Archive of October 22, 2007

Cardinal Tauran outlines difficulties of dialogue with Muslims

Oct 22, 2007 - 02:20 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, warned this week of the difficulties posed by inter-religious dialogue with Muslims, since they “do not accept discussions about the Koran, because they say it was written under the dictates of God.”

Pope receives President of Central African Republic

Oct 22, 2007 - 11:26 am .- Today, the Holy See Press Office announced that the Holy Father met with Francois Bozize, the President of the Central African Republic who was “subsequently going on to meet with Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. who was accompanied by Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, secretary for Relations with States.”

Venezuelan bishops explain opposition to Chavez’s constitutional reform

Oct 22, 2007 - 11:26 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela has announced its official position regarding the constitutional reform undertaken by President Hugo Chavez, who seeks to turn the country into a Socialist state.

Pro-family group in Panama offers alternative sex-ed formation

Oct 22, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The organization “Alliance for Life and the Family” in Panama has sponsored a new bill that would counteract a controversial “sexual guide” that promotes sexual promiscuity and even bestiality. The group’s proposed measure would instead strengthen the institution of the family as a system of education.

“The drivers passing by once more had the opportunity to consider the question of abortion.”

Oct 22, 2007 - 11:15 am .- It was a relatively quiet day. We had four to five prayer warriors at the clinic praying all four mysteries of the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, and one faithful prayer warrior praying in front of the tabernacle at St. Kieran’s.

Chile: More than 70,000 young people travel to Shrine of St. Teresa of the Andes

Oct 22, 2007 - 11:14 am .- More than 70,000 young people traveled to the Shrine of St. Teresa of the Andes on October 20 in order to renew their commitment to be missionary disciples of Christ and to prepare for World Youth Day 2008.

Fleet of ships to welcome Pope to 2008 WYD in Sydney

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:56 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will arrive at World Youth Day 2008 in Australia aboard the “Sydney 2000”, the largest cruiser in the region, which will be met by seventeen other ships in the Sydney Bay as the Pope arrives for the massive youth event.

Bishop defends chastity, points out errors in middle school birth control plan

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The bishop of Portland, Maine has responded to the controversy over the Portland School Committee's decision to provide contraceptives to children as young as eleven at a public middle school's health clinic.

Filipino priest excommunicated for violating the secrecy of confession

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:47 am .- A priest in the Philippines has been officially declared excommunicated for breaking the seal of confession, GMA News reports.

Louisiana elects Catholic governor

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:47 am .- U.S. Representative Bobby Jindal has won the Louisiana gubernatorial election to become the nation's youngest governor and the first non-white to hold the governorship in Louisiana since Reconstruction. The governor-elect also is a strong Catholic who has authored pamphlets on Catholicism that have drawn the ire of some Protestants.

Abducted Iraqi Priests freed, details about release still vague

Oct 22, 2007 - 10:28 am .- Two Catholic priests kidnapped more than a week ago in Mosul have been released and are in good health, the Agence France-Presse reports.Fathers Pius Affas and Mazen Ishoa were kidnapped last Saturday after receiving threats from an unknown group.  They were reportedly held for a ransom of one million U.S. dollars, but it is unknown at present whether one was paid.  

Women's health conference aims distorted by pro-abortion ideology

Oct 22, 2007 - 08:55 am .- A coalition of women's groups and health organizations has criticized a United Nations-sponsored conference dedicated to improving maternal health for its abortion advocacy.  The coalition includes Concerned Women of America, the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute, and the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.  

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