Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/31/2006



Vatican delegate addresses UN on religious freedom
The Vatican's permanent observer at the UN made a plea for recognition of religious freedom. Read further by clicking here.
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Nicaraguan lawmakers approve abortion ban
Nicaragua's parliament has approved legislation banning nearly all abortions. Read further by clicking here.
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Brazilian cardinal to head Congregation for Clergy?
Cardinal Claudio Hummes of Sao Paulo, Brazil, may soon be named by Pope Benedict XVI as the new prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. Read further by clicking here.
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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/17/2006



Counter-terrorism measures need to protect human rights: Holy See
Effective counter-terrorism measures should serve not sacrifice the protection of human rights, the Holy See representative told the United Nations this week. Read further by clicking here.
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Spanish court strips diocese of $40 million inheritance
A Spanish court has ordered an archdiocese in northern Spain to hand over a $A40 million inheritance from two rich, childless widows. Read further by clicking here.
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The scientific case for Catholic sexual ethics
The Catholic Church has taken more heat over its teachings about sex than any other topic. You may be surprised then to learn that modern science is on the Church’s side. Read further by clicking here.
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Challenges of Christian Converts From Islam
Converts from Islam to Christianity pose a challenge for governments to ensure freedom of religion -- and their witness is also a challenge to the Church itself. Read further by clicking here.
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New York priests back Cardinal Egan
The Priest's Council of the Archdiocese of New York met for two hours yesterday with Cardinal Edward Egan to discuss with him a highly critical, anonymous letter. Read further by clicking here.
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Faith Schools Required to Admit Pupils from Wider Community

Under legislation being put forward by the Government on Tuesday, new faith schools in England will be required to admit at least 25 per cent of pupils from the wider community. Read further by clicking here.
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Worldwide Christian Community Shocked as Priest Beheaded in Iraq

The Christian community has been dismayed to learn that the beheaded and dismembered body of Father Boulos Iskander, 59, a Syrian Orthodox priest, was found in a suburb of Mosul, Iraq, last week. Read further by clicking here.
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Sunday, October 15, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/15/2006



Indian Dalits in mass conversion to Buddhism and Christianity
In a protest against anti-conversion laws introduced by several Indian states, over 9,000 Indigenous Dalits were received into the Buddhist and Catholic faiths in mass ceremonies in the central city of Nagpur over the weekend. Read further by clicking here.
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Stay faithful, Nicole Kidman hints at husband
In Rome at the weekend for the world premiere of her latest movie, Catholic film star Nicole Kidman told reporters that she has "pretty strict ideas about sexual fidelity". Read further by clicking here.
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Muslim scholars engage Benedict in dialogue
Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from around the world have delivered an unprecedented open letter to Pope Benedict pointing out errors in his Regensburg speech. Read further by clicking here.
Point of View
I am tired of the Muslim Clerics and their demands that the Pope apologise for merely speaking the Truth! If the Islamic Clerics find the truth so abhorrent no wonder there are so many be-headings. I have yet to see Pope Benedict or my fellow Catholics become violent.
Islam cannot say that their religion is a 'religion of peace' when they be-head anyone who has a different point of view!
As for Aljazeera they should win the Joseph Goebells award for the best propoganda which bears NO semblence of the truth! When will these Mulsim Clerics actually have the backbone to stand for the truth and condemn acts of terrorism? I wont hold my breath!
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Spring of the Latin rite
The freeing up of the old rite is likely to have a powerful impact on Australian Catholicism and on the broader culture, although it's unlikely to be noticeable immediately. Read further by clicking here.
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Friday, October 13, 2006

Catholic News and Current Events 10/13/2006


Pope Benedict XVI is set to revive the Latin version of the Roman Catholic Mass, issuing a papal decree that could restore traditional forms of worship that fell out of favor 40 years ago, according to an Italian news report.

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Thousands of people, many of them expectant mothers, are expected to descend this weekend on St. Lucy's Roman Catholic Church for the Feast of St. Gerard, a colorful, spiritual 107-year-old tradition that starts tonight.

