Archive of November 5, 2008

Pope’s ability to explain Word of God brilliant, says Cardinal Ruini

Nov 5, 2008 - 10:46 pm .- During the November 5th presentation of the book, “Homilies: The Liturgical Year Narrated by Joseph Ratzinger, Pope,” at the Valdina Palace in Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, the former Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, said Benedict XVI has a brilliant way of making “the bread of the Word of God and the mystery of our salvation understandable for all.”

Catholic leaders react to Obama victory, offer advice

Nov 5, 2008 - 10:25 pm .- Prominent Catholics’ reactions to the election of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama as president have been cautionary, advising increased catechesis and cultural engagement while for Catholics warning that Obama’s use of the presidency to advance abortion rights must be opposed.

Our environmental condition is connected to consumption and lifestyle, says archbishop

Nov 5, 2008 - 08:24 pm .- Last week Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer of the Holy See to the U.N., addressed the second committee of the 63rd session of the General Assembly saying that in order to protect the global environment we must review our lifestyle and patterns of consumption.

Expert finds 65 percent of women who have had abortions have PTSD symptoms

Nov 5, 2008 - 06:47 pm .- Sixty five percent of women who abort suffer symptoms of post-traumatic stress syndrome after undergoing the procedure, according to psychiatrist and member of the Right to Life Committee, Carmen Gómez-Lavín.

Catholic bishops congratulate Obama on presidential victory

Nov 5, 2008 - 05:07 pm .- Leading Catholic prelates have offered their congratulations to President-elect Sen. Barack Obama, praying for his wisdom in governance. Noting the historic character of his election, the bishops also ask Obama to protect the life and dignity of every human person.

Chinese Catholics thank the Pope for remembering them during closing of Synod

Nov 5, 2008 - 04:21 pm .- The Catholic Church in China is showing its gratitude for the concern extended to them by Pope Benedict following his Apostolic letter in 2007 and the recent day of prayer for the Church in China.

British scientist abandons country, criticizes ‘obsession’ with embryonic stem cells

Nov 5, 2008 - 03:05 pm .- Colin McGuckin, a professor of regenerative medicine at Newcastle University and an expert on the use of adult stem cells, announced this week he is leaving England for France because he can no longer work in the U.K. due to the country’s “obsession” with embryonic stem cells and the refusal to acknowledge his advances in research with adult stem cells, which pose no ethical problems.

Without the Resurrection, ‘Christian life would be simply absurd,’ says Holy Father

Nov 5, 2008 - 12:16 pm .- In the presence of thousands at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly teachings on St. Paul, speaking about the apostle’s proclamation of the resurrection. The Holy Father noted that the true believer obtains salvation professing with his lips that Jesus is Lord and believing in his heart that God has raised him from the dead.

Vatican hopes Obama will promote human dignity

Nov 5, 2008 - 11:45 am .- Speaking to Vatican Radio on Wednesday, the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, announced that Pope Benedict XVI has sent his greetings to President-elect Barack Obama, the content of which will not be made public "because of its personal nature."

Significant victories, defeats in pro-life, pro-family ballots around the country

Nov 5, 2008 - 10:25 am .- Voters in South Dakota and California rejected proposals that would have limited abortions, but all propositions aimed at declaring marriage as between one man and one woman passed, even in California, where an unprecedented amount of money was spent by homosexual advocates to oppose the pro-marriage Proposition 8.

Attempted 'womenpriest ordination’ triggers automatic excommunication

Nov 5, 2008 - 06:42 am .- A woman claiming to be a Catholic bishop “ordained” a so-called womanpriest and three “women deacons” at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Chicago on Saturday. In response, a spokeswoman from the Archdiocese of Chicago said that her act automatically excommunicates the participants.

Justice for Croat refugees being ‘trampled underfoot,’ Bosnian bishop reveals

Nov 5, 2008 - 03:19 am .- A Catholic bishop from Bosnia and Herzegovina has protested that neither the Bosnian government nor the international community is doing anything to enable Catholic Croat refugees to return to their homes some thirteen years after the end of the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.

U.S. bishops investigating church grants for ACORN

Nov 5, 2008 - 12:26 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has begun investigating the more than $1 million in church grants given to the voter registration group ACORN. Fearing the grants may have been used in partisan or fraudulent ways which could threaten the Church’s tax-exempt status, they have hired forensic accounting experts.

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