Dec 5, 2008 - 11:06 pm .- An official from Uruguay’s Socialist Party revealed this week that President Tabare Vazquez resigned from the party several days ago after he broke with the party and vetoed a law that would have legalized abortion in the country.
Dec 5, 2008 - 10:26 pm .- Upon receiving the letters of credence from the new ambassador of Argentina to the Holy See this morning, Pope Benedict XVI stressed that the Church seeks “to promote the dignity of human beings and to elevate them for the good of everyone.” He also recalled the 30 year anniversary of the papal intervention to resolve a dispute between Chile and Argentina.
Dec 5, 2008 - 08:15 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Franc Rode, spoke on the origins of the crisis in religious life this week and encouraged authentic renewal by pointing to the continuity of tradition and the decisive contribution of Vatican II.
Dec 5, 2008 - 04:45 pm .- A pamphlet on sexual orientation issued by the Catholic bishops of England and Wales is being praised by a homosexual activist who claims the pamphlet flies in the face of the “uncompromising homophobia” of the Vatican. However, Bishop John Hine of Southwark emphasized to CNA that the documents are “clearly not teaching documents but aids for pastoral reflection.”
Dec 5, 2008 - 03:55 pm .- Mexicans are mourning the loss of Carlos Abascal Carranza, one of the most prominent Catholic politicians known for openly professing his faith and his defense of life from the moment of conception.
Dec 5, 2008 - 02:12 pm .- A commission of theologians is wrapping up a five-year study on the ability of natural law to serve as a set of universal ethics for mankind. With relativism gaining prominence in the modern world, Pope Benedict asserted that natural law is "the authentic guarantee" of freedom and the defense against "any form of ideological manipulation."
Dec 5, 2008 - 01:59 pm .- As is done each year, the Pope and the members of the Roman Curia began attending a series of Advent sermons in preparation for Christmas. This year’s sermons are being delivered by the papal preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa and will have a Pauline emphasis.
Dec 5, 2008 - 12:36 pm .- For the first time in the history of Luxembourg, the Grand Duke has opposed a decision by the country’s House of Representatives. Henry I rejected a bill that would legalize euthanasia, and government officials have announced their intention to strip the Duke of some of his powers.
Dec 5, 2008 - 11:56 am .- Today the Holy Father exhorted members of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepluchre to become “sincere ambassadors of peace,” especially in communities “weighted down” with “uncertainty and danger.”
Dec 5, 2008 - 11:03 am .- The Russian Orthodox Church is in mourning today as it copes with the loss of Patriarch Alexy II, who passed away early Friday morning at his residence in Moscow. Pope Benedict has expressed his grief at hearing the news, saying he was “profoundly saddened” to hear of his passing.
Dec 5, 2008 - 10:08 am .- One year after the shootings at an Omaha mall, the community is holding a prayer service to remember the eight victims and their families.
Dec 5, 2008 - 05:20 am .- Alvaro Corrada, the Bishop of Tyler, Texas, has issued another statement on Catholic medical ethics and the dignity of human life in response to revelations that Catholic hospitals were performing unethical sterilizations. According to Bishop Corrada, he is still waiting from Trinity Mother Francis Hospital to state that they are no longer performing sterilizations.
Dec 5, 2008 - 01:52 am .- Gonzaga University President Father Robert Spitzer, SJ, has issued a statement explaining the Gonzaga student newspaper’s rejection of a pro-life group’s insert and its decision to publish an alternative pro-life insert written by the university’s Office of Mission.