Archive of October 25, 2007

Vatican watcher reveals Italian cardinal’s Conclave speech to Pope Benedict

Oct 25, 2007 - 04:08 pm .- The Vatican insider Sandro Magister has done it again. This time, the journalist for the Italian daily L’Espresso gives his readers a glimpse into Cardinal Biffi’s forthcoming autobiography and reveals the speech the cardinal delivered at the Conclave to the future Pope Benedict XVI.On Friday, Magister’s article entitled, “Before the Last Conclave: ‘What I Told the Future Pope’” will explore the autobiography of Cardinal Giacomo Biffi which is set to hit bookstores in time for his 80th birthday (June 13). The book is called, "Memorie e digressioni di un italiano cardinale [Memories and Digressions of an Italian Cardinal]."

"Homosexual baby "ad campaign" a bit strange" says Vatican cardinal

Oct 25, 2007 - 02:29 pm .- The Vatican's Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has come out against a controversial advertising campaign whose goal is to promote the idea that homosexuality is genetic.

Abortionist ordered to release records of woman's death

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The mother of a woman who died during an abortion has secured a court order requiring an abortionist to release her daughter's medical records. 

Russian archbishop has hope for the unification of Catholics and the Orthodox

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:37 am .- Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, the leader of the Russian Catholics announced that tensions between the Vatican and the Russian Orthodox Church could be overcome if we “put Christ in the center of our relations.”

Religious leaders denounce religious violence as "blasphemous"

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:30 am .- A joint declaration from the leaders of various world religions has soundly condemned the use of violence in the service of religion, Agence France-Presse reports.

Northern Ireland passes anti-abortion motion in "victory” for unborn children

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:27 am .- The Northern Ireland Assembly has passed a motion refusing to draft guidelines on abortion that would have changed how the law against abortion is interpreted.  The proposed guidelines would have effectively legalized abortion "through the back door."

Bosnian Catholic population in severe decline

Oct 25, 2007 - 11:08 am .- Ten years after the brutal civil war in Bosnia the country's Catholic population has taken a steep dive, Vatican Radio reports. 

UNICEF creates alliance with abortion supporters “to combat infant mortality”

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:51 am .- UNICEF, the UN agency created to protect childhood, has joined forces with pro-abortion entities in order to “combat infant mortality” and improve women’s and children’s health. 

Man who murdered American nun condemned to 27 years in prison

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Rayfan das Neves Sales, who killed American Sister Dorothy Stang on February 12, 2005, in the Brazilian region of Anapu, has been condemned to 27 years in prison.

Catholics in Costa Rica concerned about cable company dropping EWTN in Spanish

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:47 am .- Several Catholic organizations in Costa Rica have expressed concern about EWTN’s Spanish-language channel possibly being dropped by Cable Tica.

President Bush poised to appoint Mary Ann Glendon as U.S. ambassador to Vatican

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:44 am .- It looks as though the well-known lawyer and pro-life feminist Mary Ann Glendon may become the newest U.S. ambassador to the Vatican.According to reports by ANSA in Italian, sources inside the Bush administration are saying that it is very likely that “President George W. Bush would appoint Mary Ann Glendon as the new US Ambassador to the Holy See."Glendon is someone who is well prepared to serve in this post since she has worked with the Vatican frequently in the past....

Venezuelan cardinal rebuffs attempts to silence legitimate criticism

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, said this week that as a Venezuelan, he has the right to state his opinions about the country and that therefore he has no intention of taking off his religious symbols.  His comments came in response to the Minister of Communication and Culture, William Lara, who said the cardinal should take off his cross and priestly garb before stating an opinion about the constitutional reform.

New attempt to put abortion up for vote thwarted in Uruguay

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:26 am .- A new attempt by lawmakers in Uruguay to put abortion up for vote in the Senate was thwarted this week when one Senator revealed the plan on a local television program.

Presentation of “Processus Contra Templarios”

Oct 25, 2007 - 10:20 am .- This morning in the Vatican's Old Synod Hall, the book "Processus Contra Templarios," was presented by the Vatican Secret Archives.

Holy See cements relations with Bosnia & Herzegovina, Pope Benedict invited to visit

Oct 25, 2007 - 08:50 am .- Relations between the fledgling Eastern European countries Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Holy See took a big step forward today as Pope Benedict received the country’s president in an audience, solidified a diplomatic agreement with their government, and was invited to visit by the president Zeljko Komsic to visit the region.The Pope highlighted that Catholic Church has helped bring stability to the war-torn region by working to reconcile the different ethnic and religious groups in the area.

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