Archive of November 2, 2007

Bishops defend right of pharmacists to conscientious objection

Nov 2, 2007 - 02:23 pm .- The president and general secretary of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference came to the defense of the “legitimate right” of pharmacists to exercise conscientious objection and not sell the so-called “morning after pill,” this week.

The Bible among objects prohibited at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Nov 2, 2007 - 02:18 pm .- Organizers of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing have published a list of “prohibited objects” in the Olympic village where athletes will stay.  To the surprise of many, Bibles are among the objects that will not be allowed.

Analyst anticipates Brazilian government will push to legalize abortion against will of majority

Nov 2, 2007 - 01:15 pm .- A renowned analyst in Brazil anticipates that the country’s government will not stop its campaign to legalize abortion, despite recent polls that show a majority of Brazilians oppose the practice.

Middle school cancels “gender-switch” day after parents object

Nov 2, 2007 - 11:10 am .- A Bay Area Middle School has canceled a scheduled cross-dressing or “gender-switch” day after parents complained, according to an Oct. 30 Pacific Justice Institute news release. The Sacramento-based institute is a legal organization that defends parental rights, religious freedom, and other civil liberties.

Bishops reveal secrets behind increase in priestly vocations

Nov 2, 2007 - 11:08 am .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona and Bishop Josep Angel Saiz Meneses of Terrassa told the Spanish daily La Razon some of the reasons behind the explosive growth in the number of young aspirants to the priesthood who have entered their respective seminaries.

New book on Padre Pio not an attack, says Catholic journalist

Nov 2, 2007 - 10:57 am .- Italian journalist and writer Vittorio Messori warned this week a new book by historian Sergio Luzzatto, “ “Padre Pio. Miracoli e politica nell’ Italia del 900” (Padre Pio. Miracles and Politics in the Italy of the 1900s), is in no sense an attack on the memory of the saint but has instead been sensationalized by the media.

Meeting between Pope, Dalai Lama "offensive" to China

Nov 2, 2007 - 10:55 am .- A planned Vatican meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Dalai Lama would be an "offense" to the Chinese people, a government spokesman said Thursday in Beijing.The Pope will reportedly meet with the head of Tibetan Buddhism on December 13 according to reports by ANSA, though officials at the Holy See have not yet officially confirmed the meeting.  

Pro-Life Wisconsin marks the end of 40 Days for Life vigils

Nov 2, 2007 - 10:42 am .- Sunday, November 4 is the last day of the 40 Days for Life vigils. Many vigil locations are marking this with a prayer service or thanksgiving dinner. In addition to these closing celebrations, dedicated pro-lifers will be holding a 24-hour vigil, from midnight Saturday until midnight Sunday, at the Planned Parenthood in Beaver Dam and at hundreds of sites nationwide.

Monk accused of taking annulment bribes

Nov 2, 2007 - 10:42 am .- An Italian monk has been exposed for taking bribes in annulment cases in the Italian city of Fermo. 

Bella begins with a bang

Nov 2, 2007 - 10:06 am .- After a successful opening weekend, Bella promoters are hoping the film will continue to draw in viewers in subsequent weeks. Matt Brannon of Metanoia Films told CNA that despite a very limited release of Bella, the film grossed an amazing $1.3 million and finished in the top 20 films of the weekend even though it played on the fewest amount of screens of all its competitors. 

Catholic high school principal accused of Halloween Night indecency

Nov 2, 2007 - 09:47 am .- The principal of a Catholic High School in Bardstown, Kentucky was cited by Louisville police on Halloween Eve for loitering with the purpose of prostitution, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Pope Benedict offers prayers for past popes

Nov 2, 2007 - 09:16 am .- On the occasion of the Feast of the Faithful Departed or the Feat of All Souls, Pope Benedict XVI will personally devote part of today to praying for his deceased predecessors at the Vatican. This afternoon the Holy Father will visit the crypt located beneath St. Peter's Basilica, where many of the tombs of the previous popes are located. The tomb of Pope John Paul II, which receives between 7,000 and 20,000 visits a day, is also located in the crypt.

A new tractor for Vatican City

Nov 2, 2007 - 09:15 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received a new tractor on Wednesday, a gift courtesy of the Italian automotive industry giant Fiat.

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