Archive of December 1, 2009

Christian Life Movement begins 3rd plenary assembly in Ecuador

Dec 1, 2009 - 10:56 pm .- Some 250 delegates from 17 countries are participating in the 3rd Plenary Assembly of the Christian Life Movement, which is taking place December 1-8 in the Ecuadoran city of Guayaquil.  Others at the assembly include: Cardinal Estanislao Karlic, Archbishop Emeritus of Parana in Argentina; Founder of the CLM, Luis Fernando Figari, and the CLM General Coordinator, Eduardo Regal.

U.S. Ambassador pledges continued cooperation between USA and Vatican in global AIDS battle

Dec 1, 2009 - 09:14 pm .- Dr. Miguel H. Diaz, U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, calls the cooperation of the United States and the Church in the fight against AIDS "one of the most relevant in the global fight against the virus." This collaboration is credited with being able "to reach even poorest and most isolated areas of the planet."

Benedict XVI reminds theologians to be humble in their search for truth

Dec 1, 2009 - 06:45 pm .- During a Mass with members of the International Theological Commission, the Pope reflected on the virtues of both St. Damien of Molokai and St. Therese of Lisieux and also spoke of how humility leads theologians in their quest for truth.

Research abandoned on contraceptive vaccine to ‘immunize’ women against pregnancy

Dec 1, 2009 - 06:15 pm .- A leading contraceptive researcher has abandoned her attempts to create a vaccine that would render a woman “immune” from pregnancy. The Population Research Institute lauded the end of the research, which it said tried to make a woman’s body treat pregnancy as a disease.

First vote for same-sex 'marriage' approved in D.C.

Dec 1, 2009 - 04:39 pm .- On Tuesday, D.C. council members voted 11 to 2 in favor of a bill that will allow same-sex “marriage” in the nation's capital, a “tragic choice” says Catholic political advocate.

Kenyan conference calls for urgent methods of AIDS prevention

Dec 1, 2009 - 03:51 pm .- Participants at the Fifth Pan-African Youth Alive Education for Life Conference have called for urgent programs which address behavior change to fight HIV and AIDS.  Youth Alive founder Miriam Durgan stressed that each person has a “great responsibility” in the fight against AIDS.

Pope's December prayer intentions emphasize respect for children

Dec 1, 2009 - 02:58 pm .- Tuesday, the Holy See press office released the Holy Father's prayer intentions for the month of December.

Connecticut Court orders diocese to release documents in long-resolved sexual abuse cases

Dec 1, 2009 - 02:37 pm .- The Diocese of Bridgeport has been ordered to release thousands of documents connected to several sexual abuse cases settled in 2001 after their appeal was refused by the U.S. Supreme court.

Long Island religious sisters say apostolic visitation will be helpful

Dec 1, 2009 - 01:37 pm .- An order of Benedictine nuns living a life of prayer and care for the elderly on Long Island, New York says it welcomes the apostolic visitation investigating women’s religious institutes.

Same-sex ‘marriage’ support is overstated, New York Catholic Conference cautions state legislature

Dec 1, 2009 - 01:05 pm .- Responding to reports that the New York Senate could vote on same-sex “marriage” today, the New York State Catholic Conference noted that opinion polls “routinely overstate” support for the redefinition of marriage. The Conference argued that New York citizens do not want the legislature to redefine marriage.

Bible reading is central in conversions to Catholicism in Shangai, reports organization

Dec 1, 2009 - 12:04 pm .- Many conversions are taking place in Shanghai, China, in part thanks to the encouragement of Bible reading and youth outreach programs. One convert’s story began in a classroom encounter with Catholicism and led to the conversion of another young man he met while reading the Bible at McDonald’s.

Same-sex 'marriage' expected to be approved in D.C.

Dec 1, 2009 - 12:00 pm .- On Tuesday, Dec.1, council members in D.C. are expected to vote in favor of a bill that will legalize same-sex “marriage” in the nation's capital, a move that will potentially sever the partnership between the city and Catholic Charities.

AIDS orphans need meaning, not just medical assistance

Dec 1, 2009 - 10:50 am .- The Pontifical Mission of Austria reaffirmed its commitment to supporting victims of AIDS in a declaration sent to Fides News agency on Monday.  This year's letter from the mission casts light on the plight of orphaned children and promotes the objective of giving them dignity in life and in death.

Movie about Fatima released on DVD

Dec 1, 2009 - 10:15 am .- “The 13th Day,” a movie based on the memoirs of Sister Maria Lucia de Jesus, is being released today on DVD by Ignatius Press. The movie is a “dramatic and artistic presentation with a powerful message about what Our Lady requested at Fatima," said Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR, a Fatima expert.

Fall meeting of Catholic-Jewish dialogue focuses on witnessing

Dec 1, 2009 - 07:41 am .- The fall dialogue between the U.S. bishops and the National Council of Synagogues (NCS) of America Catholic and Jewish leaders took place in early November. Participants discussed their different views of witnessing, recent controversy over a bishops’ statement, and the situation of Christians in the Holy Land.

AIDS victims need effective compassion and a ‘message of conversion,’ Catholic Medical Association leader says

Dec 1, 2009 - 05:48 am .- The head of a Catholic medical organization says that World AIDS Day is a time to show “effective compassion” to those affected and to recall the Church’s leadership in helping AIDS victims. Lamenting the “unfair” criticisms of the Catholic response to AIDS, he advocated charity, scientific research and a “message of conversion” to combat the threat.

African bishops send World AIDS Day message: 'the Church is second to none in facing HIV in Africa'

Dec 1, 2009 - 04:32 am .- In light of World AIDS Day, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM)  released a statement in which the bishops noted the struggles Africa faces while highlighting the work the Church is doing “facing HIV in Africa and caring for people infected and affected.”

Spanish bishops say politicians who vote in favor of abortion are ineligible to receive Communion

Dec 1, 2009 - 04:02 am .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Auxiliary Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino of Madrid, said last week that Catholic politicians who vote in favor of abortion “must go to confession and publicly recant if they wish to receive Communion.”

Car safety researchers using ‘pregnant’ crash-test dummy to protect mothers and unborn

Dec 1, 2009 - 02:05 am .- Responding to an increasing number of women who continue to drive late in their pregnancies, car manufacturers are researching safety devices to help protect expecting mothers. The research includes a crash test dummy of a pregnant woman named MAMA 2B.

Crucifix is essential to European identity, say bishops of Poland

Dec 1, 2009 - 12:02 am .- The Bishops of Poland have joined in the chorus of outrage over a ruling by the EU Human Rights Court in Strasbourg that ordered all crucifixes be removed from schools in Italy.  The Polish bishops echoed the sentiments of numerous government officials from various countries, and even of one young Muslim writer.

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