Archive of November 1, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 1, 2007

Morning-after pill is no cure and kills a human being, Italian expert says

Nov 1, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The president of the Catholic Union of Italian Pharmacists, Pietro Uroda, explained that the morning after pill is “a sort of hormonal bomb” that “cures nothing.”  “It is a pharmaceutical product that is for killing an eventual embryo” that is already a human being.Uroda made his comments in the wake of statements by Pope Benedict XVI defending the right to conscientious objection of pharmacists who refuse to sell the morning after pill.  Uroda said he himself is a conscientious objector and that he “has never sold the abortion pill.”

Byelorussians commemorate 70th anniversary of holocaust ordered by Stalin

Nov 1, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Byelorussians are commemorating the 70th anniversary of the holocaust ordered by Stalin at the Gulag (the Russian concentration camps), which took the lives of 800,000 Catholics, many of whom were martyrs.

Italian dioceses exchanges Halloween for vigil invoking Holy Spirit

Nov 1, 2007 - 10:51 am .- Catholics in the Italian Diocese of Prato are convinced that it is not proper for Christians to celebrate Halloween and that the night could be an occasion for Satanic acts. Therefore they met at a local church for Eucharistic adoration instead.

Archbishop to publish history of missionaries and interreligious cooperation in India

Nov 1, 2007 - 10:17 am .- An archbishop in southern India hopes to inspire young Catholics with a book on the history of Christian missions and missionaries in his area.

Abortion legalization in Mexico City motivates pro-life activists

Nov 1, 2007 - 10:15 am .- The six months of legalized abortion in the nation's capital of Mexico City have triggered significant Mexican pro-life efforts to oppose abortion and to help pregnant women.

Pope to meet with King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia next week

Nov 1, 2007 - 10:10 am .- Pope Benedict will meet with Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah next Tuesday for the first time in history, Reuters reports. The talks are expected to center on the freedom of Christians in the Middle Eastern country and dialogue between Muslims and Christians. 

Norwegians prepare for World Youth Day on-line

Nov 1, 2007 - 09:58 am .- The many preparations necessary for World Youth Day 2008 are causing some organizers to utilize the internet to reach the youth.  Father Reider Voith, head of the youth pastoral office of the diocese of Oslo, explained Norway Catholics' internet efforts in an interview with Servizio Informazione Religiosa (SIR).

Draft of English translation of Missal completed

Nov 1, 2007 - 09:55 am .- The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) is releasing the draft of the English translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal to bishops in English-speaking countries today.

“To be holy is the task of every Christian, of every man,” says Pope Benedict

Nov 1, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Marking today’s Feast of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI said that striving after holiness is not the calling for a select few, but rather the task for all Christians and all men. The Holy Father recalled that in the early days of Christianity "Church members were called 'saints'," and that Christians are made holy by Baptism because “it binds him to Jesus and His Paschal mystery, but at the same time he must also come to become conformed to Him more closely."  

New Abbot at Saint Leo Abbey

Nov 1, 2007 - 08:00 am .- The Monastic Community of Saint Leo Abbey joyfully announces the election of Father Isaac Camacho, O.S.B. as their Sixth Abbot.

High school ministry in action: “God blessed me in one of the most beautiful ways”

Nov 1, 2007 - 08:00 am .- On a recent retreat, the Bishop Machebeuf High School junior boys were granted a deep encounter with Christ. The retreat was held at Our Lady of the Pines Catholic Church in Conifer. The parish generously let the juniors have unhindered use of its facilities for the weekend, which they were able to take full advantage of.