Archive of December 10, 2008

Catholic bishops of Greece blame riots on ‘moral void’

Dec 10, 2008 - 10:54 pm .- The Catholic Greek Bishops Conference has issued a statement blaming the violent riots throughout Greece on a “moral void” resulting from a “detachment from Christian social doctrine and the abandonment of the common values of humanity.”

Youths joining gangs reveal social fragmentation, Archbishop Aguer warns

Dec 10, 2008 - 10:51 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina has called for attention and care for young people who feel driven to join gangs, saying the problem represents “a dangerous phenomenon of social fragmentation.”

Out of food, Zimbabweans eating cow dung

Dec 10, 2008 - 08:01 pm .- Caritas Internationalis is warning that the crisis in Zimbabwe is so grave that people facing crushing food shortages are mixing cow dung with their food.

Archbishop calls Mexicans to convert and reject violence and hatred

Dec 10, 2008 - 07:13 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, has called on the faithful to seek out true conversion during this season of Advent to bring about the longed-for reconciliation of the country.

Places of worship should not be propaganda centers, says Cardinal Tauran

Dec 10, 2008 - 05:43 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, said this week on Vatican Radio that places of worship should not be “converted into a propaganda center to spread fanaticism and hatred.”

Obama ‘proud’ to have homosexual band march in inaugural parade

Dec 10, 2008 - 04:48 pm .- President-elect Barack Obama and Vice President-elect Joe Biden have officially invited the Lesbian and Gay Band Association to march in the Inaugural Parade. One of the association’s web sites reports that the group will also march in September as part of the homosexual “Southern Decadence” festival infamous for its public lewd acts.

Young people protest for the unborn on Constitution's anniversary

Dec 10, 2008 - 03:52 pm .- As Spain celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Constitution, a group of young people has covered the monument to the Constitution in Madrid with white crosses in reparation for the thousands of legal abortions that have taken place in the country despite the fact that the Magna Carta defends respect for life from conception to natural death.

Vatican Christmas tree to be lit this weekend

Dec 10, 2008 - 11:38 am .- Officials have announced that on Saturday the Vatican’s Christmas tree will be lit in St. Peter’s Square.  The tree, donated by a group from Austria, that will meet with the Pope later this week, stands at 108 feet and is decorated with over 2,000 ornaments.

The sacraments change our bodies and souls, Pope Benedict explains

Dec 10, 2008 - 11:37 am .- The Paul VI Hall held around 5,000 faithful this morning, who listened to Pope Benedict unfold St. Paul’s teaching on the sacraments. When people receive the sacraments, he explained, they encounter the Spirit of Jesus in a way that changes their spirit and their body.

Benedict XVI to visit tomb of Padre Pio in May

Dec 10, 2008 - 10:52 am .- On the feast of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, officials announced that Pope Benedict XVI will visit three Italian dioceses next year, including the diocese where San Giovanni Rotondo is located, the burial place of St. Pio de Pietrelcina or “Padre Pio.”

Kansas district attorney not defeated in case against Planned Parenthood

Dec 10, 2008 - 06:02 am .- Major news sources have misreported a Kansas Supreme Court decision in a case involving a county district attorney who is investigating allegations of malfeasance at Planned Parenthood. Reports have incorrectly claimed that the district attorney lost his case.

Western aid agencies importing their ideas of family to Africa, says official

Dec 10, 2008 - 04:53 am .- An official with the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has called on industrial nations to do more for the family and for the protection in human life in Africa, charging that most Western aid programs promote a concept of the family that is foreign to Africans.

FOCA remains a threat, Russell Shaw warns

Dec 10, 2008 - 01:51 am .- Catholics concerned about pro-life issues should not believe suggestions that President-elect Obama is interested in finding common ground with them, Russell Shaw has argued in a recent edition of Our Sunday Visitor Newsweekly. In particular, Shaw warned that the legislative prospects of the radically pro-abortion Freedom of Choice Act should not be underestimated.

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