St. Gerard is widely revered by Catholics as a protector of aspiring and expectant mothers.

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Pope Benedict reminded Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi that the Vatican strongly defends the traditional family and ethics in scientific research when they held their first official talks on Friday.

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The Catholic Church and the Church of England have found themselves on opposite sides of the fence on the debate over Government proposals to offer cohabiting couples the same rights as married ones.

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Cardinal Peter Erdo, president of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences in Europe (CCEE), pointed to some cardinal changes in religious life in Russia.

In his interview to Svet Evangelia, a Catholic newspaper in Russia, he said that along with a discussion (at the recent CCEE assembly in St. Petersburg - IF) on problems very important for all Europe, some Western bishops discovered a new reality. It is the rapidly developing Catholic Church in Russia, overcrowded churches, a living faith and sincere devotion.

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Thirty-eight Muslim scholars and chief muftis from numerous countries have accepted Pope Benedict XVI’s apology for his remarks on Islam, the editor of a Muslim journal said today.

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Pope Benedict XVI held talks with the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in a strictly private meeting here Friday.

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Pope Benedict XVI has said that he would “be a strong, constant voice against anti-Semitism,” during a private audience with Jewish American leaders on Thursday in Rome.

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The Vatican is preparing to publish Pope Benedict XVI's biggest book to date: "Complete Teachings, Vol. I."

But the pope's writings are also finding their way into more bite-sized volumes that are enjoying unusual popular success, according to the Vatican publishing house, Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

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The (Missouri) bishops clarified the Church’s teachings: Opposition to Amendment 2 does not mean opposition to moral methods of scientific research and therapies. "We support the aggressive pursuit of stem-cell research which respects the moral law and has genuine promise," they wrote.

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Mexican Bishop Rafael Guízar y Valencia was known as "the bishop of the poor," selling his bishop's cross and ring and ministering to the needy during a time of persecution around the Mexican Revolution.

Now, nearly 70 years after his death, Guízar y Valencia is set to receive the highest honor in the Catholic Church: He's to be canonized Sunday into sainthood by Pope Benedict XVI. He'll become the first official Catholic saint ever to have visited San Antonio.

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An Indiana nun once banished from her congregation by a bishop will be proclaimed a saint tomorrow, providing a model of virtuous life to America's Roman Catholics.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/11/2006



Benedict expected to restore availability of Latin Mass
The Pope is expected to issue a "motu proprio", a legal issued on his own initiative, that will address the concerns of "various traditionalists". Read further by clicking here.
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"Ice" isn't cool, Catholic youth worker warns
Over 73,000 mostly young Australians are already dependent on cheap, widely available "ice" or crystal methamphetamine. Read further by clicking here.
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More young Christian women abducted, raped in Iraq
Young Christian women are among the preferred targets of Iraq's growing abduction problem. Read further by clicking here.
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IRAN: DIPLOMATS TOLD POPE BENEDICT XVI WANTS 'WAR' WITH ISLAM

Several speakers at a conference hosted by Iran's foreign ministry have claimed Pope Benedict XVI wants a "war" against Muslims and that documents exist proving he had once supported Adolf Hitler's Nazi policies. Read further by clicking here.

NOTE: The Muslims fail to recognize, or are in a constant state of denial regarding the fact that there is more violence and war involving Muslim against Muslim, than Christian against Muslim all over the world. Besides, Iran has to try to stir up the Iranian people in order to draw attention away from the arrest there of a reformation cleric, who does not believe that religion has no place being involved in politics.
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Church backs legal rights for parents who live in sin
The Church of England yesterday backed proposals to give millions of unmarried couples who are "living in sin" similar legal rights to their married counterparts. Read further by clicking here.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/10/2006




