Archive of November 23, 2007

Pope considers receiving Episcopalians and Anglicans into Church

Nov 23, 2007 - 12:18 pm .- Today the Pope discussed how to deal with the requests of increasing numbers of Episcopalians and Anglicans who want to join the Roman Catholic Church.

The Rite of Consistory for the creation of new cardinals

Nov 23, 2007 - 11:51 am .- The Holy See announced the fundamental aspects of the Ordinary Public Consistory which will be held this Saturday morning in St. Peter’s Square for the creation of 23 new cardinals.

Holy See to present Benedict XVI’s new encyclical next Friday

Nov 23, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Today the Press Office of the Holy See announced that “Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope), the new encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, will be presented on Friday, November 30th.   The presentation of the document, the second of his pontificate after “Deus Caritas Est”, will be overseen by Cardinal Georges Marie Martin Cottier O.P., pro-theologian emeritus of the Pontifical Household, and by Cardinal Albert Vanhoye S.J., professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis at the Pontifical Biblical Institute.

Bishop of Arabia responds to Muslim scholars' letter

Nov 23, 2007 - 11:08 am .- The Catholic Bishop of Arabia has published an article examining the call to dialogue made by 138 Muslim scholars in an open letter to Christian leaders worldwide.

Marriage reform proposed to lower divorce rate by half

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:59 am .- A reform of marriage laws and better marital counseling programs have been proposed as ways to lower the divorce rate and improve the quality of marriages.

United Nations admits to having exaggerated statistics about AIDS in the world

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:45 am .- After using exaggerated statistics not in accord with reality, the United Nations Program for the fight against AIDS (UNAIDS) has finally admitted to having distorting and inflating data.   According to a report on, this strategy was seen to “benefit the massive AIDS industry's constant demands for large funds.  Last Tuesday, UNAIDS presented its annual report, in which it “admitted the world body has sharply reduced its estimates of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic because of strong evidence from AIDS scientists that the agency's methods for measuring and predicting the course of the epidemic were flawed.”

Pontifical University of Rome to present new edition of encyclical against modernism

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:40 am .- On November 27, the Angelicum Pontifical University of Rome will present a new edition of the encyclical against modernism by Pope St. Pius X, “Pascendi Dominici Gregis,” during an event promoted by the International Society of Thomas Aquinas.

Vatican expert praises discovery of new stem cell technique not involving embryos

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:33 am .- The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco, described as “very positive and important” the discovery of a new technique for obtaining stem cells that does not involve the destruction of a human embryo.

As vote on constitutional reform looms, seminarians in Venezuela express fidelity to bishops

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:17 am .- As a December 2 referendum on constitutional reform that the bishops of Venezuela have called “morally unacceptable” draws near, seminarians have sent a letter to the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference expressing their fidelity “in this decisive moment in the history of the country.”

Chinese bishop to be ordained with papal approval

Nov 23, 2007 - 10:14 am .- A priest will soon be ordained to the episcopacy in China's state-recognized church with the approval of the Pope.

Resistance to Latin Mass liberalization is disobedient and proud, says bishop

Nov 23, 2007 - 09:57 am .- A Vatican official has criticized some bishops' actions as prejudiced and proud for obstructing Pope Benedict XVI's recent reform liberalizing the use of the Tridentine Mass.

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