Archive of October 13, 2008

Christians face campaign of violence in Mosul

Oct 13, 2008 - 11:54 pm .- Following planned murders, violence, and threats targeting Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul, the country’s Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki has decided to deploy 1,000 policemen to protect the religious minority. The prime minister also opened an investigation into the attacks.

Good theology and exegesis are necessary for priests, says Vatican official

Oct 13, 2008 - 10:00 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, explained during his intervention at the Synod of Bishops that priests need good theology and a safe exegetical method in order to make the Word of God known better.

Too many priests are missing out on ordinary ministry, cardinal warns

Oct 13, 2008 - 06:38 pm .- The prefect for the Congregation for Catholic Education, Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, warned this week that many priests dedicated to teaching forget or abandon ordinary ministry, in which the Word of God should be at the center.

Andean bishop rejects smear campaign for not renewing agreement with Maryknolls

Oct 13, 2008 - 06:36 pm .- Father Fernando Samaniego Orellana, chancellor and press director for the Prelature of Juli in the Andean region of southern Peru, has strongly rejected the “campaign of unjust criticisms and disparagement” launched against Bishop Jose Maria Ortega Trinidad for not renewing an agreement allowing the Maryknoll Missionary Society to continue working in the prelature.

Obama slightly leads among Catholic voters, Zogby poll reports

Oct 13, 2008 - 04:40 pm .- A new Zogby poll claims that the presidential race between Republican Sen. John McCain and Democrat Sen. Barack Obama is again narrowing, with Monday results showing Obama leading McCain 47.9 percent to 43.6 percent. Obama enjoys a slightly greater lead among Catholics.

Identical twins ordained in Tenerife, Spain

Oct 13, 2008 - 03:43 pm .- Cristobal Jose and his twin brother Diego Jesus Rodriguez were ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Bernardo Alvarez of Tenerife on Saturday at the parish of the Immaculate Conception.

Director of Italian newspaper joins in defense of Pope Pius XII

Oct 13, 2008 - 01:26 pm .- The director of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera, Paolo Mieli, said last week Pope Pius XII was a Pontiff “in line with the history of the Catholic Church of the 20th century,” who during the Nazi persecution did not doubt in extending a hand to the Jews hiding in churches, convents, seminaries, and therefore the black legend surrounding him does not have any historic basis.

Art must be used in proclaiming the Word of God, German bishop remarks

Oct 13, 2008 - 10:44 am .- Speaking to his fellow prelates, Bishop of Wurzburg, Germany Friedhelm Hofmann, remarked that art is a medium that can be used to draw people closer to Christ, especially those not attending church. 

Bishops suggest ways to bring Word of God to the modern world

Oct 13, 2008 - 10:00 am .- At Monday morning’s assembly of bishops on the Word of God, Cardinal George Pell and Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko both spoke about ways to reach the modern world with the Scriptures.

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