Archive of October 5, 2010

Truly secular state cannot persecute religious faithful, argues Mexican archdiocese

Oct 5, 2010 - 10:09 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City is defending the right of Catholic clergy and members of the faith to voice their opinions about public issues, arguing that a true secular state does not persecute individuals who are guided by their faith.

Pope chooses Middle East Synod members

Oct 5, 2010 - 08:12 pm .- The Holy See released the names of those chosen as members, experts and auditors in the Synod for the Middle East, which is set to start next week. The synod will involve two weeks of discussions on the history, reality and future of the Church and the faithful in the region.

Over two million participants possible for 2011 World Youth Day

Oct 5, 2010 - 04:19 pm .- Preparations are being made with the possibility that more than two million young people might be in Madrid for World Youth Day next August. The week-long event will be divided between time for prayer and festivities.

Cardinals say WYD Madrid plans to confront relativism

Oct 5, 2010 - 02:53 pm .- The strength of World Youth Day 2011 will be its role in addressing the "great unrest" resulting from the confusion and a lack of reference points among youth today, said Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko in a Tuesday press conference. The Pope's theme for the international event aims to address the needs of young people while providing foundations in Christ.

Vatican health experts 'dismayed' by Nobel prize for IVF co-developer

Oct 5, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- The International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations has declared its disagreement with Prof. Robert Edwards being awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for his work in developing in vitro fertilization. The problems of infertility, the group said in an official statement, must be solved within an ethical framework which respects the dignity of the embryo as a human being.

Faith is strengthened through action, teaches Peruvian archbishop

Oct 5, 2010 - 11:57 am .- Archbishop Jose Antonio Eguren of Piura, Peru reminded the faithful participating in last week's pilgrimage for the feast of Our Lord of Ayabaca that faith is strengthened when it becomes action.

Pro-life group objects to Nobel honors for IVF co-inventor

Oct 5, 2010 - 06:08 am .- A British pro-life group has objected to the awarding of the Nobel Prize for Medicine to a co-inventor of in vitro fertilization on the grounds that the technique is an abuse of scientific knowledge and has caused the abuse and deaths of embryonic human beings.

Benedict XVI encourages evangelization in Amazon region

Oct 5, 2010 - 05:21 am .- The Pope told bishops from Brazil on Monday that the call to mission is a fundamental element of the vocation of all the baptized. Focused on the "nucleus" of the Eucharist, he said, the duty of the Christian is to "propose" the Gospel message and ensure its accessibility to all.

Pro-lifers decry University of Michigan's new embryonic stem cell line

Oct 5, 2010 - 02:50 am .- After the University of Michigan announced the creation of a new embryonic stem cell line, pro-life critics decried the move as “dishonorable,” arguing that human lives were destroyed for “unproven research.”

Our Sunday Visitor president sees challenges and hopes for US Catholic press

Oct 5, 2010 - 12:56 am .- The Catholic press in the United States faces the challenges of writing for a Catholic population with a weakening identity and a distrust of institutions, the president of Our Sunday Visitor publishing has noted. However, he sees causes for hope in new technologies and a new generation of writers and editors.

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