Archive of October 15, 2008

Active silence with the Word opens one to conversion, says Peruvian founder

Oct 15, 2008 - 10:55 pm .- During the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday, the Peruvian founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, Luis Fernando Figari Rodrigo, said “active silence,” which makes us open to reverent attentiveness to the Word of God, is the path towards a personal and sanctifying encounter with the Lord.

Attack outside of Catholic church part of 'wave of intimidation,' says Yes on 8

Oct 15, 2008 - 08:17 pm .- This past Sunday, a parishioner at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Modesto, California was attacked while helping promote Proposition 8, which will define marriage as only between a man and a woman in California. According to promoters of the initiative, the assault is part of a “wave of violence” throughout the state.

New survey examines political differences between practicing and non-practicing Catholics

Oct 15, 2008 - 05:21 pm .- A recent survey sponsored by the Knights of Columbus sheds new light on the Catholic vote by examining the differences between the 65 percent of Catholics who regularly practice their faith and the 35 percent who do not. The survey finds that while a narrow majority of practicing Catholics is pro-life, a majority of non-practicing Catholics favors abortion rights.

Church in Mexico calls on public officials to reduce expenditures in response to crisis

Oct 15, 2008 - 04:57 pm .- In an editorial published by its weekly magazine, the Archdiocese of Mexico has called on government officials to “tighten their belts” and reduce expenditures in response to the global economic crisis.

Pope calls for theologians and Bible scholars to work together more closely

Oct 15, 2008 - 02:32 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI surprised the Synod of Bishops this week by taking the microphone and addressing the prelates about issues related to the study of the Bible  and encouraging theologians and biblical scholars to work together more closely.

Judge in Brazil allows gay couple to adopt two girls

Oct 15, 2008 - 01:15 pm .- A judge in the Brazilian city of Recife has ruled that a gay couple can adopt two underage girls.  Although some experts have questioned the constitutionality of the ruling, the case creates a legal precedent that would give a green light to future cases.

Beleagured Vietnamese Church receives two new bishops

Oct 15, 2008 - 10:57 am .- The Church in Vietnam received two new bishops today from Pope Benedict XVI. Elevated to the office of bishop are Fr. Laurent Chu Van Minh for the Archdiocese of Hanoi and Fr. Pierre Nguyen Van Kham for the Archdiocese of Ho Chi Minh City.

Bishops from Russia and Armenia speak on the importance of Scripture in their countries

Oct 15, 2008 - 10:21 am .- Yesterday during their interventions at the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican, prelates from Russia and Armenia spoke on the importance of the Word of God to Catholics in their respective countries.

God 'creates the unity of the Church,' teaches the Holy Father

Oct 15, 2008 - 10:17 am .- Continuing his catechesis on St. Paul, Pope Benedict XVI dedicated today's audience to Paul's teachings on the Church. The Holy Father recalled Paul’s invitation to understand and love the Church ever more deeply, and to work to build her in faith and charity.

Pope Benedict appoints Bishop John Quinn to head Diocese of Winona

Oct 15, 2008 - 10:09 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop John M. Quinn, currently an auxiliary bishop of Detroit, to succeed Bishop Bernard Harrington as the Bishop of Winona, Minnesota.

Cardinal George asks President Bush to help Haiti recover from disasters

Oct 15, 2008 - 05:51 am .- Citing humanitarian concerns caused by four hurricane strikes, political unrest, and food shortages in the Caribbean nation of Haiti, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has asked President George W. Bush to grant the country Temporary Protected Status (TPS).

New Down syndrome test could increase ‘eugenic’ abortions

Oct 15, 2008 - 04:07 am .- Pro-life advocates have warned that a new non-invasive pre-natal test for Down syndrome could increase ‘eugenic’ abortions. The new test, which checks a baby’s DNA, has been developed by researcher Dr. Stephen Quake and his team at Stanford University.

Vatican bank safe from crisis, bank president says

Oct 15, 2008 - 01:37 am .- The President of the Vatican bank Angelo Caloia has stated that its deposits are safe from the global financial crisis.

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