Archive of December 7, 2007

Catholic leaders respond to Mitt Romney’s speech on Mormonism

Dec 7, 2007 - 07:14 pm .- Mitt Romney’s speech on his Mormon faith was meant to clear the air about its impact on his potential leadership as president of the United States. In an effort to determine if that was the case, CNA contacted some influential Catholic leaders to hear their assessment of Romney’s speech."There was a lot to like in Governor Romney's speech, particularly his clear understanding that the alternative to today's vibrantly religious public square is not a naked public square but state-enforced secularism -- the establishment of secularism, if you will,” Catholic author and scholar George Weigel told CNA.

Sunday--A day to look beyond the distractions

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:41 pm .- In this deeply restless culture, the Church needs not just to refresh the observance of Sunday but to shape a new spirituality of the Lord’s Day, Archbishop Mark Coleridge says in his pastoral letter to mark the beginning of Advent.

Our Sunday Visitor hires new editor

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:23 pm .- Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly has hired John Norton as its new editor.  As a former correspondent to the publication, Norton has also served as a reporter for Catholic News Service and a news anchor for Vatican Radio.

Cuba: victims of Tropical Storm Noel getting help from the Church

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:21 pm .- The Church in Cuba has mobilized to offer food and clothing to the thousands of people affected by Tropical Storm Noel, which pounded the eastern section of the island last month.

Social justice and not tubal ligations solution to poverty, says Argentinean bishop

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:16 pm .- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in Argentina said this week, “Poverty is not solved by tubal ligations or other instruments against human ecology, but rather with greater equality and social justice.”

Lawmakers in Mexico City approve law allowing for suspension of extraordinary treatment

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- The legislative assembly of Mexico City has approved a law allowing terminally ill patients to reject treatments that would not be life-saving and would only prolong suffering.

Catholic university board cuts archbishop's position

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- The board of trustees at the University of St. Thomas has severed a key legal link with the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to the Star Tribune.

Prime minister of Poland visits Vatican

Dec 7, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The newly elected prime minister of Poland was received by the Pope at the Vatican today. The discussions between the two leaders focused on emphasizing moral and religious values in Poland.

Pope gets "mystic white" Popemobile

Dec 7, 2007 - 11:50 am .- The automaker Daimler on Wednesday released the latest Popemobile, a custom Mercedes-Benz G500 painted in “Vatican mystic white.”

Catholic school board okays Pullman books

Dec 7, 2007 - 11:42 am .- A Catholic school board in Ontario is under fire for approving Philip Pullman’s "His Dark Materials" trilogy for its school libraries.

New ethical stem cell production technique confirmed

Dec 7, 2007 - 11:24 am .- Researchers said on Thursday that they had proven in principle a new type of stem cell could be used as therapy after they used the cells to treat mice with sickle cell anemia, Reuters reports.A team at the Whitehead Institute of Biomedical Research in Cambridge, Massachusetts used stem cells created from skin cells to treat mice engineered to have sickle cell anemia, a blood disease caused by a defect in a single gene.

Pope prepares for Christmas by participating in first Advent meditation

Dec 7, 2007 - 11:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI attended the first Advent sermon today, which was given by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., preacher of the Pontifical Household.

Church in Asia seeing growth despite fundamentalist violence and religious repression

Dec 7, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The Special Council for Asia has completed its discussions on the life of the Church in Asia. The picture painted by the talks is one of hope even the council noted that four priests were killed in Asia in 2006. The 11th Meeting of the Special Council for Asia was held in Rome on November 20, under the presidency of Archbishop Nicola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of bishops, according to a press release made public today.

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