Archive of October 8, 2008

Young Catholics not turning to sanctity of life and marriage as voting issues, poll finds

Oct 8, 2008 - 11:48 pm .- A new poll of Americans ages 18-34 has surveyed the faith, politics, and issue positions of young adults before the 2008 election. The poll claims about 60 percent of younger self-identified Catholics say abortion should be legal in all or most cases, while 44 percent reportedly support same-sex marriage, a number which rises to 64 percent when religious liberty protections are emphasized.

Focus on the Word of God in the lives of believers, advises Cardinal George

Oct 8, 2008 - 09:46 pm .- Over 250 Catholic bishops from around the world are continuing to offer their reflections on the Bible at their synod being held at the Vatican. Cardinal Francis George of Chicago addressed the assembly on Tuesday saying, “Pastors should attend to conversion of the imagination, the intellect and the will” of their people when they preach.

Closing borders will not solve immigrant woes, say Vatican officials

Oct 8, 2008 - 07:07 pm .- Presenting the Holy Father's message for the 94th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Renato Raffaele Martino and Archbishop Agostino Marchetto, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People announced this morning that countries must welcome migrants with hospitality into their borders.

Archbishop Burke appointed to head Vatican’s ‘bar association’

Oct 8, 2008 - 05:58 pm .- On Tuesday, the former Archbishop of St. Louis, Raymond Burke, received an appointment from Pope Benedict XVI making him the head of the Vatican’s bar association.

Preach the Gospel to everyone, including migrants, says Holy Father

Oct 8, 2008 - 04:07 pm .- Keeping the celebration of the Pauline Year in mind, Pope Benedict's message for the 95th World Day of Migrants and Refugees focuses on the efforts of St. Paul to “make Jesus loved and known by all.” In the message released today, the Holy Father calls on Catholics to learn from St. Paul’s example by preaching the Gospel message to all, especially to migrant people.

Everything that makes Europe great has its roots in the Bible, says Cardinal Bozanic

Oct 8, 2008 - 01:28 pm .- The Archbishop of Zagreb, Cardinal Josip Bozanic, said this week that “an indissoluble link exists between the Bible and Europe. Everything that made European culture and its civilization great has its beginning in the Bible.”

Archbishop underscores evangelizing strength of forgiveness in India

Oct 8, 2008 - 10:54 am .- Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati said this week that in response to the persecution and attacks suffered by Catholics in India, “patience, discretion, moderation in reactions and a spirit of forgiveness manifested by the community have evangelizing power.”

Paul knew the ‘historical’ Jesus without seeing Him, explains Pope

Oct 8, 2008 - 10:14 am .- Pope Benedict XVI dedicated today's audience to St. Paul's relationship to the so-called "historical" Jesus. The Holy Father reminded the faithful that for Paul, "Jesus is alive, speaks for us and lives with us."

Catholic Campaign for Human Development funded Obama-headed group in 1980s

Oct 8, 2008 - 06:21 am .- Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama’s early work as a community organizer has brought to the fore the Catholic Campaign for Human Development’s (CCHD) longstanding support for political organizations accused of promoting radical left-wing politics and distorting Catholic teaching under the pretense of helping the poor.

Archbishop Gomez: ‘intensive’ community service, not deportation, appropriate for illegals

Oct 8, 2008 - 03:10 am .- José H. Gomez, Archbishop of San Antonio and the senior Hispanic member of the United States’ Catholic hierarchy, spoke at a rally at the Missouri State Capitol in Jefferson City on Saturday, calling for a moratorium on deportations, federal work site raids, and new anti-immigration legislation until after the upcoming elections. ...

Rabbi addresses bishops’ synod in a ‘signal of hope’

Oct 8, 2008 - 01:27 am .- Shear-Yashuv Cohen, the Grand Rabbi of Haifa, on Monday became the first Jew to address a synod of Catholic bishops at the at the Second General Congregation of the Bishops’ synod on the Bible. Calling the fact of his presence “very meaningful,” “a signal of hope,” and “a message of love,” ...

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