Oct 15, 2007 - 03:20 pm .- Ireland has experienced a dramatic increase in its wealth over the last several years. Along with this surge of income, a strange way of thinking has developed amongst some people that disassociates their bad behavior from its larger societal consequences. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin described this thinking by mentioning that some people “use cocaine on Saturday and eat organic food on Sunday.”
Oct 15, 2007 - 02:43 pm .- While gaffes by the secular press covering religion are somewhat common and often humorous, they usually aren’t as bad as the Associated Press’ latest error. On Friday, AP reporter Nicole Winfield incorrectly wrote that Pope Benedict XVI supports therapeutic cloning.
Oct 15, 2007 - 01:04 pm .- California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Republican, has signed a special bill favored by Planned Parenthood to increase Medi-Cal rates for "family planning services."
Oct 15, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- The Syrian Catholic Archbishop of Mosul, Basile Georges Casmoussa, has denied a report by the Aina news agency that four Iraqi priests kidnapped last Saturday have been released. “The two priests Father Pius Afas and Father Mazen Ishoa are still in the hands of their captors,” he said.According to the Misna news agency, which spoke directly with the archbishop, the news of the release “is not accurate. The last contact with the kidnappers was yesterday evening (Sunday) when they called us on the phone and asked for a ransom payment of one million dollars—an amount that is not within our possibilities,” the agency reported.
Oct 15, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- The 10th plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox, held in the Italian city of Ravenna last week, came to an end yesterday.
Oct 15, 2007 - 11:16 am .- An association of various national bishops' conferences in western Africa has issued a communiqué encouraging Christian-Muslim dialogue as "the only way that we can truly cultivate respect for each other."
Oct 15, 2007 - 11:06 am .- One of the largest churches in the world was dedicated on Sunday in Fatima, Portugal one of the most popular Marian pilgrimage sites in the world. The Church of the Holy Trinity, built to accommodate the estimated 5 million annual pilgrims to Fatima, can hold nearly 9,000 people.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:59 am .- We seem to be having an impact on Planned Parenthood, 29th and B Street, downtown Sacramento, where we are holding our constant prayer vigil these 40 days.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:54 am .- California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a same-sex marriage bill, the Associated Press reports.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Deirdre McQuade, an official for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has criticized a recent study by the Allan Guttmacher Institute on global abortion rates for its circular definitions, inaccurate analysis, and advocacy of legalized abortion.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:48 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, said this week the “State has the duty to guarantee security for all citizens” in order to prevent such things as the death threats that Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera has been subjected to in recent weeks.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:47 am .- “The Last Visionary of Fatima. My Conversations with Sister Lucia,” is the title of a new book by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, which reveals details of his encounters with the last survivor of the three shepherd children who were witnesses of the Marian apparitions in Fatima in 1917.
Oct 15, 2007 - 10:37 am .- In his recent book “God and Caesar,” the Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said a “common heresy of our times” is believing that Catholics can accept and practice contraception, using the “primacy of conscience” as a justification.Taking a metaphor from Oxford professor Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, the cardinal called this belief that has spread among Catholics the “Donald Duck heresy,” referring to the Disney character who "knows it all", and "has an unshakeable conviction of self-righteousness." The self-indulgent duck, explains Pell is well-meaning but "his activity is often disastrous for himself and others."
Sacred music safeguards tradition of the Church and is of greater value than any other art, Pope saysOct 15, 2007 - 09:36 am .- During a visit on Saturday to the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Pope Benedict XVI called on the Church’s leaders to ensure that the “aggiornamiento [updating] of religious music is done in continuity with the living tradition of the Church.”
Oct 15, 2007 - 09:34 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, confirmed this weekend that a Vatican official has been suspended from the priesthood after he apparently confessed to homosexual practices on a television program.
Oct 15, 2007 - 09:01 am .- Yesterday at noon, Pope Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with thousands of pilgrims who had gathered below in St. Peter's Square. The Holy Father’s message for the Angelus was taken from Sunday’s Gospel reading. He told the crowd that true healing is found through salvation and that this kind of healing more than health, it is a new life. The Pope commented on the cleansing of ten lepers, of whom just one, a Samaritan, returned to thank Jesus for having cured him. "Complete and radical healing is 'salvation'," said the Holy Father. "Everyday language itself, by distinguishing between 'health' and 'salvation,' helps us to understand that salvation is much more than health: it is, in fact, new, full and definitive life.