Archive of December 3, 2007

Golden Compass promoters trying to advertise in Catholic press

Dec 3, 2007 - 05:44 pm .- The promoters of the controversial movie, The Golden Compass, are making an effort to diminish the boycott being threatened by Catholics and other Christian groups. The advertising agency for the movie has sent an email to the top 50 weekly Catholic newspapers asking that they consider running an ad promoting the movie.   Advertising Media Plus, the agency promoting The Golden Compass, is trying to use a review by Harry Forbes, the director of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Office for Film & Broadcasting, as leverage against the boycott being called for by Catholics and Evangelicals.

Benedict XVI introduces “Spe Salvi”, calls Advent “the time of hope par excellence”

Dec 3, 2007 - 05:43 pm .- In the Vatican Basilica at 5 p.m. on Saturday, the Pope presided at the celebration of the first Vespers of the first Sunday of Advent.

British churches seek to recover lapsed Catholics

Dec 3, 2007 - 02:06 pm .- The Catholic Church in England and Wales has launched an initiative to bring lapsed Catholics back to church.

Large public collection launches Christmas is Jesus campaign in Peru

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- The campaign Christmas is Jesus, organized by the Christian Life Movement, began on December 1 with a large public collection to raise funds for more than 100,000 poor children in the region devastated by the August 15 earthquake in Peru.

Pro-euthanasia and abortion norms reveal war “against human life” in Argentina

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- The organization “Pro-Vida” has denounced “a growing offensive against human life” in Argentina, with controversial measures aimed at promoting euthanasia, homosexual unions and abortion.

Bishop of Teruel exhorts Catholics to recover true meaning of Christmas

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:19 pm .- Bishop Jose Manuel Lorca of Teruel and Albarracin called on the faithful this week to recover the true meaning of Christmas in response to the widespread disappearance of Christian symbols and the pretension to turn this date into just another feast.

India Catholics advised to avoid local Communist party

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- In an eight-paged tabloid-sized newspaper distributed on Sunday, the Syro-Malabar Catholic Church has asked its members in the southwest state of Kerala to keep away from the state's ruling Communist Party of India.

120 people offer to take place of hostages in Colombia

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:03 pm .- The organization Operacion Kolbe in Colombia has reiterated its proposal to secure the release of kidnapped individuals being held by rebel groups in that country, with 120 volunteers offering to take the places of those in captivity.

Two priests charged with sexual abuse removed from priesthood

Dec 3, 2007 - 12:02 pm .- The Catholic Diocese of Cleveland said Friday that two priests who faced credible accusations of sexual abuse of children were removed from the priesthood by the Vatican, the Associated Press reports.

Biblical wall discovered, archaeologists claim

Dec 3, 2007 - 11:45 am .- A team of archaeologists in Jerusalem claims to have discovered part of a wall described in the book of Nehemiah.

Pope Benedict prays for those with AIDS and for Asians

Dec 3, 2007 - 11:42 am .- Pope Benedict made his prayer intentions for the month of December public this past Saturday, praying especially for those who are affected by AIDS.

Church in Asia making “remarkable progress”, Pope prays for North Korea

Dec 3, 2007 - 11:04 am .- As the prelates from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Korea and the apostolic prefect of Mongolia completed their visit to Pope Benedict today, they received a message of encouragement from him about the Church in Asia.The Pope began his talk with the bishops by telling them that their visit to the See of Peter has strengthened the Church's “unity in diversity” and helped to ensure that “the tradition handed down by the Apostles" is preserved.  

Poll: Catholic education on contraception ethics needs work

Dec 3, 2007 - 10:43 am .- A survey of Catholics' opinions on condom use has been conducted by a Washington, D.C. advocacy group, the Columbus Dispatch reports.  It shows that significant numbers of Catholics dissent from church teaching about condoms.

Romney speech to give explanation of Mormonism

Dec 3, 2007 - 10:23 am .- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will give a speech this week explaining his Mormon faith to voters, after much debate at his campaign headquarters about the wisdom of such a speech. The decision to discuss his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints comes as the former Massachusetts governor faces the rising challenge of Mike Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister and former governor of Arkansas.  

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