Archive of December 10, 2007

“Bella” star saved baby from abortion while researching role

Dec 10, 2007 - 07:06 pm .- Eduardo Verastegui, star of the movie "Bella", related at a fundraiser last Thursday the touching story of how he saved a baby from abortion while researching his role in the romantic drama about a woman with a crisis pregnancy.He told the story as he held the little baby, “Eduardito,” at a pregnancy center banquet in Los Angeles.

University of St. Thomas board "will always include bishops or priests"

Dec 10, 2007 - 06:51 pm .- Archbishop Harry Flynn has responded to a column written by Katherine Kersten originally printed in the Minneapolis Star Tribune and then reported on by CNA. Her story accused St. Thomas University of taking steps to distance itself from a Catholic identity. The following letter of clarification is from the archbishop:

Catholic-Orthodox relations “very positive” says Metropolitan Kirill

Dec 10, 2007 - 06:32 pm .- A high ranking official in the Russian Orthodox Church described a meeting with Pope Benedict XVI this last Friday as "very positive," and said Catholics and Orthodox must work together to promote Christian values while continuing to work towards unity.

Cardinal Cordes: Modernity has destroyed awareness of sin in the world

Dec 10, 2007 - 03:29 pm .- Presiding at celebrations marking the 150th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Lourdes, the president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, Cardinal Paul Joseph Cordes, lamented that modernity has destroyed the reality of bad morality and the awareness of sin...

Sympathizers of Chavez government attack Cardinal Urosa

Dec 10, 2007 - 02:17 pm .- In a letter to his fellow Venezuelan bishops, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas revealed that he was “violently verbally and physically assaulted” last Friday near the city’s Cathedral by a group of Chavez sympathizers.

Anglican Church continues to divide

Dec 10, 2007 - 01:23 pm .- Churches in California and Canada have decided to split from the Anglican Communion due to disagreement over how the church should minister to homosexuals and doctrinal matters.  

Shootings leave churches in mourning, Archbishop of Denver offers prayers

Dec 10, 2007 - 12:53 pm .- Two churches in Colorado are mourning the deaths of five of their members since gunmen opened fire yesterday at a missionary training center in Arvada and New Life Church, 80 miles south, in Colorado Springs. Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver responded to the tragedy by asking God to "penetrate and redeem even this tragedy with the peace of Christmas and Christ's promise of eternal life.”

Holy See and Israel close to bilateral agreement, says Israeli ambassador

Dec 10, 2007 - 12:24 pm .- The Holy See and Israel are “very close to a historic conclusion” to the Fundamental Accord signed in 1993 and after many starts and stops, nearing the end of negotiations, according to statements by Israel’s Ambassador to the Holy See, Oded Ben Hur, during a debate in Rome.

French bishops request Telethon funds not be used to destroy embryos

Dec 10, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- France recently held its 30 hour-long national Telethon to raise funds to help the sick, and the bishops of that country are requesting that the funds not be used to finance research that involves the destruction of human embryos.

Poll confirms majority of Americans believe in God

Dec 10, 2007 - 12:20 pm .- A poll by the firm Harris Online has revealed that the vast majority of Americans believe in God, miracles and the devil.

One million copies of new encyclical already sold

Dec 10, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- The Vatican’s publisher Libreria Editrice Vaticana is reporting that over one million copies the new encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, Spe Salvi, have been sold since it was released on November 30.

Britons "shaky" on details of the Nativity story, poll reveals

Dec 10, 2007 - 11:58 am .- A new poll conducted by a theological think-tank illustrates Britons' ignorance about the details of Christ's conception, birth, and infancy.

"Golden Compass" disoriented at box office

Dec 10, 2007 - 11:48 am .-  "The Golden Compass" fantasy movie, which cast a thinly-veiled Catholic Church as its villain, had a debut weaker than expected in United States movie theaters over the weekend, Reuters reports.The $180 million film, made by New Line Cinema, sold an estimated $26.1 million in tickets as of December 9. Though it is estimated the film will bring in $28 million for its full opening weekend, it falls short of New Line's expectations of a $30-$40 million launch.

Rare Michelangelo sketch of St. Peter's found

Dec 10, 2007 - 10:55 am .- One of Michelangelo's last architectural designs for the dome of St. Peter's Basilica has been discovered in the basilica’s offices, the Associated Press reports.

Children in consumerist societies "risk losing hope," says Pope Benedict

Dec 10, 2007 - 10:46 am .- Speaking on Saturday for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Benedict XVI warned of consumerism's increasing spread among children.

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