Archive of November 28, 2007

Benedict XVI and John Paul “are strikers,” says Italian soccer coach

Nov 28, 2007 - 03:28 pm .- Commenting on the loss of values in the world of sports today, the coach of Italy’s soccer team, Roberto Donadoni, said Benedict XVI and John Paul II “are inspirations” in how to live and act”. If they were soccer players, Donadoni said, “I would definitely put them in the middle of the field towards the front”...

Uruguayan president to veto law that would legalize abortion

Nov 28, 2007 - 03:04 pm .- President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay has reiterated his stance against legal abortion and said he would veto a new law legalizing the practice in the country.

Churches fear British hate crimes law could silence Christians

Nov 28, 2007 - 02:30 pm .- British churches have expressed concern that legislation punishing hate crimes based on sexual orientation could be used to silence Christian disapproval of certain sexual behaviors.

Benedict XVI to visit hospital for brain injury patients

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- This coming Sunday, December 2, Pope Benedict will visit the Roman hospital of St. John the Baptist, which is run by the Knights of Malta and specializes in the treatment and rehabilitation of people suffering from neurological disorders.

Pope sheds light on plight of young migrants

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- Today, Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees which will be celebrated on January 13, was made public. In it he raised the plight of young migrants who are torn between two cultures in the lands they immigrate to.

Mayor Sanders to congratulate San Diego Catholic school on $1.5 million gift

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders will preside over a ceremony today as the Blickenstaff family makes a $1.5 million gift to Blessed Sacrament Parish School.  The family has created the Brian’s Scholars Foundation in honor of Dr. Brian Bennett, former principal of Blessed Sacrament Parish School and a well-known Catholic education advocate.

Bishops and clergy of Caracas express solidarity with Cardinal Urosa after insults by Chavez

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:11 pm .- The auxiliary bishops and clergy of the Archdiocese of Caracas have expressed their solidarity with Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino in response to the repeated insults and attacks leveled against him by President Hugo Chavez, saying the Venezuelan leader must “change his attitude” and behavior that are “offending Catholics and the entire nation.”

Civil organizations call for revision of Spain’s abortion laws to prevent abuse

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:07 pm .- Diverse civil organizations dedicated to promoting the defense of life and the family are praising the actions of officials in Barcelona who detained the owner of a clinic that performed abortions up to the eighth month of pregnancy. The pro-life organizations are calling for the laws on abortion to be reviewed in order to guarantee that excesses are not committed again.

"Sexual health" book for children too graphic for prison, aimed at 10 and up

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:04 pm .- A self-described sexual health children's book is so graphic in its contents that material from it has been banned from a state prison and several web sites.The book, titled It's Perfectly Normal, has been targeted by the American Life League (ALL) as completely inappropriate, especially since its instruction is aimed at children ages ten and up.  

Catholic hospital in Britain instates pro-life ethics code

Nov 28, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- A Catholic hospital favored by British celebrities has barred its doctors from making abortion referrals or providing contraceptives, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Anti-abortion billboard truck impounded, driver jailed

Nov 28, 2007 - 11:48 am .- An Operation Rescue truck bearing signs with photographs of aborted babies was impounded and its driver arrested in an Atlanta suburb over the Thanksgiving Weekend.

Lourdes' 150th Jubilee Year celebrations announced

Nov 28, 2007 - 11:29 am .-  Bishop of Lourdes Jacques Perrier announced on Tuesday the opening of a year-long celebration for the 150th Jubilee anniversary of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin to St. Bernadette Soubirous.

Pope: Everything possible to fight AIDS must be done

Nov 28, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI issued a call today at the end of his general audience exhorting everyone to increase their efforts to combat the spread of AIDS.

Christianity is not a European export, says the Pope

Nov 28, 2007 - 10:32 am .- The “most famous poet of the patristic age," St. Ephrem the Syrian, was the topic of the Pope’s general audience held in Paul VI Hall today. Wishing to show that the Christian faith is not European in origin, Benedict XVI pointed to St. Ephrem’s origins in modern day Turkey. The Pope remarked how "it is widely believed today that Christianity is a European religion which subsequently exported that continent's culture to other countries. But the truth is much more complex."

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