Archive of May 6, 2008

Judge approves Catholic newspaper’s lawsuit to use “Allah”

May 6, 2008 - 10:08 pm .- A judge in Malaysia ruled on Monday that a Catholic newspaper’s lawsuit that seeks to secure the right to use the word “Allah” may proceed, the Associated Press reports.

Ever seen the message in a movie? – New Catholic website launches

May 6, 2008 - 10:00 pm .- A new Catholic website ( launches today with the aim of educating and evangelizing through the medium of the movies.

National Shrine accepting names for Mother’s Day Novena

May 6, 2008 - 09:15 pm .- This coming Sunday, May 11, the Basilica of the National Shrine will begin its Novena of Masses for mothers. On each of the nine days, a Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica for those who are enrolled in the Mother’s Day Novena.

Population control movement is 'Number One violator of human rights,' author claims

May 6, 2008 - 06:25 pm .- Some population theorists warn that the world, with its continual increase in population, will eventually be unable to sustain the human population. Steve Mosher, the president of the Population Research Institute, argues in his newly released book that the movement that advances this worldview is demographically ignorant and the “Number One violator of human rights.” 

Catholic education should go hand-in-hand with renewal of faith, says Spanish cardinal

May 6, 2008 - 05:39 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, recalled that during his recent visit to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the meaning of Catholic education, indicating that it must be oriented, among other things, towards making the faith tangible. 

Mothers in Spain underappreciated, not supported by the government, says family institute

May 6, 2008 - 04:43 pm .- As Mother’s Day was marked in Spain on Sunday, the president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, commented, “There isn’t much reason to celebrate it,” as mothers “are not only underappreciated in Spain, they also lack the support” of the government.

Human rights cannot be “invented,” says Peruvian cardinal

May 6, 2008 - 03:32 pm .- During his weekly radio program, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, said human rights are recognized, not “invented” by international organizations, as they respond to natural law and not to the arbitrariness of U.N. conventions.

Gift from John Paul II to second oldest bishop in the world stolen

May 6, 2008 - 11:56 am .- Italian police are seeking two young people accused of having stolen objects of value from Bishop Antonio Rosario Mennonna, the second oldest bishop in the world.

Three U.S. prelates given Vatican slots by Benedict XVI

May 6, 2008 - 11:03 am .- Today Pope Benedict appointed members to the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts and the Congregation for the Clergy. Among the appointees are two American archbishops and one cardinal. 

Pope seeks Christian unity, welcomes head of Armenian Apostolic Church

May 6, 2008 - 10:38 am .- Continuing his efforts to build Christian unity, Pope Benedict XVI will be welcoming His Holiness Karekin II, the head of the Armenian Apostolic Church, for a three day visit, May 6-9.

Holy Father sends message to cyclone victims

May 6, 2008 - 09:57 am .- Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone has sent a telegram, in Pope Benedict’s name, to Archbishop Paul Zinghtung Grawng of Mandalay, and president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Myanmar.  The Holy Father assured the people of Myanmar of his prayers for peace and strength as the death toll from Cyclone Nargis continues to rise.

Philippines cardinal bars cross-dressers from Marian processions

May 6, 2008 - 04:03 am .- Archbishop of Manila Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales has forbidden cross-dressing homosexuals from dressing up as female saints in religious processions, calling the actions an “insult to the Blessed Mother.”

California newborn 'safe surrender' program barely being funded, audit reveals

May 6, 2008 - 02:17 am .- The California state government is no longer funding public awareness efforts for a state program that allows people legally and anonymously to leave newborn infants at “safe surrender” locations.

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