Archive of November 20, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 20, 2006

German archbishop wins sports award reminds that human body should be treated as gift of God

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the tenth time Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg has received the golden award of German sports, and in response he said, “People should know that the body is a gift from God, and as such it should be given great care.”

President of Nicaragua signs pro-life law

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of Nicaragua, Enrique Bolanos, signed a new law last Friday that modifies the country’s Penal Code and outlaws abortion.

Catholics continue to flee discrimination in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The provincial superior of the Franciscans in Bosnia, Father Mijo Dzolan, said last week that because talks over reform of the post-war constitution of Bosnia-Herzegovina have collapsed, many Catholics have been forced to flee the country to escape discrimination.

Benedict XVI may have youth event during May Brazil trip

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Church officials in Brazil have informed CNA that Pope Benedict XVI is determining the final details of his travel to the South American country to attend next year’s 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, and they said the visit may include a massive gathering with young people in the city of Sao Paulo.

Pro-lifers urge Amnesty to keep neutral position on abortion

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three pro-life leaders are expected to hold a press conference today, asking Amnesty International to keep its neutral position on abortion, reported

Patriarch cautions Turks against violent protests during Pope’s visit

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians cautioned Turks, in an interview published in Sunday’s Sabah newspaper, against creating potential "unpleasant incidents" during Pope Benedict XVI's trip to Turkey next week.

Korean, Japanese bishops hope for episcopal meeting at East Asian level

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Japanese and Korean bishops gathered for their 12th Japanese and Korean Bishops' Interchange Meeting last week, but they hope their next meeting will include the bishops of from other East Asian countries, including China.

Bush prays with Christian worshippers in Vietnam, promotes religious freedom

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush joined Vietnamese Protestants and Catholics in prayer on Sunday at the Cua Bac Catholic Church in Hanoi.  He also made statements underlining the importance of freedom of worship.

Cloistered life bears witness that God is a support that never fails, Pope says

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Greeting the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of the importance of men and women joining the cloistered monastic life.  Those who accept such a vocation are a reminder that God provides an unfailing support in the midst of an uncertain world, the Pope said.

Cardinal Arinze tells bishops to change translation of "pro multis"

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Francis Arinze, the Vatican’s Prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, reportedly sent a letter to Church prelates worldwide, instructing them to adjust the translation of a phrase in the middle of the Catholic Mass’s words of consecration.  The translation of the expression “pro multis” is to be changed to read “for many” rather than “for all,” as it currently appears.

Pope Benedict reminds German bishops reforms must come from heart of Church

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with a second group of German bishops, in Rome for their “ad limina” visit, Pope Benedict XVI reminded that, in the light of decreasing numbers of priests, any reforms undertaken by the bishops should be “in full harmony with the Church’s teaching on the priesthood.”

Music harmonizes our interior selves, Pope says after concert

Nov 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of a concert performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Quartet and offered in his honor by the President of Germany, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that music has the power to bring harmony to the inner being of man.