Archive of January 21, 2008

Austrian expert: Manipulation of embryonic stem cells no longer necessary

Jan 21, 2008 - 10:58 pm .- Günter Virt, an Austrian expert in moral theology, said this week that given the advances in recent years in the field of adult stem cell research, there is no reason to destroy human embryos. 

Cardinal Rouco: abandonment of God is cause of crisis of loneliness

Jan 21, 2008 - 09:36 pm .- During the ordination of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela said that the abandonment of God in today’s society is the reason for the “radical loneliness” that leads to crises in marriages and families.

Pauline Year to be ecumenical and full of cultural events

Jan 21, 2008 - 09:09 pm .- As was announced last week, the Press Office of the Holy See released the schedule for the year dedicated to St. Paul today. Running from 28 June 2008 to 29 June 2009, the celebration will focus on rediscovering the person of St. Paul and his teachings, improving unity amongst Christians and pilgrimages to places associated with his life.

"40 Days for Life" initiative launches second wave after 340 children saved by earlier effort

Jan 21, 2008 - 07:46 pm .- A pro-life group has launched a forty-day initiative coinciding with Lent to fast, pray, and reach out to the community to end abortion.

Christian dissident denounces elections in Cuba as illegitimate

Jan 21, 2008 - 05:21 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, has issued a statement denouncing Sunday’s elections to the Popular Assembly as illegitimate and insisting on the need for changes to the Cuban electoral system to make it authentically democratic.

Vandals hit Canadian Catholic church

Jan 21, 2008 - 04:41 pm .- Vandals painted upside-down crosses and anti-Christian slogans on a church in Ottawa on early Sunday morning, the Ottawa Citizen reports.

Presidents of Argentina and Chile hope to celebrate 30 years of peace with the Pope

Jan 21, 2008 - 03:56 pm .- Officials in Argentina and Chile are in discussions with the Holy See about the possibility of President Cristina Fernandez and her Chilean counterpart President Michelle Bachelet holding a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the peace accord between the two countries that was brokered by the Holy See.

Cuban bishop: Church seeks more openings for her mission

Jan 21, 2008 - 02:34 pm .- Speaking to the Spanish news agency EFE, the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Cuba, Bishop Juan de Dios Hernandez Ruiz, said that ten years after the historic visit of John Paul II to the island, there exists a “slow improvement” in relations with the government, but the Church is seeking more opportunities for carrying out her mission of evangelization.

Cardinal Pell given Korean "Award for Life"

Jan 21, 2008 - 12:41 pm .- The Archbishop of Sydney, Australia, Cardinal George Pell, was awarded with the "Grand Prix Mysterium Vitae" established by the Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea.

President of Spanish bishops congratulates new Jesuit superior general

Jan 21, 2008 - 12:32 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez, sent a letter of congratulations to the Society of Jesus for the election of Father Adolfo Nicolas of Spain as the new superior general of the Jesuits.

Catholic universities must present the faith, not give in to cultural trends, exhorts Pope

Jan 21, 2008 - 12:15 pm .- Today the Pope received participants of the plenary assembly of the Congregation for Catholic Education and advised them that in their work of reform, they must seek to effectively communicate the Truth in the modern world.

Benedict XVI meets with presidents of Togo and East Timor

Jan 21, 2008 - 10:40 am .- In the past few days, the Holy Father has been engaged in diplomatic meetings with the presidents of the Republic of Togo and East Timor to discuss the happenings in their respective countries.

Pope names St. Paul as the “patron” of the Synod on Holy Scripture

Jan 21, 2008 - 10:39 am .- Upon receiving the participants of the Sixth Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod, who are preparing for the next meeting on the Holy Scripture, the Pope recalled that the event will coincide with the Year of St. Paul. 

Lambs blessed by Benedict XVI on feast of St. Agnes

Jan 21, 2008 - 10:13 am .- This morning in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, in keeping with the tradition for today's feast of St. Agnes, the Pope today blessed two lambs, the wool of which will be used to make the palliums bestowed on new metropolitan archbishops on June 29, Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles.

Notre Dame law prof endorses McCain as “best pro-life choice” for president

Jan 21, 2008 - 03:29 am .- Dr. Gerard V. Bradley, a prominent law professor at Notre Dame University, has endorsed Arizona Republican Senator John McCain for president.  Bradley also revealed that the senator has moved to a more consistent pro-life position on embryonic stem cell research.

Slain Filipino “martyr” praised by Pope, bishops, friends

Jan 21, 2008 - 01:24 am .- Father Jesus Reynaldo Roda, a missionary in the Southern Philippines murdered by armed men suspected of links to al-Qaeda, won praise for his courage around the world, MindaNews reports.

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