Archive of January 30, 2008

US Bishops' ad campaign targeted for suppression in San Francisco

Jan 30, 2008 - 11:04 pm .- A pro-life campaign sponsored by the U.S. Catholic Bishops has drawn the ire of a San Francisco chapter of Planned Parenthood, which is trying to have the campaign’s radio advertisements removed from local stations.

Sydney previews new Mass composed for World Youth Day

Jan 30, 2008 - 06:10 pm .- In a preview of World Youth Day, a new Mass composed for the July event was performed in Sydney on Tuesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Fr. Bossi returns to the Philippines, hopes to go back to his mission

Jan 30, 2008 - 04:37 pm .- The Italian missionary Fr. Giancarlo Bossi arrived back in the Philippines on  Monday aboard a Philippine Air Lines flight from Hong Kong, following a five month absence due to his having been kidnapped.

Czech Catholic journalist helped to save hundreds of Jews in Italy

Jan 30, 2008 - 03:07 pm .- Karel Weirich, a Czech journalist whose mother’s last name was coincidentally Schindler—like the famous character of the Steven Spielberg movie—complied a series of lists with hundreds of names of Czechoslovakian Jews captured by the Nazis in Italy who he helped with money, clothing, medicines and eventually escape from their captors.

Vietnam pursues legal action against Catholics following protests

Jan 30, 2008 - 02:47 pm .- The government of Vietnam is seeking legal action against the Archbishop of Hanoi following Catholic prayer vigils and protests seeking the return of church lands confiscated after the communist takeover.

Turkish bishops: Pauline year is chance to intensify Christian identity

Jan 30, 2008 - 01:01 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Turkey has issued a statement for the celebration of the Pauline Year stressing the need for bolstering Christian identity in their country, which is dominated by the Muslim majority.

Cardinal Sandoval warns “Popeye” could be manipulated to plead guilty

Jan 30, 2008 - 11:26 am .- Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara expressed his concern this week that officials charged with investigating the murder of Cardinal Juan Jesus Posadas, could warp statements by Alfredo Araujo Avila, known as “Popeye,” to make him plead guilty for the crime.

If you are far from God, you are far from yourself, says the Pope

Jan 30, 2008 - 10:59 am .- Pope Benedict returned to his reflections on St. Augustine today, urging everyone to draw close to Jesus, saying that “those who are far from God are far from themselves.”

Pro-life film festival launched in San Francisco

Jan 30, 2008 - 08:30 am .- Inspired by major artistic events held at Cannes and Sundance, pro-lifers are organizing the first ever pro-life film festival, Ignatius Insight reports.

Franciscan superior attacked in Sarajevo

Jan 30, 2008 - 05:50 am .- The Franciscan Provincial Superior in Sarajevo was attacked by assailants demanding money on the night of January 21, Aid to the Church in Need reports.

Church in Italy insists on “abortion moratorium”

Jan 30, 2008 - 03:05 am .- During an interview on the Italian TV network La7, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for the city of Rome, said the Church in Italy continues supporting a “moratorium” on abortion but has not called for a “revolt” against the current law.

Archbishop of Cincinnati says “Bodies...The Exhibition” undermines human dignity

Jan 30, 2008 - 01:18 am .- The Archbishop of Cincinnati has commented on the “Bodies...The Exhibition” presentation opening in Cincinnati, calling it “unseemly and inappropriate” and deeming it an improper destination for Catholic school field trips.

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