Archive of January 10, 2008

Taiwanese president asks Vatican for diplomatic help

Jan 10, 2008 - 10:22 pm .- President Chen Shui-Ban has written to the Vatican requesting the Holy See’s assistance in securing Taiwan’s position in international relations, Radio Taiwan International reports.

George Weigel’s newest book focuses on theological roots of Islamic terrorism, gives possible solutions

Jan 10, 2008 - 09:35 pm .- The internal struggle within Islam over how it interacts with the modern world has spilled out onto the world stage over the last few years with sometimes disastrous consequences. In the midst of this upheaval, George Weigel is offering his thoughts on the roots of this “intra-Islamic civil war” as well as some policy suggestions in his new book “Faith, Reason, and the War Against Jihadism”.

“Robot” created to “educate” Spanish youth about sexuality

Jan 10, 2008 - 08:17 pm .- Spain’s Ministry of Health, together with the Spanish division of Microsoft, has created a robot called “Robin” to provide “information” about sexual relations, sexually transmitted diseases and other issues. ...

Kenyan bishops encourage peace and justice as politicians trade blame

Jan 10, 2008 - 04:41 pm .- Following a meeting of the entire Kenya Episcopal Conference, John Cardinal Njue, the archbishop of Nairobi, and the 22 other bishops of Kenya, are urging peace and justice as a solution for the crisis caused by the recent violence.

Church in Iraq fears new campaign of “religious cleansing”

Jan 10, 2008 - 02:05 pm .- New fears of an organized campaign to flush Christianity out of Iraq have been sparked by the recent attacks on churches in leading Iraqi cities.

Pope sends telegram of support to beleaguered Iraqis

Jan 10, 2008 - 01:18 pm .- Upon hearing about the recent spate of bombings against Christians in Iraq, Pope Benedict XVI has sent a telegram to the Catholic Patriarch Emmanuel III Delly expressing his deep concern and spiritual closeness to all of those who were attacked.

Prime Minister invites Pope Benedict XVI to visit Iraq

Jan 10, 2008 - 01:15 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Iraq, Archbishop Francis Assisi Chullikatt, met this week with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri el Maliki, who extended an invitation to Pope Benedict XVI to visit the country.

Guerrilla leader behind death of Colombian bishop captured

Jan 10, 2008 - 12:48 pm .- The Colombian government has announced the capture of a key leader of the National Liberation Army (ELN), Carlos Marin Guarin, the man behind the 1989 murder of Bishop Emilio Jaramillo Monsalve of Arauca.

Benedict XVI: Schools must address “educational emergency” by supporting the family

Jan 10, 2008 - 12:11 pm .- At the beginning of every New Year, the Pope meets with government officials from Rome and its surrounding area to exchange greetings and discuss issues affecting the region. This year the focus of the Pontiff’s concern was on the education of youth, poverty and care for the sick.

Princeton professor named to Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Jan 10, 2008 - 12:03 pm .- Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, professor of environmental engineering at Princeton University, has been appointed by Pope Benedict as an ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

President Bush visits birthplace of Christ

Jan 10, 2008 - 11:44 am .- This morning after visiting the Church of the Nativity on a one day visit to Palestine, President Bush thanked the government for the opportunity to visit the birthplace of Christ and reflected on its significance.

Philippines celebrates Feast of the Black Nazarene

Jan 10, 2008 - 08:37 am .- Filipinos celebrated the Feast of the Black Nazarene on Wednesday, centering their veneration around a black statue of Jesus, that many believe has miraculous capabilities.

Episcopal diocese sells off properties to fund lawsuits against breakaways

Jan 10, 2008 - 06:57 am .- The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia is taking out a $2 million line of credit to finance legal action against 11 churches that left the denomination a year ago, the Washington Times reports.

Slovak station fined for criticizing Vatican's “ten commandments” of driving

Jan 10, 2008 - 04:02 am .- A Slovakian television station has been fined two-million koruna ($88,400), for making fun of a Vatican document on Christian driving, Agence France Presse reports.

Kenyan bishop asks for aid in supporting refugees, burying dead

Jan 10, 2008 - 02:30 am .- Bishop Cornelius Kipng’eno Arap Korir of the West Kenyan diocese of Eldoret has asked the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need for assistance in responding to the Kenyan humanitarian crisis provoked by violence in the aftermath of contested elections.

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