Archive of November 30, 2007

Protests against “Muhammed teddy bear” teacher break out, execution called for

Nov 30, 2007 - 07:13 pm .- "Shame, shame on the U.K.," thousands of armed Sudanese protestors shouted, as they spilled out of their mosques after their Friday services to rail against Gillian Gibbons, a teacher from Britian that they claim insulted Muhammad.The Associate Press reports that the disgruntled demonstrators gathered in central Martyrs Square outside the presidential palace, where hundreds of riot police were deployed. Efforts were not made to stop the rally, which lasted about an hour, even though the government promised on Thursday that they would prevent the promised protests.  

Nicaraguan government subpoenas feminists involved in abortion performed on sexually assaulted girl

Nov 30, 2007 - 04:35 pm .- Government officials in Nicaragua have subpoenaed six members of the Women Against Violence Network, for being involved in the case of a young girl named “Rosita,’ who was raped by her stepfather and forced to undergo an abortion. 

Morning-after pill not leading to fewer teen abortions in Spain

Nov 30, 2007 - 03:27 pm .- According to official statistics from health officials in the Spanish region of Asturias, one in ten teenage girls has had an abortion during the last year.  The figures represent the highest number of abortions during the last 18 years and confirm that the distribution of the morning-after pill has not resolved the problem.

Kansas grand jury to investigate alleged late-term abortionist

Nov 30, 2007 - 02:42 pm .- A Kansas Supreme Court justice has ruled that the grand jury examining the case of a late-term abortionist can move forward with its investigation.

Italian diocese refuses to permit Latin Mass

Nov 30, 2007 - 01:59 pm .- Only months after a document issued by Pope Benedict XVI provided universal permission to celebrate the Tridentine Mass, An Italian diocese has forbidden its priests to celebrate any Latin Masses in the old rite.

Lawmakers approve homosexual unions in Uruguay

Nov 30, 2007 - 12:35 pm .- On Thursday the Uruguayan House of Representatives approved a new bill that would make civil unions, including same-sex unions, equivalent to marriage and grant them equal rights and protections.

700 Portuguese doctors call on national association to oppose to abortion

Nov 30, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- According to a report on, members of the Portuguese Medical Association are circulating a petition on the Internet to urge the Association leadership to maintain its anti-abortion ethical code, asking it to "maintain with the greatest rigor and commitment the intransigent struggle for the ethical independence and autonomy of the medical profession."

Socialist Senator announces conversion and leaves politics over laws that “conflict with Christian ethics”

Nov 30, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- Socialist Senator Mercedes Aroz has announced her retirement from politics at the end of the legislative session over disagreements with her party’s leaders regarding the approval of laws such as homosexual marriage, which in her judgment “directly conflict with Christian ethics.”

Book made from priest’s skin now up for auction

Nov 30, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- A seventeenth-century book which is bound in human skin and details the execution of a priest who allegedly conspired in the Gunpowder plot will go up for auction on Sunday, the Telegraph reports.

Lifetime of social work led 39-year old to Catholic clergy

Nov 30, 2007 - 11:53 am .- Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, will ordain 39-year-old Deacon Mark Kovacik to the Catholic priesthood on Saturday, December 1 at 10 am in the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.  Kovacik’s ordination will culminate nearly eight years of Catholic study at the Archdiocese of Denver’s Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary.

Archbishop to Red Cross: humanity is “really one family”

Nov 30, 2007 - 11:48 am .- Archbishop Silvano M. Tomasi, spoke yesterday on behalf of Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations to the 30th International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent.  He discussed the ethical basis for providing aid to those in need.

Staunch pro-lifer Henry Hyde dies

Nov 30, 2007 - 11:41 am .- Former Representative Henry Hyde died early Thursday at the age of 83. The Illinois Republican served the 6th District of Illinois from 1975 through 2006.  He retired at the end of the last term.

An African saint and Vietnamese martyr are Benedict XVI's inspiration in “Saved by Hope”

Nov 30, 2007 - 10:43 am .- In his new encyclical, “Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope), Pope Benedict draws upon the example two saints—one from Africa and one from Vietnam—to show people how to live in hope.

Pope pens new hymn to Mary in "Saved by Hope"

Nov 30, 2007 - 10:43 am .- At the conclusion of his encyclical released today, Pope Benedict honored Mary as our model of hope and asked for her intercession in showing us the way to the Father.

"Spe Salvi" challenges modern society and today's Christianity to self-examination of hope

Nov 30, 2007 - 09:14 am .- “Spe Salvi—by hope we were saved,” with these words Pope Benedict XVI begins his second encyclical, which was released today. He asserts in the second half of his teaching that what is needed today, in a world often considered hopeless, is a self-critique of modern society, along with the rediscovery and living of Christian hope.   Beginning in number 22 of “Spe Salvi”, Pope Benedict challenges both modernity and Christianity to a self-critique. Modernity must enter into a “dialogue with Christianity and its concept of hope. In this dialogue Christians too, in the context of their knowledge and experience, must learn anew in what their hope truly consists, what they have to offer to the world and what they cannot offer.

Pope's new encyclical calls for a rediscovery of hope

Nov 30, 2007 - 06:15 am .- Today at noon in Rome, the Holy See released Pope Benedict XVI’s second encyclical, “Spe Salvi”, which proclaims the need for hope in modern society and the necessity for Christians to recover its true meaning.   The Pope begins his 75 page encyclical by explaining that “the present, even if it is arduous, can be lived and accepted if it leads towards a goal, if we can be sure of this goal, and if this goal is great enough to justify the effort of the journey.”  

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