Archive of November 13, 2007

Delinquents assault convents and threaten religions in India

Nov 13, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- Two convents were attacked and assaulted at the beginning of November in the northeastern Indian state of Bihar, in the latest round of violence against religious sisters and which often goes unpunished by police.

Leading Chilean newspaper slams decision to force pharmacies to sell abortion pill

Nov 13, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The Chilean daily “El Mercurio” has published a stinging editorial criticizing the government of Michelle Bachellet for forcing pharmacies to sell the morning after pill.

Eritrea expels fourteen missionaries

Nov 13, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- "We knew for months that missionaries were at risk because of the expired residency permits.  It is very difficult to work in Eritrea. Everything is under the control of the government,” explained an official from an Italian NGO who has been working in the country since 1972 and asked to remain anonymous because of the tense situation in the country, where fourteen missionaries have been expelled.

Colombian bishop hopeful for success of talks between Chavez and rebels

Nov 13, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, said this week he is hopeful talks initiated by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with the Colombian rebel group know as the FARC, will lead to the release of the hostages being held by the group, saying that despite Chavez’s ulterior motives, the interests of Colombians is what matters and not “who gets the credit.”

U.S. Bishops elect Cardinal Francis George as president as expected

Nov 13, 2007 - 11:58 am .- This morning in Baltimore, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) elected Cardinal Francis George as their new president as was anticipated. Cardinal George gained the presidency handily winning 85% of the vote in the first round of voting. Commenting immediately after Cardinal George’s selection the outgoing president Bishop William Skylstad said, “I think that our applause speaks louder than any words could, congratulations, profound congratulations.”  

Celebrations organized for the 150th anniversary of Lourdes apparitions

Nov 13, 2007 - 11:21 am .- A press conference took place in the Holy See Press Office this morning to discuss the program of celebrations organized to mark the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of the Viring Mary to Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France. Bishop Jacques Perrier of Tarbes and Lourdes indicated that for the 150th anniversary a Jubilee Year will be held, due to run from December 8, 2007, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, to December 8, 2008, and "to take place within the context of the new evangelization."

Beijing Olympics recommendation against visitors bringing multiple Bibles now missing from official website

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:48 am .- A web page recommending that visitors for the Beijing 2008 Olympics bring into China no more than one Bible has now been removed from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games' official website.  Viewers following a link provided in earlier CNA reports now see the main site for the Olympics rather than the page titled "Entry and Exit: Entry," which used to be located at that web address.

Archbishop Burke places interdict upon women who underwent "ordination" ceremony

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:36 am .- Two women who took part in a ritual they claimed was an ordination ceremony have been placed under interdict, the Associated Press reports.

Priest who allegedly stalked Conan O'Brien hospitalized

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:35 am .- The Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Boston who was accused of stalking late-night talk show host Conan O'Brien was hospitalized after missing for a brief time, the Associated Press reports.

National pro-life group to endorse Fred Thompson for president

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:33 am .- On Tuesday the National Right to Life Committee will endorse former Tennessee senator Fred Thompson for President, the Associated Press reports.

U.S. Bishops consider preparations for next World Youth Day

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:29 am .- Preparations for the World Youth Day 2008 gathering in Sydney were discussed Monday at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Baltimore.

Pope’s visit to the America’s capital is meant to be visit to whole U.S. Church

Nov 13, 2007 - 10:00 am .- On Monday at the U.S. Bishops’ Conference, details of the Pope’s spring visit to the U.S. were announced and to the surprise of many, only two major cities made the itinerary—New York and Washington D.C.

Sexual abuse of public school students more widespread than parents think

Nov 13, 2007 - 08:14 am .- A California investigator says there's an epidemic of sexual crimes against students in the state’s public schools, a problem largely overlooked by those responsible for protecting children.

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