Archive of February 27, 2008

Philippines Catholic bishops stop short of calling for Arroyo's resignation

Feb 27, 2008 - 11:43 pm .- The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have stopped short of calling for the resignation of the country’s president, but instead urged her to allow officials to assist inquiries into a massive corruption scandal involving her husband.

U.S. bishop delegates to World Synod appointed

Feb 27, 2008 - 06:54 pm .- The Vatican has appointed United States delegates to the twelfth World Synod of Bishops, which will be dedicated to reflection on and examination of Holy Scripture.

William F. Buckley passes away, lauded for his contribution to American public life

Feb 27, 2008 - 06:35 pm .- William F. Buckley Jr., the champion of many conservatives in the United States passed away on Wednesday morning while at work in his study.

Vatican daily strikes new distribution deal with Italian diocese

Feb 27, 2008 - 05:11 pm .- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has reached an agreement with the Italian Diocese of Bergamo, giving the newspaper a major boost in circulation in the country.

Cuba sees publication of new independent periodical. Will Castro allow it?

Feb 27, 2008 - 04:06 pm .- The Christian Life Movement, led by Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, has announced the publication of the first edition of “Liberacion,” an independent Christian magazine that will now be the official voice of the movement. 

Chavez supporters invade chancery, expel employees and bishop

Feb 27, 2008 - 02:57 pm .- A group of Hugo Chavez supporters (Chavistas) violently took over the chancery of the Archdiocese of Caracas for several hours to stage a protest against the Catholic Church and the only standing independent TV station, Globovision.

Benedict XVI appoints new bishop of Lansing, Michigan

Feb 27, 2008 - 12:43 pm .- The Pope has appointed Bishop Earl A. Boyea as the bishop of Lansing, Michigan.  He will take the position which was filled by 77 year-old Bishop Carl F. Mengeling, whose resignation was recently accepted by the Vatican.

Church sees U.S. embargo of Cuba as ethically unacceptable

Feb 27, 2008 - 12:37 pm .- On Monday February25, Cardinal Bertone met with Felipe Perez Roque, foreign minister of Cuba. After his meeting with Roque, the cardinal said that both the Church and the new Cuban government oppose the U.S. economic embargo as "unjust and ethically unacceptable".

Russian Orthodox open to dialogue on status of Catholic dioceses in Russia

Feb 27, 2008 - 11:48 am .- The haggling over the status of Catholic dioceses in the Orthodox lands as well as the status of the Orthodox dioceses in traditionally Catholic countries seems to have taken a turn for the better with Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev, the Representative of the Russian Orthodox Church to European Institutions, calling for a "serious and elaborate discussion" on the matter.

Cardinal Bertone and Raul Castro conclude meeting with hopes for better ties

Feb 27, 2008 - 10:38 am .- The historic meeting between Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, and the new president of Cuba, Raul Castro, came to an end on Tuesday with the hope of better relations between the Catholic Church in Cuba and the Communist government, although without concrete promises.

St. Augustine’s conversion is a model for all Christians, says Pope

Feb 27, 2008 - 10:23 am .- With today’s general audience Pope Benedict XVI concluded his series of teachings on St. Augustine of Hippo, telling the faithful that the saint’s journey of conversion remains a model for each of us.

Writer votes for Obama, defends his choice saying, “Bishops be damned”

Feb 27, 2008 - 07:58 am .- A writer who wrote a Washington Post op-ed piece arguing against the U.S. bishops’ criticism of voters who support pro-abortion politicians and ended his article with a curse of the bishops could face canonical penalties for inciting hatred against the bishops.

Planned Parenthood youth website promotes pornography to teenagers

Feb 27, 2008 - 06:14 am .- A Planned Parenthood website for teenagers is promoting pornography to young people, Cybercast News Service reports.

Coalition urges Catholic colleges to avoid hosting pro-abortion politicians

Feb 27, 2008 - 03:20 am .- After some Catholic college campuses hosted campaign events and appearances by pro-abortion political candidates recently, a coalition of Catholic organizations has released a statement urging all Catholic institutions to refuse to host politicians who oppose Church teaching on serious moral issues. 

Culture of abortion pervades British medical profession, say English pro-lifers

Feb 27, 2008 - 02:57 am .- A British proposal to limit further the circumstances in which abortion can be performed has won acclaim from the British pro-life movement. However, pro-life leaders also lamented the British medical establishment’s support for loose abortion regulations as the new embryo research and fertilization bill nears a vote.

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