Archive of February 4, 2008

Colombian cardinal: Chavez is not necessary to achieve agreement with FARC

Feb 4, 2008 - 11:52 pm .- The Archbishop of Bogota, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz, said last Thursday that the intervention by Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is not necessary for achieving an agreement over the exchange of prisoners with the Marxists rebel group FARC.

Bishops say providing moral guidance is not meddling in political campaigns

Feb 4, 2008 - 07:01 pm .- The spokesman for the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, responded to Socialists attacks on the Church this week and said a statement issued by the bishops is not a declaration of support for any particular party, but rather a series of orientations that Catholics must bear in mind as they go to the polls on March 9.

Australian Catholics to build affordable housing for mortgage crunch

Feb 4, 2008 - 06:31 pm .- In an effort to alleviate housing problems in the Australian southeast state of Victoria, Catholic and other church charities are seeking approval to become developers and operate housing associations, The Age reports.

Connecticut parents seek tax breaks, textbook funding for Catholic schools

Feb 4, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- A Connecticut parents’ organization is lobbying the state legislature to pass two laws that would assist Catholic schools’ scholarship funds and textbook acqusition, the Hartford Courant reports.

Spanish bishop: pastors cannot remain indifferent to suffering of young people

Feb 4, 2008 - 03:16 pm .- During a celebration for Mission Youth, in which hundreds of young people will take to the streets in Spain to bring the Gospel to their contemporaries, Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Cartagena said, “Young people are suffering greatly, and pastors cannot remain indifferent, because Jesus was not indifferent.”

L’Osservatore Romano praises movie on meaning of life

Feb 4, 2008 - 02:51 pm .- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has praised the new film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” which recounts the real-life story of a French journalist who became completely paralyzed at the age of 43 and was only able to communicate by blinking an eyelid.

Benedict XVI tells seminarians that the world needs “the adventure” of the priesthood

Feb 4, 2008 - 02:18 pm .- On Friday afternoon the Holy Father visited the major Pontifical Seminary of Rome, which he called “his seminary,” for the feast of its patroness, Our Lady of Trust. After presiding at Vespers, the Pope spoke to the seminarians and their parents, telling them that the priesthood is “the most interesting of adventures and the most necessary for the world.”

Patriarch of Syrian-Catholics resigns, Benedict XVI appoints committee in his place

Feb 4, 2008 - 11:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has decided to accept the resignation of the Patriarch of Syrian-Catholics and in a letter to him, explains that he will temporarily entrust the patriarch’s position to a committee of bishops.

President of Kosovo meets with the Pope, position on Kosovo’s independence unchanged

Feb 4, 2008 - 11:23 am .- On Saturday, the Holy Father met with Fatmir Sejdiu, president of Kosovo.  In the audience, Benedict XVI recognized the importance of those who serve the citizens of Kosovo, their quest for independence and emphasized the rights of the people living in the region.

Pope Benedict prays for those who defend life

Feb 4, 2008 - 10:23 am .- With Lent approaching, Benedict XVI set aside yesterday’s Angelus gathering as a time of prayer for the different areas around the world in need of peace and for those who work to defend life in all its stages.

Catholic protests listing of reputed relics for auction on eBay

Feb 4, 2008 - 04:21 am .- The internet auction site eBay is listing for sale the reputed relics of Catholic saints, Newsweek reports, though a layman has taken up the task of preventing the site’s sale of both sacred items and the bodily remains of holy men and women.

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