Archive of March 5, 2008

Sikhs won’t give up daggers for U.S. meeting with Pope

Mar 5, 2008 - 10:38 pm .- Sikh leaders have been excluded from an upcoming interfaith meeting with Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to the United States because their ceremonial daggers were forbidden by the Secret Service, the Washington Times reports.

Wisconsin considers bill to force pharmacists to supply abortifacients

Mar 5, 2008 - 05:45 pm .- A Wisconsin bill that would compel all pharmacists to provide abortifacient contraceptive drugs in spite of their moral and professional objections was recently the subject of a public hearing in the state senate.

Christians in Middle East pray for release of kidnapped Iraqi archbishop

Mar 5, 2008 - 04:06 pm .- The Christian communities in Iraq have launched a prayer campaign for the release of Catholic Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul, who was kidnapped by a group of armed men on February 29.

Brazilian bishops denounce deception of false Catholics who promote abortion

Mar 5, 2008 - 03:16 pm .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (NCBB) has issued a statement clarifying that the self-proclaimed group “Catholics for a Free Choice,” “is not a Catholic organization and does not speak for the Catholic Church.”

Leading a “double life” is source of crisis in the world, says Peruvian cardinal

Mar 5, 2008 - 02:14 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, said this week the world is in crisis because “there is no interior life, just simple appearance.  We are not sincere, we live a double life, we say sorry but we do not forgive, we talk a lot but we don’t act.”

Bishops of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador to hold “emergency meeting”

Mar 5, 2008 - 12:00 pm .- The newspaper El Diario Catolico of Venezuela is reporting that representatives of the bishops’ conferences of Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador will hold an emergency meeting to discuss the crisis facing the three countries.

Catholic-Muslim dialogue takes step forward as dates are set

Mar 5, 2008 - 11:06 am .- Members of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue met with Muslim leaders March 4 and 5 to establish a 'Catholic-Muslim Forum'.  The forum’s first seminar will be held in Rome, November 4-6, 2008 and is designed to respond to calls for dialogue between Catholics and Muslims.

St. Leo the Great was one of the greatest Popes in history, says Benedict XVI

Mar 5, 2008 - 11:01 am .- Pope St. Leo the Great was the latest Church Father that Pope Benedict XVI focused on as he held his weekly general audience on Wednesday. Leo the Great, according to Pope Benedict, was one of the greatest pontiffs of all time because of his work as a pastor and his strength during difficulty.    

Bishop calls receiving Communion on the tongue more reverent

Mar 5, 2008 - 06:21 am .- Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Kazakhstan, in a new interview has expanded his advocacy of reverence at Mass and receiving Holy Communion on the tongue.

Earthquake aftermath in the Democratic Republic of Congo “still critical”

Mar 5, 2008 - 04:23 am .- Archbishop Francois-Xavier Maroy Rusengo has told the international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) that the Democratic Republic of Congo is still suffering in the aftermath of last month’s severe earthquakes.  Archbishop Maroy, of the Archdiocese of Bukavu, has appealed to “all people of goodwill” to aid earthquake victims.

Muslim delegation meets with Vatican to prepare interfaith conference

Mar 5, 2008 - 02:01 am .- A delegation of Muslim leaders met with Vatican officials on Thursday to organize a summit for interfaith dialogue later this year, ANSA reports.

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