Archive of November 12, 2007

Drug companies want to produce RU-486 in Italy and downplay pill’s dangers

Nov 12, 2007 - 03:26 pm .- In response to the request by some Italian drug companies for permission to manufacture the abortion pill RU-486, the Association Scienza & Vita warned that the “introduction of the abortion pill RU-486 into Italy represents the last stage of the process of the banalization of abortion, which has been occurring for some time in Italian culture.”

Actors sought for Way of the Cross at WYD 2008 in Sydney

Nov 12, 2007 - 01:51 pm .- WYD officials will be casting actors December 1-3 to participate in the traditional Way of the Cross during the upcoming World Youth Day in Sydney in 2008. 

Vatican II not open to free interpretations, says Vatican official

Nov 12, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrant and Itinerant Ministries, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, said Vatican Council II is a “synthesis between tradition and renewal” and is not open to free interpretations, such as the ones proposed by the Bologna School initiated by Giuseppe Alberigo.

Christians in North Korea suffer intense persecution, says missionary priest

Nov 12, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- “The Christians of North Korea are enduring a strong persecution,” said Father Vito del Prete, general secretary of the Pontifical Missionary Union.  He explained that “those who can, flee to China” and that “the entire population suffers from hunger, poor sanitation and is subject to the oppression of a totalitarian regime which denies fundamental human rights.”

Church in Peru joins in celebration of beatification of Argentinean Indian

Nov 12, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- The Church in Peru celebrated the beatification Sunday of Ceferino Namuncura with a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima at the Salesian Basilica of Mary Help of Christians.

“Evangelization depends on an encounter with Christ,” says Pope

Nov 12, 2007 - 11:48 am .- In the Holy Father’s address to the prelates from the Portuguese Episcopal Conference who have just completed their "ad limina" visit, the Pope invited them to turn to God in thanksgiving "for the great mercy He showed towards the pilgrim Church in Portugal during the Holy Year, and over subsequent years which were impregnated with that same jubilee spirit."

U.S. Bishops endorse diplomacy as only solution to Iran nuclear quest

Nov 12, 2007 - 11:44 am .- While labeling as unacceptable allowing Iran to develop nuclear weapons in the absence of an immediate threat, the United States Catholic Bishops have recommended a diplomatic solution to United States-Iranian confrontation.

Indonesia: Advancing democracy and social harmony

Nov 12, 2007 - 10:36 am .- Upon receiving the new ambassador of Indonesia to the Holy See, Suprapto Martosemoto, the Holy Father praised Indonesia for its “commitment to pursue policies aimed at advancing the noble goals of democracy and social harmony enshrined in the Constitution."   Addressing the diplomat in English, the Pope began his talk by praising Indonesia for its “determination, which calls for sacrifice ... and the cooperation of all political and social groups, is indispensable for overcoming the forces of polarization and conflict, carrying forward the renewal of economic life and consolidating a just democratic order in full respect for the rights of every individual and community.”

Scottish cardinal reflects on visit to China

Nov 12, 2007 - 10:26 am .- Cardinal Keith Michael Patrick O'Brien, archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh, recently reflected on his trip to China in two essays.

Priest removed for "bringing scandal to the Church" in irregular funeral Mass

Nov 12, 2007 - 10:23 am .- A Baltimore pastor has been removed from ministry for celebrating a funeral Mass with an Episcopal minister, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Sister Helen Prejean endorses New Jersey's death penalty abolition efforts

Nov 12, 2007 - 10:19 am .- New Jersey legislators are considering abolishing the state's death penalty within the next two months, the Associated Press reports.

Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to U.S. will include New York and D.C.

Nov 12, 2007 - 09:37 am .- Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., has announced that Pope Benedict will be making his first visit to the United States April 15-20. The plans for the five day voyage will include an address at the United Nations in New York and a stop in Washington D.C.  The Pope’s itinerary will begin with an April 16 meeting with President George W. Bush at the White House, followed by a gathering with the U.S. bishops at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  

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