Archive of November 26, 2007

Annapolis summit, an opportunity that can't be missed, Cardinal DiNardo says

Nov 26, 2007 - 03:40 pm .- The recently created Cardinal Daniel N.DiNardo has said in an interview that both the Israelis and the Palestinians need to treat tomorrow's Annapolis peace summit as an “opportunity that cannot be missed”. In an interview to be published in tomorrow's daily edition of L'Osservatore Romano, the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, who was made a cardinal this past Saturday, said that the Church in the US is responding to the Pope’s call to pray for the fruits of the Annapolis summit. The conference will bring together Jews, Palestinians and Syrians for peace talks.

New director for Vatican newspaper

Nov 26, 2007 - 03:32 pm .- The recent naming of Catholic intellectual Giovanni Maria Vian as the new director of L’Osservatore Romano, means the opening of a new era for the Vatican publication, which will include its complete publication online.L’Osservatore Romano was founded in 1861 at the request of Pope Pius IX in order to give a public voice to the Vatican, just months after the Pontifical states were lost in the wake of Italian unification.

Public expo of Holy Shroud a fabrication, says Archbishop of Turin

Nov 26, 2007 - 02:17 pm .- The Archbishop of Turin, Cardinal Severino Poletto, has denied reports in the press about a supposed public exposition of the Holy Shroud to take place at the end of the decade.

Catholic NGOs to meet at the Vatican to reflect on their work

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- In order to mark the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Populorum Progressio, more than one hundred delegates from various Catholic NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) will meet at the Vatican to participate in the second World Congress of ecclesial organizations that work for justice and peace.

Spanish government’s “gestures” towards the Church could be “pre-electoral thawing”

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:25 pm .- The chair of Canon Law at Madrid’s Compultense University, Rafael Navarro-Valls, said this week the Socialist government’s gestures towards the Church could lead to a “pre-electoral thawing,” and he encouraged the faithful “not to let down their guard” at a “moment of transition” like the upcoming elections in early 2008.

Liturgical abuses help to explain Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The secretary for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, said this week the liturgical abuses and lack of respect for the norms of the ordinary rite of the Mass help to explain why Pope Benedict XVI decided to “liberalize” the liturgical celebrations according to the rite of St. Pius V.

New Iraqi cardinal: "pray for us, pray for Iraq"

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:13 pm .- At a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica on Saturday elevating twenty-three clerics to the cardinalate, Pope Benedict XVI created the first Iraqi cardinal, VOA News reports.

Mexico cathedral closed by protesting mob reopens

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- The Mexican capital's cathedral reopened on Saturday under police guard almost a week after it shut its doors when leftist protesters disrupted a Mass, Reuters reports.

Police abuse rolling priest and protestors in India

Nov 26, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- A Catholic priest protesting an unfinished bridge construction project was beaten by a police officer Wednesday in the Kerala town of Alappuzha.

Tony Blair talks about his “hugely important” faith

Nov 26, 2007 - 11:41 am .- British Prime Minister Tony Blair recently spoke of his religious beliefs on a BBC television program that surveyed his years in office. Mr. Blair said he didn't talk about his faith while in office because he didn't want people to think of him as "a nutter."  However, he said his religion was "hugely important" to him in office.  He said his faith helped him cope with the pressures of tough decisions, including sending British troops into Iraq. 

New American cardinal reflects on red hat

Nov 26, 2007 - 11:26 am .- The Archbishop of Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo was officially raised to the cardinalate at a Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reports.  

Pope asks cardinals’ families to pray for a solid communion

Nov 26, 2007 - 11:07 am .- This morning Pope Benedict had a special request for the 23 new cardinals and their families and friends, who he received in Paul VI Hall, he asked for their prayers "that communion between pastors and the Pope may remain solid” as a testimony to the faithfulness of the Church to Christ."The consistory and yesterday's Eucharistic celebration," said the Pope, "have provided us with a unique opportunity to experience the catholicity of the Church, well represented by the varied origins of the members of the College of Cardinals, gathered in close communion around Peter's Successor."

Meeting of the Holy Father and College of Cardinals

Nov 26, 2007 - 10:59 am .- Before adding new members to the College of Cardinals, Pope Benedict held a meeting with its current members on the topic of ecumenism. With all of the cardinals gathered, the Pope introduced the theme he had chosen for the day's discussion, "ecumenical dialogue in the light of prayer and of the Lord's command: 'Ut unum sint' (That they may be one)."

Four points on the church's teaching about homosexuality

Nov 26, 2007 - 10:25 am .- I was pleased that Joe Towalski, editor of The Catholic Spirit, addressed the issue of the church's teaching on homosexuality, derived as it is from an understanding of the natural moral law, and the reason why those who promote homosexual activity or a homosexual lifestyle are not permitted to speak at Catholic institutions. 

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