Archive of October 26, 2007

Do not become attracted by a permissive consumer society, Pope Benedict warns people of Gabon

Oct 26, 2007 - 02:31 pm .- Today the Holy Father received the bishops from the central African country of Gabon as they completed their "ad limina" visit. The Pope told the African bishops that they must be careful that their faithful do not “let themselves be attracted by the consumerist permissive society, paying less attention to the poorest people of their country.”

Three Church of Ireland parishes seek to become Catholic, move could bring in 400,000 Anglicans

Oct 26, 2007 - 02:30 pm .- Three Church of Ireland parishes have asked to be received into full communion with the Catholic Church, The Irish Catholic newspaper reports this week.  The decision would pave the way for over 400,000 Anglicans to become Catholic.   The parishes, located in the counties Down, Tyrone and Laois, are members of the traditional rite of the Church of Ireland.  The rite emerged in 1991 after the House of Bishops of the Church of Ireland decided to start ordaining women.  Traditionalist Anglicans rejected this decision as a "defiance of both Scripture and Tradition."

Leading presidential candidate in Argentina will neither support nor prevent legalization of abortion

Oct 26, 2007 - 02:14 pm .- Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, who leads the polls in the Argentinean presidential campaign, said this week she is against abortion but would not commit to stopping it from becoming legal.

Musicians fulfill dying wish of Cuban composer by finishing his CD

Oct 26, 2007 - 11:34 am .- A group of Hispanic Catholic musicians will hold on concert on October 26 in Miami to launch a new CD by Cuban composer Jorge Enrique del Rivero, who died before he could finish the recording.

Muslim group attends Catholic Mass in Malaysian "breakthrough"

Oct 26, 2007 - 11:24 am .- A Muslim group's recent visit to a Catholic Church in Malaysia is being called a breakthrough in grassroots interreligious dialogue.

Feminists don’t speak for women, says Dominican cardinal in blistering reply

Oct 26, 2007 - 11:14 am .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo, responded to criticism by radical feminists this week who accused him of pressuring the country’s legislature not to legalize abortion, saying these groups do not represent the interests of women.

Vocations DVD wins Hollywood award

Oct 26, 2007 - 11:14 am .- Fishers of Men, a DVD created to inspire vocations to the priesthood, has been awarded the Gabriel Award for its quality depiction of the priestly life

Pope says: Pray for a "New Pentecost" at Sydney's World Youth Day

Oct 26, 2007 - 10:48 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's call for a New Pentecost at World Youth Day was featured in remarks made by Bishop Julian Porteous, auxiliary bishop of Sydney, The Catholic Weekly reports.

Chavez is Caribbean version of French “I am the State,” warns Venezuelan archbishop

Oct 26, 2007 - 10:41 am .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert,  has called on the leader of the National Assembly, Cilia Flores, to clarify what the definition of the State and the government is according to Chavez's proposed constitutional reform.

Cardinal Tauran: No need to create “United Nations” of religions

Oct 26, 2007 - 10:39 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, said during an interview with Vatican Radio that the proposed creation of a “United Nations of religions” to promote dialogue for peace makes no sense.

Catholic Charities USA applauds House passage of modified children's health bill

Oct 26, 2007 - 10:28 am .- "Catholic Charities USA applauds Congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle who came together to craft compromise legislation to reauthorize SCHIP," said Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA. The legislation-which modifies a bill vetoed by the President earlier this month-would still provide quality and affordable health care to nearly 10 million of the neediest children in our nation.

Construction company 'digs in their heels' to build the largest Planned Parenthood abortion facility

Oct 26, 2007 - 10:11 am .- On October 24, pro-life activists met with the heads of the Weitz Company to discuss the new Planned Parenthood abortion facility that the company is contracted to build in Denver, Colorado.

Brownback talks to Giuliani, Catholics for Brownback “outraged”

Oct 26, 2007 - 09:00 am .- Senator Sam Brownback, the Kansas Republican who sought the Republican presidential nomination on a socially conservative platform, is considering supporting former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani's candidacy.  He met with the former mayor on Thursday to discuss his position on abortion.“I’m going to meet with him and I’m going to talk to him and hear what he is specifically saying now because he’s changed on a number of the abortion issues,” Brownback said in an interview with The Hill. “He’s changed on partial-birth [abortion] and he … has said he would appoint strict constructionists” to the Supreme Court.

Our time needs a new evangelization and the witness of new saints, urges Pope Benedict

Oct 26, 2007 - 08:51 am .- The academic year began yesterday with Pope Benedict celebrating a Mass for the dozen or so Roman Pontifical Universities. The pontiff’s message to the students gathered for the liturgy was that our post-modern age needs a new evangelization and masters of the faith. He called on them to use their time in Rome to prepare for that mission.Benedict XVI told the students that in our time it is more pressing than ever to consider the "new problems" of our modern age in the light of Christian revelation and to present truth "in a manner adapted to various cultures.” To accomplish this, the Pope said, “the need is felt for a new evangelization, and which needs masters of faith and appropriately-trained heralds and witnesses of the Gospel."

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