Archive of March 13, 2008

Media is wrong about 7 social sins, says cardinal

Mar 13, 2008 - 11:35 pm .- The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, responded to inaccurate information in the media about the supposed “new sins” outlined by the Vatican this week and said, “The sins are the same, what has changed is the how they are applied.”

The situation in Haiti must change, says Benedict XVI

Mar 13, 2008 - 10:04 pm .- On Thursday morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received prelates from the Episcopal Conference of Haiti. They have just completed their "ad limina" visit during which, the Pope called on them to work for change in Haiti.

Catholic Church is not at war with anyone, says Cardinal Rivera

Mar 13, 2008 - 07:16 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week the Catholic Church is not at war with religious sects or other religions and he recalled that the Church’s mission is to preach the Gospel.

Peruvian obstetrician awarded for saving handicapped mother and unborn child

Mar 13, 2008 - 04:20 pm .- The Peruvian Ministry for Women and Social Development has honored ten women for their dedication and work in diverse social and economic fields. One of the honorees was Ivonne Arriaga Castaneda, an obstetrician from the state of Huanuco who saved the life of a young handicapped mother and her unborn child.

Vatican official hopes government in Spain will improve relations with the Church

Mar 13, 2008 - 02:56 pm .- In statements to the Italian daily Il Messaggero, the undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Msgr. Melchor Sanchez de Toca, who is from Spain, said he hopes that country’s Socialist government will “work to restore serenity” to relations with the Church.

Bishop slams V-monologues at Notre Dame as propaganda, “spiritually damaging”

Mar 13, 2008 - 01:14 pm .- John D’Arcy, Bishop of Fort Wayne-South Bend, has responded to the decision by the president of Notre Dame to allow the performance of the Vagina Monologues, calling the play “pornographic” and “spiritually damaging.”

Deaf couple wants to use genetic selection to have a deaf child

Mar 13, 2008 - 11:48 am .- Reports are circulating in the British press about the case of two deaf artists who have said they are willing to use genetic selection in order to ensure that their second child—who would be conceived in vitro—is born deaf.

Pope sends condolences for death of John Paul I’s brother

Mar 13, 2008 - 10:31 am .- Holy Father has sent a telegram of condolence to Bishop Giuseppe Andrich of Belluno Feltre, Italy, for the death of Edoardo Luciani, the younger brother of Pope John Paul I.

Commission discusses future options for the Church in China

Mar 13, 2008 - 10:24 am .- A commission established by Pope Benedict XVI to study issues concerning the life of the Church in China met in the Vatican from March 10-12. The group examined the impact of the Pope’s May 2007 letter to Chinese Catholics and discussed the future of the Catholic Church in China.

Kidnapped Archbishop of Mosul dies in captivity

Mar 13, 2008 - 09:41 am .- Archbishop Paulos Rahho, who was kidnapped on February 29, was found dead yesterday near Mosul, according to Bishop Shlemon Warduni. Pope Benedict XVI has once again condemned the kidnapping of the archbishop as “an act of inhuman violence” and expressed his pain at the news of the Iraqi prelate’s death.

Religious health care providers denied 'place at the table', Vatican tells UN Council

Mar 13, 2008 - 07:50 am .- Archbishop Silvano Tomasi encouraged the UN’s Human Rights Council on Tuesday to continue promoting the human right to mental and physical health. However, he challenged the Council to include religious organizations in discussions on the topic and to allocate a more proportionate share of the resources to them.

California resolution denouncing anti-homeschooling ruling introduced

Mar 13, 2008 - 04:20 am .- A California legislator has responded to a state superior court decision ruling that non-credentialed parents may not home school their children by introducing a bill asking the California Supreme Court to overturn the decision, the California Catholic Daily reports.

U.S. Bishops’ immigration committee asks ICE to decrease raids

Mar 13, 2008 - 02:08 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration met with a high-ranking ICE official on Monday to discuss the impact of immigration raids around the country.  The committee’s bishops encouraged a decrease or elimination of immigration raids and asked that churches, hospitals, and charities not be targeted for enforcement actions.

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