Archive of February 1, 2008

Ex-bishop in Paraguay makes presidential bid official

Feb 1, 2008 - 08:19 pm .- Despite being suspended “A divinis” by the Holy See and his brothers in the episcopate, suspended Catholic bishop Fernando Lugo made his bid for the presidency of Paraguay official on Thursday.

More aid needed for families to combat demographic winter in Spain, group says

Feb 1, 2008 - 07:00 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, Eduardo Hertfelder, asked politicians this week who are running for office to include in their proposals a “universal” aid package for families with children under the age of 18 in order to put the brakes on the demographic winter that is gripping the country.

Cardinal Pell slams proposed tax on children

Feb 1, 2008 - 06:42 pm .- Obstetrician and associate professor of medicine Barry NJ Walters of the Australian Medical Association said recently he intends to propose a $5000 "baby levy" for every family having more than two children, followed by an annual carbon tax of up to $800 a child.

Education for Citizenship seeks to dominate emotions in order to control people, Spanish cardinal warns

Feb 1, 2008 - 05:43 pm .- In an interview with Libertad Digital Television, the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, said the purpose of the controversial Socialist propaganda course “Education for Citizenship,” is to take control of the way an entire generation of students think by controlling their affections.

Communion in hand should be revised, Vatican official says

Feb 1, 2008 - 03:32 pm .- Archbishop Albert Malcolm Ranjith, Secretary of the Vatican's Congregation for Divine Cult and Discipline of the Sacraments has said that the policy of giving Communion in the hand should be revised.

Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for February released

Feb 1, 2008 - 01:19 pm .- Today the Press Office of the Holy See released Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for the month of February. 

International congress commemorates 20th anniversary of “Mulieris Dignitatem”

Feb 1, 2008 - 11:50 am .- Celebrations for the twentieth anniversary of John Paul II's Apostolic Letter on the dignity and vocation of women, “Mulieris dignitatem”, will be kicked off by an international congress organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The conference will examine the progress made in promoting the dignity and vocation of women the over the last two decades.

Vietnamese government agrees to return nunciature “out of respect for the Pope”

Feb 1, 2008 - 10:37 am .- Following years of efforts and prayers, Catholics in Hanoi have agreed to stop protesting as the Vietnamese government says it will return the former nunciature to the Archdiocese of Hanoi.

After 70 years...Greek-Catholic bishops return to the Vatican

Feb 1, 2008 - 10:25 am .- For the first time in 70 years, the bishops of the Greek-Catholic Church of Ukraine were able to pay a visit to the tomb of St. Peter and to meet with his successor, Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishops and European mediators meet to push for release of hostages in Colombia

Feb 1, 2008 - 08:01 am .- The ambassadors of Spain, France and Switzerland to Colombia met this Wednesday with a group of bishops participating in the Ordinary Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia in order to study ways of achieving the release of hostages being held by the FARC.

U.S. RU-486 provider investigated for contaminated leukemia drugs

Feb 1, 2008 - 06:44 am .- A state-owned Chinese pharmaceutical company that manufactures the RU-486 abortion pill faces accusations that tainted leukemia drugs produced by the company have paralyzed or otherwise harmed nearly 200 Chinese cancer patients, the New York Times reports.

Boston gym’s ad featuring nuns and a naked man draws fire

Feb 1, 2008 - 03:28 am .- A Boston-area fitness club’s advertisement depicting nuns and a naked man has attracted harsh criticism, CBS News reports.

India Catholics set world record for 40 hour singing marathon

Feb 1, 2008 - 03:09 am .- Catholics in southwestern India have set a new world record by singing non-stop for 40 hours, UCA News reports.

Full itinerary for Pope's U.S. visit released

Feb 1, 2008 - 01:05 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s itinerary for his first papal visit to the United States has been released and includes a wide range of events. The Holy Father will visit with the President, meet with 350 bishops from around the U.S. and address Catholic educators among other commitments.

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