Archive of November 7, 2007

Visitors to Beijing Olympics advised: take no more than one Bible

Nov 7, 2007 - 04:50 pm .- Last week CNA published a report from the Italian daily “La Gazzetta dello Sport” stating that Bibles will not be allowed into the Olympic Village at the upcoming Olympic Games. Since then, CNA has learned that a contradictory set of policies has been put in place regarding the possession of the Bible at the international sporting event.   Making a slight change to its total ban on religious items, the Chinese Olympic Committee has decided, "devotional objects” will be allowed in compliance with Chinese "freedom of religion" laws, but “religious objects meant to propagate a cult” will not be permitted.

Man dressed as clown disrupts Mass and destroys baptismal font

Nov 7, 2007 - 02:25 pm .- On Sunday a man dressed as a clown interrupted Mass at the Church of Corpus Christi in Granada, Spain and destroyed the parish’s baptismal font.

Chavez should “bite his tongue” and stop attacking the Church, archbishop says

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:55 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert said this week President Hugo Chavez’s attacks on the Church are due to his dislike of opinion polls that show the public does not support his proposed constitutional reforms.

European bishops’ conferences present pro-family proposal

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:49 pm .- The Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community presented a proposal this week in Brussels to strengthen marriage and the family in the European Union.  The document “Proposal for a Strategy of the European Union for the Support of Couples and Marriage” draws attention to challenges for families in Europe.

Brazil announces production of generic contraceptives

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:43 pm .- Just days after the governor of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil said abortion should be legalized in order to diminish the number of poor people in the country, Brazil’s federal government announced another measure for the same purpose: the country will produce generic contraceptive pills in order to offer them at much lower prices.

Yahoo! comes under fire for cooperating in Chinese human rights violations

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- Executives of the internet company Yahoo! faced harsh criticism in the U.S. House of Representatives for cooperating with the Chinese government's suppression of political dissent and pro-democracy activists.

Korean Catholic university opens new bioethics institute

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:25 pm .-  In what the Archbishop of Seoul called "a sign of the times," the Catholic University of Korea has opened an institute dedicated to bioethics—the study of moral issues related to technology and medicine.

Uruguay abortion legalization measure passed, heads for expected veto

Nov 7, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- The Uruguayan Senate on Tuesday approved a measure to expand access to abortion by a vote of 18-13. President Tavare Vazquez has repeatedly promised to veto the bill. If the bill is ratified, it will become the first national legislation in Latin America, outside of Cuba, to codify into law a right to abortion.

Human Life International denounces New Jersey law for pharmacists as "tyranny"

Nov 7, 2007 - 11:39 am .- The president of Human Life International has decried a New Jersey law effectively forbidding conscientious objections from pharmacists who are asked to fill prescriptions for abortion-causing contraception.

Liturgical year end reminds us that this world isn't our final home

Nov 7, 2007 - 11:11 am .- Dante Alighieri wrote "The Divine Comedy" in the early decades of the 14th century. Nearly 700 years later, this epic poem remains one of the great achievements of human literature. As art, Dante's use of language is supremely beautiful. But as a deeply Catholic work, it also offers an unforgettable portrait of the afterlife, following the author as he journeys through hell (Inferno), purgatory (Purgatorio) and finally heaven (Paradiso).

Brownback to give his seal of approval to McCain

Nov 7, 2007 - 11:02 am .- After having weighed all possibilities, Sam Brownback has decided to give his endorsement to Senator John McCain, the Associated Press reports. The backing could give McCain support amongst religious conservatives, especially in the critical state of Iowa. Republican officials say Brownback will announce his support for McCain on Wednesday in Dubuque, Iowa, and then travel with the candidate to campaign in two other cities in the state. Following the Iowa stops, the Detroit News reports that McCain and Brownback will travel back to Michigan where they will hold an afternoon press conference.

Pope expresses sorrow for Portuguese traffic accident

Nov 7, 2007 - 10:59 am .- In his address to the Portuguese pilgrims in today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sadness over a recent traffic accident in Portugal which claimed the lives of 13 people and injured 24.  

Pope: Learn from St. Jerome “to live in contact and living dialogue" with Scripture

Nov 7, 2007 - 10:39 am .- During his general audience this morning, the Holy Father spoke to the 40,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square about the necessity of living in personal dialogue with Scripture, a dialogue that “takes place in communion with the living Church.”Pope Benedict pointed the faithful to the example of St. Jerome as an inspiration to live in closer contact with the Word of God. Jerome's LifeSt. Jerome, who was born into a Christian family around the year 347, "placed the Bible at the center of his life: he translated it into Latin, commented on it in his writings and, above all, undertook to put it into concrete practice during his long earthly life."

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