Archive of February 15, 2008

Church in Portugal expresses joy over beatification process for Sister Lucia

Feb 15, 2008 - 11:23 pm .- The Catholic Church in Portugal expressed satisfaction and gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI for waving the five-year waiting period in order to begin the process of beatification of Sister Lucia, one of the three visionaries of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary at Fatima.

Liberal Christianity is dying, Orthodox Bishop says

Feb 15, 2008 - 07:36 pm .- Russian Orthodox bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the Moscow Patriarchate’s delegate for international relationships, said on February 15 that liberal Christianity is on its way to extinction.

Pro-lifers warn of political manipulation of “International Women’s Day” in Spain

Feb 15, 2008 - 06:10 pm .- The Life Foundation in Spain has warned that the “International Women’s Day,” which is planned to take place during the legally required suspension of campaigning before the general elections in March, could be manipulated in favor of the political and social left.

Human trafficking is modern slavery, says Vatican official

Feb 15, 2008 - 05:44 pm .- On 13 February, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, participated in a "Forum to Fight Human Trafficking. In his English language talk, Archbishop Marchetto spoke of how human trafficking is the slavery of modern times.

Cardinal complains of worldly values in religious life

Feb 15, 2008 - 02:05 pm .- A top Vatican cardinal complained on Thursday that members of Catholic religious congregations are perceived as worldlier, less obedient and increasingly reluctant to wear a cassock due to the influence of secular values.

Pope mobilizes Catholics to help Christians in the Holy Land

Feb 15, 2008 - 11:25 am .- The head of the Congregation that oversees the Church in the Holy Land, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, has appealed to the Catholic Church to provide assistance to the Christians there, so that “the future may be welcomed with hope.”

Venezuelan bishops strongly condemn attacks on Apostolic Nunciature

Feb 15, 2008 - 10:55 am .- In a strongly worded statement released on Thursday, the Bishops Conference of Venezuela strongly rejected a new attack against the Apostolic Nunciature.

Healthy environment is an international responsibility, archbishop tells UN

Feb 15, 2008 - 06:41 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations, addressed the General Assembly on Wednesday and called for an international strategy to respond to climate change.

Australian bishops applaud national apology to Indigenous peoples

Feb 15, 2008 - 04:25 am .- Australia’s Catholic bishops, Catholic agencies, and religious orders are supporting a long-awaited apology to the “Stolen Generations,” the indigenous people removed from their families under past government policies, CathNews reports.

Diocese of Fairbanks to file for bankruptcy

Feb 15, 2008 - 02:33 am .- The bishop of Fairbanks announced on Wednesday that the failure of negotiations to settle dozens of sexual abuse claims means the Diocese of Fairbanks will have to file for bankruptcy, the Anchorage Daily News reports.

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