Archive of November 16, 2009

Pope targets eliminating hunger as goal for Catholic Church

Nov 16, 2009 - 10:06 pm .- On Monday Pope Benedict XVI addressed a gathering at the World Summit on Food Security in Rome, calling hunger “the most cruel and concrete sign of poverty” and stating that “the Catholic Church will always be concerned for efforts to defeat hunger.”

Catholic writer explains conversion, discusses new book

Nov 16, 2009 - 08:36 pm .- The only writer to have interviewed two Popes: John Paul II and then-Cardinal Ratzinger, has just released his latest book, “Why I Believe.”  In it, Vittorio Messori explains how he went from being an agnostic to becoming one of the most prestigious Catholic apologists of his day.

Midwest Catholic-Muslim dialogue meets in Milwaukee

Nov 16, 2009 - 07:38 pm .- Muslims and Catholics met at the Midwest Catholic Muslim Interreligious Dialogue in Milwaukee Oct. 25-27. There they discussed common concerns such as religion in the public square and efforts to maintain religious practice among younger generations.

Archbishop Dolan says 'Thank you Lord!' to Milwaukee appointment

Nov 16, 2009 - 06:32 pm .- After the Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Benedict appointed Bishop Jerome Listecki to head the Catholic Church in Milwaukee, Archbishop Timothy Dolan—who led that archdiocese until last February—said, “Today my prayer is simply: thank you Lord!”

Benedict XVI meets with Serbian, Czech heads of state

Nov 16, 2009 - 04:47 pm .- On Saturday, the Holy Father met with the president of Serbia and the prime minister of the Czech Republic.  With Serbian President Boris Tadić, the Holy Father discussed the country's bid to become part of the European Union.  Later, meeting with Czech Republic Prime Minister  Jan Fischer, the Pontiff emphasized the country's recent ratification of the Lisbon Treaty.

Cardinal George defends Church's right to speak on health care

Nov 16, 2009 - 04:36 pm .- In his opening address on Monday to the full assembly of the U.S. bishops, Cardinal Francis George, the president of the bishops' conference, insisted on the Church's right to speak on issues in the public debate, particularly health care reform. Remarking on the recent attempts to silence the bishops, he noted, “issues that are moral questions before they become political remain moral questions when they become political.”

Cardinal Schönborn’s visit to Medjugorje 'not a statement,' spokesman says

Nov 16, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn will visit Medjugorje, the small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where six young people have allegedly been witnesses of apparitions from the Virgin Mary. But according to the Archdiocese of Vienna, the trip is “completely private” and does not imply a statement from the cardinal on the veracity of the apparitions.

Well-formed conscience imperative to defense of life, says Holy Father

Nov 16, 2009 - 12:31 pm .- At the conclusion of their visit to Rome, Pope Benedict addressed members of Brazil’s National Conference of Bishops, inviting them to continue their evangelization efforts and emphasizing that the well-formed conscience brings about the absolute good of humanity.

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