Archive of December 2, 2005

Italian bishops discourage mixed marriages

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Italy has issued a statement discouraging mixed marriages, especially between Catholics and Muslims, citing the numerous problems such unions pose for couples.

Venezuelan archbishop suggests postponing elections in wake of accusations of fraud

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, Venezuela, has called for the postponement of this Sunday’s elections in order to clear up any doubt about electoral fraud and to guarantee transparency in the process.

Papal preacher begins Advent meditations on modern-day faith in Christ

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict attended the first in a series of four Advent reflections given by well-known author and preacher to the papal household--Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa O.F.M Cap.

Pope Benedict could visit Poland in June 2006

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Krakow and former personal Secretary of Pope John Paul II, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz announced that Pope Benedict XVI could make a visit to the land of Pope Karol Wojtyla next June.

“Deus Caritas est,” might be the first Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Italian daily “La Stampa,” announced today that the Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical, that other source already mentioned it would be versed in the theme of Charity, could be released in the beginning of January, probably on January 6, the Solemnity of the Epiphany.

Hawaii high court says fetus not a person, reverses mother’s manslaughter charge

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the Hawaii state Supreme Court handed over a precedent-setting opinion, ruling that 32-year old Tayshea Aiwohi could not be convicted of killing her unborn child, because at the time, it was not a “person.”

Proponents of parental notification in California vow to try again

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Supporters of a parental notification bill have announced that they will start collecting signatures in late January or early February in hopes of getting the measure before voters again in the 2006 general election

Cardinal McCarrick urges Bush to protect the poor

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a private Oval Office meeting yesterday Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington urged President George W. Bush to ensure that trade negotiations taking place this month in Hong Kong protect the interests of the poor around the world.

Meeting between Pope, Russian Orthodox leader unlikely, says Vatican envoy

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A high-ranking Vatican envoy yesterday praised progress in the Holy See's cooperation with the Russian Orthodox Church, but indicated that its leaders will likely not hold a meeting any time soon.

Free contraceptives do not promote responsability, Colombian bishops warn

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda, warned this week that the free distribution of contraceptives by the government is not a way to encourage people to be responsible for their actions.

“Christmas is Jesus,” campaign will bring true sense of the feast to hundred thousands of poor children in Peru

Dec 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The “Christmas is Jesus” campaign which since 15 years is organized by the Christian Life Movement (CLM) has set itself the task to bring forth to 100 thousand children of the most poor parts of Peru the true meaning of this holiday.

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