Archive of November 8, 2007

New book explores Mother Teresa's "crucible of faith, hope, and love"

Nov 8, 2007 - 03:29 pm .- A new book from Our Sunday Visitor Press explores the life of Mother Teresa while examining the reports about her spiritual struggles recently released to the public.

Look to the Church Fathers to shed light on modern problems, writes the Pope

Nov 8, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- The Holy Father marked the 16th centenary of the death of St. John Chrysostom today with a letter in which he pointed to the saint's "shining figure," and  proposed his example "for the joint edification" of the universal Church.  The letter was read this morning at the opening of an international congress entitled, "St. John Chrysostom 1600 years after his Death," being held at Rome's "Augustinianum" patristic institute from November 8 to 10.

Priests and religions in Israel continue facing obstacles to obtain visas

Nov 8, 2007 - 02:43 pm .- Despite promises from the government, priests and religious who serve or should serve in Israel continue to face many obstacles in obtaining visas that allow them to remain legally in the country. 

Pat Robertson's endorsement of Giuliani stuns social conservatives

Nov 8, 2007 - 02:20 pm .- Pat Robertson, televangelist and founder of the Christian Coalition, on Wednesday endorsed the socially liberal Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani.

Vatican and Mozambique discuss Church and society

Nov 8, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- The Holy Father Benedict XVI received Armando Guebuza, the president of the Republic of Mozambique, in an audience at the Vatican today.

New president of French bishops: Law on bioethics must respect human dignity

Nov 8, 2007 - 12:51 pm .- Commenting on the country’s law on bioethics, the newly elected president of the Bishops’ Conference of France, Archbishop Andre Vingt-Trois, said this week that it  should uphold “respect for human dignity” without exception.

International Olympic Committee confirms personal Bibles will be allowed

Nov 8, 2007 - 12:49 pm .- Both the International Olympic Committee and the Beijing Organizing Committee have verified that the Bible and other religious materials will be permitted in the Olympic Village for personal use during the 2008 Olympic Games. However, the Beijing Tourism Administration’s limit on the number of Bibles remains in place.An email from the US Olympic Committee states:“We have received confirmation from both the International Olympic Committee and the Beijing Organizing Committee that Bible and other religious materials will be permitted in the Athletes Village for personal use.”

Uruguayan bishops react to legalization of abortion

Nov 8, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- Bishop Pablo Galimberti denounced the legalization of abortion by the Uruguayan Senate, saying it violates “the first human right.”  Meanwhile the Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay opened an emergency meeting on Wednesday to draft an official response.

"Milagros,” movie on mother who prays to John Paul II wins film festival

Nov 8, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The short film “Milagros,” produced by Spanish director Juan Garcia del Santo, won the top prize at the international religious film festival, “Religion Today,” held in Rome.  Among the members of the jury that selected the winners were Cristoph Zannussi and Enzo Sisti, producers of Gangs of New York and The Passion of the Christ.

"Prosperity gospel" preachers under investigation by the Senate

Nov 8, 2007 - 11:29 am .- A top Republican on the U.S. Senate Finance Committee is investigating the finances of televangelist preachers after allegations of corruption, the Associated Press reports.

Vatican bioethics conference to examine the human embryo

Nov 8, 2007 - 11:19 am .- The Vatican is organizing a bioethics conference on the origin and development of the human embryo. The conference will take place November 15-17.  It is part of a program called "Science, Theology and the Ontological Quest."

Pontifical academies: A culture worthy of human life

Nov 8, 2007 - 11:18 am .- Today, the pontifical academies held their twelfth public session under Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of their coordinating council. For the occasion, Benedict XVI sent a message to the archbishop, stating that the session will give an opportunity for the academies to “harmonize their various initiatives, all of which have a precise objective: promoting, both in the Church and the world, a culture worthy of human life, fecundated by faith, capable of proposing the beauty of Christian life and of providing an adequate response to the ever more numerous challenges of today's cultural and religious context."

More than half of Christians have fled Iraq since 2003

Nov 8, 2007 - 10:35 am .- The Latin Rite Archbishop of Baghdad, Jean Benjamin Seleiman, said this week that of 700,000 Christians who were living in Iraq up until 2003, more than half have been forced by the violence to leave the country and take refuge in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.The archbishop also explained that Christians live amidst fear but that they are encouraged by ecumenical solidarity.  He also warned that in regions like Bassora and Mosul, the faithful live with “daily terror.”

Spanish archbishop addresses protection of juveniles and immigrants

Nov 8, 2007 - 10:32 am .- At the 28th Conference of European Ministers of Justice, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro called for the rights of juveniles and immigrants to be protected and discrimination against them to be “eliminated.”  The apostolic nuncio to Spain participated in the conference as the Holy See delegate.  

Congressman attacks Olympics Bible restrictions, admonishes President Bush

Nov 8, 2007 - 10:25 am .- Congressman Thaddeus McCotter(R-MI), Chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, denounced a reported Chinese ban on Bibles during the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.  He introduced a Congressional Resolution condemning such government restrictions on Christianity and all religions."As the world stumbles toward the communist propaganda extravaganza labeled the Beijing Olympics, somewhere Chairman Mao is looking up at us and laughing," he said.

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