Bishops say proposed cloning laws are contempt for life
Australia's bishops say that open slather on human embryo research is not the way forward. Read further by clicking here.
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Disarmament, not armaments: Vatican on North Korea
Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, says the Holy See is in favour "not of armaments, but of disarmament and peace". Read further by clicking here.
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Australian Fears of ritual killing over Christian conversion
A Bangladeshi-born recent immigrant is under police guard following the killing of the man's wife in what some sources fear was a ritual killing over plans by the couple's daughter to convert to Christianity. Read further by clicking here.
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Vatican Museums open spectacular archeological find
The Vatican Museums will open a new section of the Roman necropolis on October 12, promising visitors a "little Pompei" at the site on the Via Triumphalis. Read further by clicking here.
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Canadian bishops urged to preach on sin, Confession
Pope Benedict XVI cited the "loss of a sense of sin" in modern society. Read further by clicking here.
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Women's group dismisses Ms magazine abortion roster

Ms. magazine, which recently publicized a listing of women who announced that they had procured an abortion. Read further by clicking here.
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Two Catholics arrested for blasphemy against the Qur’an
James Masih and Buta Masih, both 70, are accused of burning some pages of the Qur’an. The two illiterate men are jailed despite the lack of witnesses. Read further by clicking here.
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Saturday, October 07, 2006

Catholic News & Current Events-10/6/2006




Pope warns theologians against serving public opinion
Pope Benedict XVI warned theologians against serving "the dictatorship of common opinion. Read further by clicking here.
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UN "sleepwalking" on disarmament Says Vatican
The Vatican envoy at the UN has accused the international body of "sleepwalking" on the issue of nuclear disarmament. Read further by clicking here.
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Over 350 Indians of all castes convert to Christianity
Around 350 Hindus coming from all social castes converted to Christianity. Read further by clicking here.
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Spanish bishop says dialogue not possible with extremists
Two European bishops have drawn a line in the sand over Muslim reaction to Pope Benedict's controversial Regensburg remarks. Read further by clicking here.
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Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Clergy warned male God may promote violence



CHURCH of England leaders have warned that calling God "He" encourages men to beat their wives, a British newspaper has reported.

The Daily Mail said churchgoers had been told to think twice before referring to God as "He" or "Lord" because of dangers it could lead to domestic violence.
New guidelines for bishops and priests reportedly warn the clergy to reconsider the language they use in sermons and ensure the hymns they sing don't foster the oppression of women.
The guidelines, entitled Responding to Domestic Abuse, advised that Biblical violence "in combination with uncritical use of masculine imagery, can validate overbearing and ultimately violent patterns of behaviour", The Daily Mail said.
Plymouth vicar Rod Thomas, a spokesman for the evangelical Reform movement, said according to The Bible, God had female and male characteristics, but it was not inhibited about referring to God as male.
"There is a danger that this document has veered too much towards political correctness," he told the paper.
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*Point of View*

The Anglican Church has gone from the truly ridiculous to the bizarre in their latest attempt to de-god God. Unfortunately to the minds that be or in this case the mindless in their attempt to make God more relevant and 'mainstream' they have instead succeeded in making themselves look totally idiotic.

Let us hope that with this latest bit of religious nonsence that more Anglicans will leave this lukewarm religion and return to their roots which lay within the embrace of the Catholic Church.

God has no need of 'spin' doctors so He can appeal to the masses or to the overtly feminist agenda, which is the KEY element in this nonsensical piece of political correctness.

Where will this silliness end? Will Jesus find himself a transgender lest another segment of society feels themselves marginalized?

The Church of England has truly become a very irreverent irreligious barmy army of political correctness!

Catholic News & Current Events-10/3/2006



British prelates angered by BBC attack on Pope
Church officials in Great Britain have sharply criticized a BBC program on clerical abuse. Read further by clicking here.
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Russian prelate disputes role of Ecumenical Patriarch
The Russian Orthodox Church has lodged a serious objection to the notion that the Patriarch of Constantinople is the worldwide leader of the Orthodox faith. Read further by clicking here.
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Turkish hijackers trying to stop papal visit
Hijacking marks a new stage in attempts to stop papal visit to Turkey. Turkish papers today report al-Qaeda’s death threats against any Muslim who dares meeting Benedict XVI. Read further by clicking here.
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Limbo under threat from Vatican theologians
Rome reports indicate that the Holy See's International Theological Commission is examining the notion of limbo. Read further by clicking here.
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