Archive of February 7, 2008

Catholics in Vietnam still missing land, protests continue

Feb 7, 2008 - 08:32 pm .- Although the Vietnamese government has agreed to return the Nunciature to the Archdiocese of Hanoi, parishioners from Our Mother of Perpetual Help insist that the government is still holding 14 acres of land belonging to parish. In protest, hundreds of the dispossessed Catholics marched to the site on Ash Wednesday. 

Former Archdiocese of Los Angeles official decries city’s pornography industry

Feb 7, 2008 - 06:11 pm .- A former official of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has attacked the city’s pornography industry and called for a revival of decency laws. He also called on Cardinal Mahony of Los Angeles to lead the fight against the multi-billion dollar industry.

Catholic vote goes for McCain, Clinton

Feb 7, 2008 - 06:02 pm .- Catholic voters backed Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona and Democrat Senator Hillary Clinton of New York in many Super Tuesday presidential primaries and caucuses for their respective parties, according to news reports.

Mexico: Cardinal Robles calls on political parties to give authentic service

Feb 7, 2008 - 05:27 pm .- The Archbishop of Monterrey, Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, has called on Mexico’s political parties to exercise their service “with true authenticity,” and he called on citizens to evaluate each proposal and verify that it is carried out.

New York museum organizes art expo on the prodigal son

Feb 7, 2008 - 03:48 pm .- A new expo entitled “Images of the Prodigal Son. The Art of Forgiveness,” has been opened at the Biblical Art Museum of New York and will be open to the general public until February 17.

Colombian bishops join in call for release of hostages

Feb 7, 2008 - 02:32 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has joined in the calls being made both nationally and internationally for the release of the hostages being held by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC), because in addition to being deprived of their freedom, the hostages “are subjected to inhumane treatment and living conditions that conflict with the most basic demands of human rights.”

Mexican lawmakers now debating sex-change law

Feb 7, 2008 - 12:15 pm .- Left-wing lawmakers of the Mexico City Legislative Assembly have introduced a bill to make sex-change operations in public hospitals easier and would establish penalties for health care workers who oppose the procedure.

President Bush says prayer has brought him through tough times of his presidency

Feb 7, 2008 - 11:33 am .- Every year a National Prayer Breakfast is held in Washington D.C. to gather government officials of diverse faith backgrounds to honor their faith in God. At this year’s prayer breakfast, President Bush related how prayer has helped him "meet the challenges of the presidency.” 

Church in Brazil receives encouragement from Pope to defend life

Feb 7, 2008 - 10:10 am .- Every Lent, the Catholic Church in Brazil sponsors the “Fraternity Campaign”. To help launch the drive this year, Pope Benedict has sent a letter of support to Archbishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha of Mariana, the president of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil.

Catholics in Pakistan oppose Islamic court plan

Feb 7, 2008 - 08:19 am .- The Pakistan government’s recommendation to replace some regular courts with courts based on Islamic law is facing opposition from Pakistani Catholics, who say the plan would encourage the Taliban and other militants, UCA News reports.

Mother refuses to abort twin girls who knocked loose tumor

Feb 7, 2008 - 04:41 am .- A British woman’s twin girls saved her life when, while still in the womb, they kicked free a tumor growing in their mother’s uterus, the Daily Mail reports.

Pope on Ash Wednesday: prayer is “engine of the world”

Feb 7, 2008 - 02:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday distributed ashes at the ancient Church of Santa Sabina on the Aventine hill in Rome.  In his homily at the austere 1,500 year-old church, Vatican Radio reports that the Pope called prayer a “dialogue with God” and the “engine of the world.”  He also reminded Catholics that Lent is a journey of conversion that invites all believers to prayer, penitence, and fasting.

U.S. bishops address revised Good Friday prayers about Jews

Feb 7, 2008 - 01:09 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has responded to Pope Benedict XVI’s revision of Good Friday prayers in the Latin-language 1962 Roman Missal.

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