Archive of November 27, 2007

Bishop of Orlando reflects on impact of globalization and secularization

Nov 27, 2007 - 06:31 pm .- At a Mass in Rome this past Saturday, Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, delivered a homily in which he analyzed the current trends of globalization, secularization and the dignity of human life in modern culture.Addressing the attendees of the Second World Congress of the Ecclesial Organizations working for Justice and Peace, Bishop Wenski linked the events depicted in the Book of Maccabees to present-day globalization.

Young Catholics consider their faith in their future

Nov 27, 2007 - 06:21 pm .- Over 50 young Catholics considering a career in public life gathered at Notre Dame University campus in London last Saturday to hear from Catholics working in public life about how they live out their faith in public service to others. The second “Faith in your Future” conference, organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, brought together eminent speakers from the world of healthcare, politics, media and social care.

Nashville Dominicans to lead new high school, create new bioethics curriculum

Nov 27, 2007 - 04:55 pm .- A Dominican order of traditional religious sisters is thriving in Nashville, Tennessee and expanding into other cities across the nation.The Washington Post recently highlighted the order's work on a new Catholic high school opening in Dumfries, a city in northern Virginia.  The $60 million Pope John Paul the Great High School will be one of only four new Catholic secondary schools opened last year in the U.S.   

Abortion doctor arrested in Spain

Nov 27, 2007 - 02:31 pm .- After months of investigation and numerous lawsuits, Spanish police have detained abortion doctor Carlos Morin, who owns and operates a chain of clinics under suspicion of performing abortions up to the eighth month of pregnancy.

Message of forgiveness at re-opening of Mexico City cathedral

Nov 27, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Antonio Ortega of Mexico City has called for forgiveness and reconciliation after the re-opening of the Cathedral, which was temporarily closed after being attacked by sympathizers of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) on November 18.

Spain and Europe are doomed if they close their doors to God, warns new cardinal

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:54 am .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, warned this week that “Europe and Spain have no future if the men and women of our society close our hearts to the love of God.”

Pauline Year a chance to get to know St. Paul better, says Italian cardinal

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:48 am .- Cardinal Andrea Cordero Lanza di Montezemolo, Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, said this week the Pauline Year, which will be celebrated June 28, 2008 through June 20, 2009, will allow for “a greater understanding of St. Paul, who is one of the greatest presenters and commentators of the doctrine of redemption.”

Kenyan Archbishop Kirima dies

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:36 am .- After a long-time battle with kidney problems, Archbishop Nicodemus Kirima of Nyeri, Kenya, died today in a Nairobi hospital at the age of 71.

“Enough violence, let us promote life,” Bolivian bishops exclaim

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:30 am .- The bishops of Bolivia have issued an urgent call for peace in response to violent protests in the city of Santa Cruz against the approval of a new constitution. The riots have left four people dead and at least 130 injured.

Seven injured in terrorist shelling of Sri Lankan Catholic school

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:27 am .- Members of the Tamil Tigers shelled a Catholic school on Monday, seriously injuring seven people including five children. The sound of the shelling reverberated across the area, and many parents and children suffered minor injuries while running for safety. 

No papal meeting with Dalai Lama

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Contrary to earlier indications, Pope Benedict XVI will not be meeting with the Dalai Lama in December, Reuters reports.

Sierra Club joins Planned Parenthood to offer conferences on “Sex and the Environment”

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:19 am .- During the first week of November, members of the Sierra Club traversed one end of California to the other for a series of conferences called “Sex and the Environment.” Accompanying them at most of their stops were representatives of Planned Parenthood.

British teacher faces blasphemy charges over "Muhammed" teddy bear

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:06 am .- A teacher from England was thrown into a Sudanese jail on Monday after being arrested for insulting the Prophet Muhammed when she named a classroom teddy bear after a student named Muhammed, CNN/Time reports.Gillian Gibbons, 54, had only recently arrived in the Sudanese capital Khartoum to teach at Unity High School, an exclusive British-run school organized on Christian principles.  Assigned to teach six and seven-year-olds, she asked them as a classroom project to dress up and name a teddy bear and keep a diary of his outings.   

Delegation from Holy See sent to Annapolis, hope expressed by leaders

Nov 27, 2007 - 11:03 am .- The path to peace in the Middle East could take a fortuitous turn today as leaders from 40 different organizations and nations meet in Annapolis, Maryland to forge a way forward. Pope Benedict XVI has added his support to bring “a just and definitive solution” to the conflict and is sending a delegation to the summit.Holy See Press Office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi announced today that the delegation from the Holy See is made up of Msgr. Pietro Parolin, under-secretary for Relations with States, and Msgr. Francesco Coppola, nunciature counselor.

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