Archive of October 18, 2007

Wife of Irish Anglican bishop converts to Catholicism

Oct 18, 2007 - 03:39 pm .- The wife of a Church of Ireland bishop has converted to Roman Catholicism, the Associated Press reports.

Planned Parenthood charged with violating Kansas laws against abortion

Oct 18, 2007 - 03:13 pm .- Planned Parenthood is facing criminal charges in Kansas for aborting late-term, pre-born babies in violation of state law. On Wednesday, Kansas District Attorney Phill Kline filed a 107-count indictment against the abortion provider. 

New Canadian archbishops appointed

Oct 18, 2007 - 11:41 am .- On Thursday, the Holy Father appointed two archbishops in Canada, Bishop Anthony Mancini, as the Archbishop of Halifax, and Bishop Martin William Currie to lead the Archdiocese of Saint John’s, Newfoundland.

“Lovers of Liberty” refuse to accept “Education for Citizenship”

Oct 18, 2007 - 11:40 am .- “Responsible people and lovers of freedom, and of course Catholics, cannot accept” the controversial course Education for Citizenship, according to the Council of the Laity of Madrid.

Law on legalizing abortion in Uruguay fails due to lack of votes

Oct 18, 2007 - 11:37 am .- On Tuesday night, the Uruguayan Senate decided to postpone a vote until the following day on the “Sexual and Reproductive Health” law that would legalize abortion in the country.

PRD party decides to end protests outside Mexico City cathedral

Oct 18, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The organization Peaceful Civil Resistance, which was harassing the Catholic Church after the defeat of PRD presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, announced it would end the violent protests against Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera it has organized outside the Cathedral of Mexico City.

Indian archbishop chosen to become cardinal

Oct 18, 2007 - 11:13 am .- One of the "most simple and approachable" Catholic leaders in India has been chosen for the cardinalate by Pope Benedict XVI.

FDA approved RU-486 under questionable circumstances, group charges

Oct 18, 2007 - 10:56 am .- The approval process of the RU-486 abortion pill faced new charges of political favoritism, poor oversight, and lax production safety standards in a release from Judicial Watch on Tuesday.

Japan: Medical association approves euthanasia

Oct 18, 2007 - 10:56 am .-  The Japanese Association of Acute Medicine issued a statement this week approving the practice of euthanasia for terminally-ill patients under certain circumstances. A person can be euthanized if they ask for it in writing, if a review is done by a panel of doctors when the will of the patient is unknown, or if the family is unable to make a decision.

Vatican Museum opens exhibition on Apocalypse

Oct 18, 2007 - 09:50 am .- "Apocalypse: the Final Revelation" is the title of an exhibition inaugurated today in the Sistine Hall of the Vatican Museums. The exhibit aims to invite people “to reconsider the last book of the New Testament through a selection of masterworks, outstanding among them a series of ancient icons."

First Texan cardinal calls his selection "very humbling and surprising"

Oct 18, 2007 - 09:03 am .- Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo, head of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, is one of the two Americans Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to be elevated to the cardinalate, and the first Texan prince of the Church.Referring to the decision, at a news conference Wednesday Cardinal-designate DiNardo said "It says something about Texas and how wonderful Texas is in the terms of the growth of our Catholic faith."  He called the choice "very humbling and surprising" and offered his full loyalty and obedience to the Pope. 

Speed up the reform of U.N., says archbishop to the world authority

Oct 18, 2007 - 09:02 am .- The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, was in New York yesterday addressing the U.N., where he delivered a speech calling for reform of the “world authority”. “Were Pope Paul here with us today he would certainly… be making remarks on the slow progress of U.N. reform,” the primate of Ireland said.On the 40th anniversary of Pope Paul VI's encyclical Populorum Progressio, his only social encyclical, Archbishop Martin spoke of how the world needs the U.N. to be a body which promotes peace around the world through development.  

Vatican to beatify Austrian conscientious objector

Oct 18, 2007 - 08:19 am .- “Let us love our enemies, bless those who curse us, pray for those who persecute us. For love will conquer and will endure for all eternity.” — Franz Jagerstatter

Top 50 Catholic High Schools Announced for 2007

Oct 18, 2007 - 07:13 am .- The Catholic High School Honor Roll announced its fourth annual selection of the top 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States.  The Honor Roll recognizes and encourages excellence in Catholic secondary education and is a critical resource for parents and educators.  It honors those schools that excel in three specific categories:  academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education.

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