Archive of November 9, 2009

Scottish Archbishop says ‘transsexual Jesus’ play part of agenda to mock Christianity

Nov 9, 2009 - 09:54 pm .- The Archbishop of Glasgow has denounced a publicly funded play which portrays Jesus as a transsexual, saying it is a “provocative and offensive abuse” of Christian beliefs. He suggested the event is part of an agenda to “mock Christianity.”

Spanish pro-life leader says abortion still a concern in Spain

Nov 9, 2009 - 07:57 pm .- Speaking at the fourth International Pro-Life Congress which began on November 6, president of the Spanish Federation of Pro-Life Associations Alicia Latorre noted that abortion is the “gravest problem that Spain is facing”  and charged, “We will nto rest until there are no abortions.”

Florida lawmaker confident abortion restrictions will be stripped from health care bill

Nov 9, 2009 - 07:30 pm .- In a statement Monday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) asserted that the Stupak Amendment currently preventing federally funded abortions in the House health care bill will be removed.

Vatican daily remembers fall of Berlin Wall

Nov 9, 2009 - 06:51 pm .- In an article this week, the Vatican daily, L’Osservatore Romano, recalls the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which took place November 9 and 10, 1989.  The article also expresses the hope that “the memory of the evils of the past serve to avoid evils in the future.”

Pope Benedict recalls Paul VI's devotion to the youth

Nov 9, 2009 - 06:16 pm .- As part of his pastoral visit to Brescia, Italy, Pope Benedict stopped by the town of Concesio, where his predecessor Paul VI was born. He then continued on to the new headquarters of the Paul VI Institute where he gave a talk emphasizing his predecessor’s commitment to the youth and his challenge to them to follow Christ.

Crucifix is symbol of freedom, says Spanish bishop

Nov 9, 2009 - 02:10 pm .- The secretary general of the Spanish bishops' conference, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, lamented the recent ruling by the EU Court in Strasbourg, France that ordered Italy to remove crucifixes from school classrooms.  The crucifix is “a symbol of freedom,” he explained.

Portuguese bishops to discuss upcoming papal visit during assembly

Nov 9, 2009 - 01:25 pm .- The secretary general of Portugal's bishops' conference has released the schedule of the 173rd Plenary Assembly of the bishops, which will include a discussion on Pope Benedict's upcoming visit to Fatima in May 2010.

Living our baptism means staying united to the Church, Pope counsels

Nov 9, 2009 - 12:37 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI touched on the importance of the Sacrament of Baptism on Sunday, saying that “living our Baptism means remaining firmly united to the Church, even when we see her face darkened by certain shadows and stains.”

Provision for Anglicans published, celibacy question answered

Nov 9, 2009 - 12:33 pm .- Anglicans who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church received the path for doing so today as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) published the papal declaration “Anglicaoranum coetibus.” The document clears up questions about married priests and the power of the ordinariates' bishops among other issues.

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