2007 - 11:00 am .- A new movie starring Nicole Kidman will belittle Catholicism and promote atheism to children, warned Catholic League President Bill Donohue.

Germans pressuring Nicaragua to legalize abortion

Oct 11, 2007 - 10:57 am .- The magazine Lateinamerika Nachrichten (Reports on Latin America) is encouraging Germans to send post cards to the president of Legislative Assembly of Nicaragua, Rene Nunez Tellez, to pressure the country to turn back from its pro-life policies and legalize therapeutic abortion.

Denver conference to advance respect for life

Oct 11, 2007 - 10:54 am .- Voter responsibility and moral issues in contemporary politics will be the topics of discussion at the Archdiocese of Denver's 2007 Gospel of Life Conference.  Panel topics will include Catholic teaching regarding human sexuality and gender complementarity, stem-cell research, and the Catholic voter's duty to protect the dignity of human life.

Campaign for public Nativity Scenes kicks off

Oct 11, 2007 - 10:50 am .- The Nativity Project, a movement encouraging faith communities to set up Nativity Scenes in front of their city halls, government centers, or state capitol buildings is preparing to begin its annual campaign.

During summit on “Islamophobia” Muslims demand use of Cathedral of Cordoba for religious services

Oct 11, 2007 - 10:41 am .- During a summit on “Islamophobia” organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the Arab League of Cordoba in Spain, the secretary general of the Arab League, Amr Moussa, demanded Muslims be granted the right to hold religious services at the Cathedral of Cordoba.

Pro-life activist calls for protest against Planned Parenthood

Oct 11, 2007 - 10:06 am .- Judy Brown of the American Life League has reported pro-life successes in a letter calling for more vigorous anti-abortion activism.  She singled out for praise a family man who organized his neighbors in Monrovia, California to prevent a Planned Parenthood office from opening in his town. 

Halt embryonic stem-cell research and protect human life, insists the Pope

Oct 11, 2007 - 09:49 am .- Pope Benedict issued a plea to all scientists today to stop using human embryos for research because it violates their God-given human dignity.The head of the Catholic Church made his appeal specifically to South Korea, which has been in the international spotlight for its burgeoning bio-medical field over the last couple years, particularly in the area of stem-cell research.  

No cost is too high to pay for remaining faithful to the truth, proclaims the Pope

Oct 11, 2007 - 09:10 am .- Today Pope Benedict XVI received the letters of credence of South Korea’s new ambassador to the Holy See. The Holy Father took the opportunity to praise the witness of the many Korean martyrs by saying, "Their sacrifice reminds us that no cost is too great for persevering in fidelity to the truth.”Benedict XVI spoke to the Korean diplomat in English, telling him that, “Regrettably, in our contemporary pluralist world some people question or even deny the importance of truth. Yet objective truth remains the only sure basis for social cohesion. Truth is not dependent upon consensus but precedes it and makes it possible, generating authentic human solidarity.”

Pope Benedict pledges full support for peace efforts between the Koreas

Oct 11, 2007 - 09:10 am .- The Pope turned his attention today to the efforts aimed at promoting peace on the Korean peninsula and lent his full support to the push for reconciliation between the two countries.

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