Archive of November 9, 2007

Italian journalist disputes claim of miscommunication on Bible ban

Nov 9, 2007 - 08:09 pm .- Over the last several days there has been quite an uproar surrounding the report of a ban on Bibles at the Beijing Olympics. In a new development, Mr. Francesco Liello, the journalist who originally reported that a ban was in place, has told CNA that a miscommunication about a Bible ban was not possible given the dossier he received.The Beijing Olympic Planning Committee claims that the whole issue is the result of a miscommunication between Mr. Liello and a member of the organizing committee. Mr. Liello disputes that claim, saying that Bibles were banned, albeit only for one day.

Priest arrested, removed from ministry for stalking Conan O'Brien

Nov 9, 2007 - 02:06 pm .- A priest from the Archdiocese of Boston arrested for allegedly stalking NBC late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien has been placed on leave, the Boston Globe reports.Father David Ajemian, a 46 year-old priest from Stoneham, Massachusetts, was arrested in New York City last week on charges of stalking Conan O'Brien.

Colorado bishops speak out against new Planned Parenthood headquarters

Nov 9, 2007 - 01:00 pm .- Yesterday, the Catholic bishops of Colorado released a statement regarding Planned Parenthood’s constructions plans for a new headquarters and clinic in Denver.The bishops write, “In early November, Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) broke ground on a new headquarters and clinic in northeast Denver.” They “purchased this property secretly under the guise of Fuller 38 LLC.”

Holy See to the UN: Refugees must be protected as they flee

Nov 9, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- Yesterday afternoon the Holy See’s representative to the UN, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, spoke to the General Assembly about his concern for the dangers that refugees face when they have to flee their homes.

Mexico: churches taking in refugees from flood in Tabasco

Nov 9, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- Father Mario Jimenez of Caritas Tabasco and the Bishops’ Committee on Social Ministry said this week the churches that are not under water in the region have been converted into shelters for the thousands of people affected by the floods that have devastated the Mexican state of Tabasco.

Priest admonishes Jesuit who announced his homosexuality: "the Mass is not your personal stage"

Nov 9, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- Father Thomas J. Euteneur, president of Human Life International(HLI) has written an open letter to a Jesuit priest chastising the cleric for using a homily at a student Mass to declare that he was homosexual.

Legalization of abortion in Uruguay indication of region-wide strategy

Nov 9, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- The president of the NGO Pro-Vida, Roberto Castellano, warned that what happened this week in Uruguay, where the Senate legalized abortion, confirms the existence of a strategy to establish an organized agenda against human life in Latin America.

Spanish bishop says Pope’s new book antidote to “Da Vinci Code”

Nov 9, 2007 - 11:52 am .- During the presentation of Pope Benedict XVI’s book “Jesus of Nazareth,” the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao, said the book strengthens the faith and clears up the doubts of those who felt shaken by recent publications such as “The Da Vinci Code” and “The Gospel of Judas.”

Women to go ahead with “ordination” ceremony despite warnings

Nov 9, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The Archdiocese of Saint Louis has warned two Saint Louis women they will excommunicate themselves if they undergo a planned “ordination ceremony” scheduled for this Sunday.

Holy See delegation to UN endorses two-state solution to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Nov 9, 2007 - 11:35 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio heading the Holy See's Permanent Observer mission to the United Nations, endorsed a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in a Thursday address to the UN refugee agency.

Tony Blair believed to convert to Catholicism this month

Nov 9, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will soon be received into the Catholic Church, The Telegraph reports.The prominent Catholic newspaper The Tablet reported that his formal conversion will take place at a Mass in the private chapel of Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the Archbishop of London.  The Tablet predicted Blair would convert this month.

Archbishop's joy at Glasgow success

Nov 9, 2007 - 10:39 am .- Archbishop Mario Conti, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland, has expressed his delight at the news that the city has been chosen to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Benedict XVI proclaims: Christians, especially the youth, must go against the tide

Nov 9, 2007 - 09:00 am .- “Today as in the past, people who wish to be Christ's disciples are called to go against the tide,” said Pope Benedict to a group of Catholic university students today. He also told the young scholars-in-training “not to fear choosing 'alternative' paths” that go against modern culture.Benedict XVI’s remarks came as he spoke to a delegation from the Italian Catholic University Federation (FUCI) on the occasion their 110th anniversary.

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