Archive of October 3, 2008

Franciscan does not back trustee member’s Obama endorsement, says university

Oct 3, 2008 - 07:12 pm .- Franciscan Univeristy of Steubenville issued a statement on Friday distancing itself from its Board of Trustees member Nicholas Cafardi, who has recently come out in support of Sen. Barack Obama, despite the candidate’s abortion stance.

Pope: Church’s contraception teaching is only way to understand human sexuality

Oct 3, 2008 - 05:20 pm .- Marking the 40th anniversary of “Humane Vitae,” Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message to the president of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, in which he praises the Church’s teaching on contraception as the only way to understand the truth about human sexuality.

‘The Passion’ producer says American Carol movie part of ‘emerging culture war’

Oct 3, 2008 - 03:48 pm .- Steve McEveety, producer of "The Passion of the Christ," has written a letter encouraging people to see the new movie "An American Carol," comparing buying tickets for the movie to casting a vote in the “emerging culture war.” American Carol producer John Shepherd explained to CNA that the movie is meant to make Hollywood question its animosity towards conservatives.

Bible Synod to be ecumenical and international, explains secretary general

Oct 3, 2008 - 11:15 am .- With the historic Synod of Bishops on the Bible due to get underway this coming Sunday, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic held a press conference at the Vatican this morning to announce some details of the event, which looks to have both an ecumenical and international flair to it.

Pope challenges Knights of Columbus to continue seeking Church renewal

Oct 3, 2008 - 09:57 am .- A contingent from the Knights of Columbus making a pilgrimage to Rome for the occasion of the Year of St. Paul was received in an audience by Pope Benedict this afternoon at the Vatican. The Holy Father praised the men’s organization for its work to seek holiness and renewal in the Church.

Iraqi Christians suffer ‘paralyzing fear,’ Archbishop of Baghdad reports

Oct 3, 2008 - 05:43 am .- Jean Sleiman, the Latin-rite Archbishop of Baghdad, recently spoke to an Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) event in Westminster, England, saying a “paralyzing fear” still grips Iraq’s Christian communities. The archbishop said “very real persecution” remains a threat alongside intense pressure to conform to rigorous Islamic standards, driving many Christians to leave the country.

Vietnamese prime minister’s remarks a ‘slap in the face’ to Archbishop of Hanoi

Oct 3, 2008 - 03:15 am .- A Wednesday meeting between Prime Minister of Vietnam Nguyen Tan Dung and Vietnam’s Catholic bishops intended to discuss tensions between church and state surrounding disputed properties has reportedly ended without bearing fruit. ...

Caritas launches emergency appeal to help 90,000 displaced by Congolese fighting

Oct 3, 2008 - 12:52 am .- The Catholic charity Caritas has launched an emergency appeal to help 90,000 people who have fled their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Renewed fighting in North and South Kivu has displaced more than 100,000 people since the end of August.

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