Nov 19, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- The European Union has approved a resolution condemning the persecution of Christians in some parts of the world. According the SIR news agency, Mario Mauro, vice president of the European Parliament and sponsor of the measure, said, “Religious freedom is the test for other freedoms and rights, and the persecution of Christians throughout the world is one of the greatest challenges to human dignity.”
Nov 19, 2007 - 02:26 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, said this week the recent resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly calling for an international moratorium on the application of the death penalty is a “relevant step” in the defense of life, although it only has “symbolic value” since it is not “an agreement that binds countries.”The resolution, which was supported by 99 countries, with 52 voting against and 33 abstaining, “is very important, and it is gratifying that so many Catholic organizations have worked for this and thus they have the right to be pleased.”
Nov 19, 2007 - 02:11 pm .- Pro-life activists protesting a new Illinois Planned Parenthood location are facing conflicting legal advice from city officials and threats of mass arrests from the local police chief.
Nov 19, 2007 - 01:09 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI recently selected Monsignor Terence Patrick Drainey, a papal chaplain, to become Bishop of Middlesbrough. A graduate and past spiritual director of Royal English College, Valladolid, the 58 year-old Bishop-elect Drainey is currently president of the seminary at Ushaw College in Durham.
Nov 19, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- The new Health Minister of Argentina, Graciela Ocana, who was recently named to the post by President-elect Cristina de Kirchner, said she would maintain the pro-abortion stance of her predecessor.
Nov 19, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- The dwindling population of Japan will threaten the "foundation of communities," -- police, fire, and other basic services -- an impending white paper by the Japanese government will report.
Nov 19, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- Both supporters and critics have described the upcoming children's fantasy movie "The Golden Compass" as the "anti-Narnia." It is based on Philip Pullman's controversial "His Dark Materials" trilogy, a series which has been criticized for promoting atheism to children and attacking Christianity.
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:54 am .- During an audience on Saturday with participants of the 22nd international conference promoted by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry, Pope Benedict XVI called for complete respect for the life and human dignity of the infirm and the elderly, who are often marginalized as a “weight” and a “problem” by “today's mentality of efficiency."
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, reacted this weekend to statements by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, the former Apostolic Nuncio to Israel, who said he had reservations about the current negotiations between the Holy See and that country, saying the archbishop’s comments represent “his thought and this personal experience gathered during his years of service” in the Holy Land.
Nov 19, 2007 - 11:39 am .- The largest settlement yet against a Catholic religious order has been reached between the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus and several sexual abuse victims in Alaska, according to Anchorage lawyer Ken Roosa.
Nov 19, 2007 - 10:42 am .- A Russian mother has given birth to quintuplets despite opposition from doctors who wanted her to abort some of them. Varvara Artamkin and her husband Dimitri had to travel to England in order to keep all of their children. She and her husband Dimitri, a 28 year-old math professor, were told by Russian doctors that they would not treat Varvara during her pregnancy unless she aborted two or three of her babies. The doctors said the 'selective terminations,' as the abortions are called, were essential to giving the remaining babies a chance of survival.
Nov 19, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI had a special message for Africa in his meeting with the bishops of Kenya today. As the bishops completed their “ad limina” visit, the Pope exhorted them to defend “at all costs” the institutions of marriage and family life, which are under attack from the “globalized secular culture”. Praising the esteem in which Africans hold marriage and family life, the Holy Father told the Kenyan bishops that “[t]his precious treasure must be guarded at all costs.” The cause of “the ills besetting some parts of African society, such as promiscuity, polygamy and the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, can be directly related to disordered notions of marriage and family life,” Benedict noted.
Nov 19, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The Vatican announced today that Archbishop Timothy Paul Broglio has been selected to be the Archbishop of United States Military Services, taking the place of Archbishop Edwin Frederick O’Brien who was named Archbishop of Baltimore in July 2007.
Nov 19, 2007 - 09:59 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations has published the locations and times for those who wish to visit with the newly created cardinals following their elevations to their new rank this coming Saturday.