Archive of November 6, 2007

Presidential candidate Fred Thompson speaks against both Roe v. Wade and criminalizing abortion

Nov 6, 2007 - 08:18 pm .- Former Tennessee Senator Fred Thompson, a Republican candidate for the presidential nomination, said on Sunday he does not fully support the pro-life plank of the Republican Party.In an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press," Senator Thompson told the show's host Tim Russert that he favors overturning the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that compelled legalized abortion nationally.  However, the senator said he himself does not favor criminalizing abortion at the state level.

Holy See hopeful 2008 Olympics will promote unity among countries

Nov 6, 2007 - 04:30 pm .- The Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the UN, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, said this week the upcoming Olympic games in Beijing are an important opportunity to promote dialogue and diplomacy to help overcome difficulties between countries.

40 Days for Life North Dakota continues beyond 40 days

Nov 6, 2007 - 04:00 pm .- The 40 days may have ended Nov. 4, but the 40 Days for Life North Dakota prayer vigil outside North Dakota’s only abortion facility is continuing.

Call for solidarity with victims of flooding in Mexico

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The Mexican bishops’ Committee on Social Ministry and the Caritas National Federation of Mexico have called for solidarity in Mexico and abroad for the nearly one million people affected by flooding in the state of Tabasco, especially in the city of Villahermosa.

World Youth Day Cross and Icon visit Aborigines

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:34 pm .- Two major symbols of World Youth Day, the World Youth Day Cross and and the Sacred Icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary, have continued to travel across Australia in preparation for the worldwide gathering of youth in Sydney next year.

U.S. Bishops to finalize document giving guidance to Catholic voters

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is preparing to vote on guidelines for Catholic political participation, the Associated Press reports.  

Lawyers say threats resume against safety of Mexican cardinal

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers in Mexico, Armando Martinez, warned this week that the archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is again facing threats to his personal safety as the same protesters who sought to harm him last October are taking advantage of a decrease in the number of security guards that are protecting the Cathedral.

Church in Uruguay criticizes effort by Senate to legalize abortion

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- Archbishop Nicolas Cotugno of Montevideo expressed regret this week at the new efforts by anti-life groups in Uruguay to legalize abortion.

Diocese of Pittsburgh votes to separate from Episcopal Church

Nov 6, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- Following a widening theological rift with the national Episcopal Church, Episcopalian clergy and laity in Pittsburgh have voted 227 to 82 to "realign" their diocese with a more traditional province in the Anglican Communion.

Ethical stem cell treatments advance in California

Nov 6, 2007 - 11:50 am .- Two bills regarding the use of umbilical cord blood for medical treatment and research purposes were recently signed into law in California.  The companion bills, supported by the California Catholic Conference, would fund the research and collection of blood from umbilical cords that are often discarded after birth.AB-34 was introduced by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino in honor of his young neighbor who was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago.  After an experimental transplant of umbilical cord blood, all traces of her leukemia disappeared.

Prominent Jesuit priest faces new sex abuse charges

Nov 6, 2007 - 11:25 am .- The Reverend Donald MacGuire, SJ, was taken into federal custody in Chicago on charges of molesting two U.S. boys, including one on a trip overseas.

Pope and Saudi king deal with issues “close to the heart”

Nov 6, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI welcomed King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia to the Vatican today, marking the first time that a Saudi king has officially held talks with the Pope. During their encounter, the two leaders discussed religious freedom, inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue and the need to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The Holy Father received King Abdullah warmly, grasping both his hands and leading him into his library where they spoke in Italian and Arabic for 30 minutes. The meeting was arranged for at the request of the king who is on a tour of Europe.

A new campus for the “New Evangelization”

Nov 6, 2007 - 07:57 am .- After 18 years without a Catholic presence at Loretto Heights Campus in Denver, Colorado, the Augustine Institute has succeeded in bringing Christ to the campus in the form of a Catholic graduate school in response to JPII’s call for a New Evangelization.

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