Archive of November 20, 2007

Convent once used as a place of torture by Communists re-opened in Albania

Nov 20, 2007 - 02:53 pm .- In the Albanian town of Scutari, eight Poor Clare sisters have opened the doors of their convent, which was once used as a prison during the Communist regime where many died defending their faith.

Brazilian society rejects feminist proposal to legalize abortion

Nov 20, 2007 - 01:48 pm .- Brazilian society, represented by its delegates, rejected a government-supported proposal during the 13th National Conference of Health to legalize abortion in the country.

Cardinal Saraiva calls new blessed Antonio Rosmini “giant of the culture”

Nov 20, 2007 - 11:47 am .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, said the example of the new Blessed Antonio Rosmini, who he called a “giant of the culture,” would help “to recover the friendship between faith and reason, between religion and ethical behavior at the public service of Christians.”

Iraqi Christians unable to return due to violence

Nov 20, 2007 - 11:41 am .- Father Zacaria Sulaqa of Basora said this week the Christian community in his region “has almost disappeared.  Of the nearly 10,000 Christian families once there, only some 500 remain.”

Pope Benedict XVI mourns Ukrainian miners

Nov 20, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The Holy Father offered his sincere condolences in a telegram throughCardinal Secretary of State, Tarcisio Bertone to the president ofUkraine, Viktor Yushchenko regarding the recent explosion in thecountry’s Zasyadko mine.

Archdiocese of Mexico City condemns “brutal profanation”of Cathedral, closes church

Nov 20, 2007 - 11:12 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has condemned the “brutal profanation” during Mass at the Cathedral last Sunday carried out by over two hundred sympathizers of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) and its leader, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Cardinal-designate from Texas will focus on education and immigration

Nov 20, 2007 - 10:30 am .- This Saturday, Benedict XVI will appoint Archbishop Daniel N. DiNardo as the United States’ first Catholic cardinal from the South, in St. Peter’s Square.  With his appointment, DiNardo plans to continue serving the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, while focusing on Catholic education in the US.

Creator of “Dolly the sheep” discards cloning in favor of embryo-free technique

Nov 20, 2007 - 10:17 am .- "Therapeutic cloning" techniques may soon become a thing of the pastafter their foremost inventor has decided an alternative method ofdeveloping embryonic stem cells is more promising.Edinburgh University's Professor Ian Wilmut may not be a householdname, but his 1997 cloning breakthrough, in which he and his researchteam revealed Dolly the cloned sheep to the world, is common knowledge.Despite his renown, the method for making Dolly has become controversial because scientists have tried to use it to clone human embryos.

Church sends emergency aid to cyclone relief efforts

Nov 20, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The worst cyclone to hit Bangladesh in a decade has united Catholic and Protestant aid organizations as they endeavor to aid the storm's victims. Caritas Bangladesh and World Vision Bangladesh are packaging food parcels and blankets for people displaced by Cyclone Sidr, which struck on Thursday with wind speeds topping 100 miles per hour.

Bishop of Juneau appointed to the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Nov 20, 2007 - 09:59 am .- Today the Holy Father appointed Bishop Michael W. Warfel as the bishop of Great Falls-Billings in Montana.

Amnesty International's newfound abortion advocacy continues to be disputed

Nov 20, 2007 - 09:39 am .- Fallout continues over the human rights advocacy group Amnesty International's decision to press for the legalization of abortion and to support access to abortion for women who have been raped, The Guardian reports.

British cardinal decries homosexual parenthood bill as ‘profoundly wrong’

Nov 20, 2007 - 09:39 am .- The archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has expressed strong opposition to a new bill making it easier for lesbian couples to undergo fertility treatment. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, soon to be debated in the House of Lords, recognizes same-sex couples as legal parents and removes the requirement that IVF clinics consider the "need for a father" when evaluating an unborn child's welfare.

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