Archive of May 30, 2007

Zimbabweans praying for a break from oppression

May 30, 2007 - 02:51 pm .- Zimbabweans are praying for an end to the "autocratic" and "brutal" regime of President Robert Mugabe that has brought untold suffering to the country, says outspoken Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube of Bulawayo."There is a lot of prayer in Zimbabwe right now - praying of the rosary, night prayers to Our Lady for the country...

Catholic Ugandan radio station receives award

May 30, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- A Catholic radio station in rural Uganda has won the admiration of an international panel of judges for contributing "significantly to knowledge and development in the area."

Thousands ask Postal Service for 10 Commandments stamp

May 30, 2007 - 11:48 am .- At a news conference today at the National Press Club, a coalition of groups headed by the Washington, DC based Faith and Action will publicly ask Postmaster General John Potter to issue an official Ten Commandments U.S. Postage Stamp.

Catholic university launches website analyzing ethical aspects of medical research

May 30, 2007 - 11:42 am .- The Bioethics Observatory of St. Vincent the Martyr Catholic University in Spain has launched a new website providing analysis on medical research and developments including human cloning, euthanasia, experimentation with embryos and stem cells.

Spanish health care professionals teach families how to deal with loved ones battling cancer

May 30, 2007 - 11:37 am .- The Viktor E. Frankl Association in Valencia (Spain) has gathered together a group of psychologists, doctors and nurses for a seminar this Wednesday for families who are dealing with the disease of cancer in a loved one

Spirituality of tithing means giving back to God what is His, says Venezuelan archbishop

May 30, 2007 - 11:31 am .- In his homily during Mass at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, Archbishop Ubaldo Santana of Maracaibo (Venezuela) said “the spirituality of thankfully giving back” that is, tithing, consists in giving back “that which belongs to God.”

Brazil subsidizes contraceptives as births drop

May 30, 2007 - 11:23 am .- According to, the government of Brazil announced Monday a plan to provide artificial hormonal contraceptives to the public at a discounted cost in drug stores across the country. Brazil’s socialist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told media that the plan will give poor Brazilians “the same right that the wealthy have to plan the number of children they want.”

Archbishop calls decision to shut down Radio and Television Caracas Chavez’s “biggest political mistake”

May 30, 2007 - 10:51 am .- In statements on Union Radio, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, who is vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, said the decision to close Radio Caracas Television was “the biggest political mistake” of President Hugo Chavez, and he said it has wounded all Venezuelans.

Strength and experience of movements will be important in Great Continental Mission

May 30, 2007 - 10:48 am .- The president of the committee charged with drafting the final document at the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, Archbishop Jorge Enrique Carvajal, said Tuesday the strength, capacity and experience of the movements would be essential for the Great Continental Mission.

Humility is the mark of a theologian

May 30, 2007 - 09:55 am .- Speaking about the theologian Tertullian at the general audience today, Benedict XVI offered his insights on the necessity of humility for being a theologian.

Parents of Madeline McCann meet with Pope Benedict

May 30, 2007 - 09:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI compassionately held the hands of the parents of 4-year-old Madeleine McCann, blessing them and a photo of the girl at the Wednesday audience today. The couple, who is Catholic, went to ask prayers for their daughter who disappeared while the family was vacationing in Portugal.Thirty two thousand people were present at the general audience, but the pope took time to meet with Gerry and Kate McCann. "He was very kind, very sincere," Kate McCann told a packed news conference.

Pope: Christianity Always Enters Into Dialogue with the Culture of Its Time

May 30, 2007 - 09:28 am .- In his general audience today, Benedict XVI resumed his series of catecheses on leading figures of the early Church, turning his attention to Tertullian. He is known as the first great Christian author to write in Latin and was born in Carthage around the year 150. Addressing a throng of 32,000 people gathered for the audience, the Pope noted how Tertullian, "yielded vital fruits that it would be inexcusable to undervalue." His influence extended "from language and the recovery of classical culture to the identification of a shared 'Christian soul' in the world and the formulation of new prospects for human coexistence."

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