Food for Thought: Cross trembles the demons

Seal the Cross openly on your forehead and on your children's, so that the demons, seeing the royal sign, will tremble and flee.- St. Cyril of Jerusalem ...Read More

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Specail Police to protect Pope during World Youth Day

Sydney, Australia, Dec.13,2007 (CINS/Cathnews) - Special police powers similar to those during the APEC summit will be imposed in Sydney to protect Pope Benedict during his visit for World Youth Day.The Sydney Morning Herald reports body searches, vehicle confiscation and the right to ban people from WYD events will be some of the rights police will have – including control of air space and unauthorised advertising.The WYD Amendment Bill passed by the NSW Parliament grants the Church unrestricted access to Randwick Racecourse for the closing papal Mass, which the Church estimates will be attended by up to 500,000 international and Australian Catholic pilgrims.The bill also includes a controversial clause that can delegate power from Parliament to th ...Read More

Another anti-Christian movie “The Golden Compass"

By Archbishop Charles ChaputDenver, U.S.A , Dec.13,2007 (CINS/CNA) - When the first Harry Potter movie arrived in theaters several years ago, many Catholic families had divided views about the film. Some enjoyed it as an innocent and intriguing fantasy. Others avoided it because of its emphasis on magic. But the screen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book, “The Golden Compass,” which opened in Denver on Dec. 7, will likely produce far more agreement. No matter how one looks at it, “The Golden Compass” is a bad film. There’s just no nicer way to say it. I saw it at an 8:30 evening showing on Dec. 8. The theater was largely deserted. That may be a trend. While “The Golden Compass,” released by New Line Cinema, ranked No. 1 in box office revenues on i ...Read More

At 99, Marianist Brother Francis Deibel tells Old people not to be afraid of the computer

Ohio, U.S.A, Dec.13, 2007 (CINS/CNS) -- "Maybe I should be reading more," mused Marianist Brother Francis Deibel.The 99-year-old brother may have a point. Each day he spends up to four hours at his computer exchanging e-mails with more than 100 contacts."Lately I've been getting too many e-mails," added Brother Deibel, who thinks too many older people are afraid of technology and computers. "I try to open and read all of them, but sometimes they are too numerous."He begins his computer time by forwarding readings about the saint of the day. "I send this information to all my Marianist contacts," he said. He then spends hours answering personal e-mails and deleting junk e-mails. ...Read More

Lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree tomorrow at St.Peter's Square

Vatican City, Dec.13, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - Tomorrow evening, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo, president of the Governorate of Vatican City State, will preside at the official lighting ceremony of the Christmas tree which has recently been erected in St. Peter's Square. The tree stands next to the nativity scene, which is in the process of being constructed. The event, which is due to begin at 4 p.m., will be attended by civil and religious authorities from the region of Bolzano in northern Italy which donated this year's tree, a 140-year-old fir, 26 meters high, weighing more than three tons and decorated with 2,000 baubles. The nativity scene, which will be unveiled on the evening of December 24, has seventeen life-size statues. Of these, nine are the original figures donated by St. Vincent Pallotti for the nativity sce ...Read More

Death of Cardinal Alfons Maria,Pope's telegram of condolence

Vatican City, Dec.13, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - Pope Benedict XVI has sent two telegrams of condolence for the death, at the age of 97, of Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler S.D.B., archivist and librarian emeritus of Holy Roman Church: one to the late cardinal's brother and sisters, and another to Fr. Pascual Chavez Villanueva, major rector of the Salesian Society of St. John Bosco. The Holy Father describes the cardinal as a "sincere and zealous collaborator of the Holy See" who in all his duties "provided precious testimony of fervent faithfulness to Christ and to the Church." He also mentions the "cultural and ecclesial industriousness of the distinguished jurist and illustrious cardinal." The Holy Father has also sent a telegram to Cardinal Severino Poletto, archbishop of Turin, Italy, fo ...Read More

Pope greets seven new Ambassadors to the Holy See

Vatican City, Dec.13, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of seven new ambassadors to the Holy See: Chaiyong Satjipanon of Thailand, Alain Butler-Payette of Seychelles, Peter Hitjitevi Katjavivi of Namibia, Elizabeth Ya Eli Harding of Gambia, Urmila Joella-Sewnundun of Suriname, Barry Desker of Singapore, and Suhail Khalil Shuhaiber of Kuwait. The Pope addressed the diplomats as a group before greeting them individually and handing each a written copy of a speech concerning the specific situation in his or her own country. "Your function as diplomats," the Holy Father told them, "is particularly important in today's world, in order to show that in all situations of international life, dialogue must overcome violence, and the desire for peace and f ...Read More

Three months imprisonment for abandoning parents

New Delhi, India, Dec.13,2007 (CINS/CBCI News) - The Rajya Sabha in India (House of States) has passed on Dec. 6, the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Bill, 2007, providing for three months’ imprisonment for those who abandon their parents.The Lok Sabha (House of the people) has already passed the Bill.The Bill aims at correcting the withering of the joint family system, due to which, a large number of elderly were being abandoned to fend for themselves.“The Bill provides for three months jail term if children do not look after their old parents.The penal provision is meant to act as a deterrent,” said the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Meira Kumar. ...Read More

Archbishop of Lahore: Spe Salvi reminds Christians their role as messenger of hope

Lahore, Pakistan, Dec.13, 2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Benedict XVI’s new encyclical “is an outstanding message for the whole world in the present situation,” said Archbishop Lawrence John Saldanha of Lahore about the encyclical Spe Salvi “because our lives are full of depression.” The Pope “stressed that ‘hope’ should be a necessary act in our present life and we should not be depressed.”“These days,” the chairman of the Pakistan Catholic bishops Conference noted, “we should be certain that Christmas is a symbol of new life and hope because Jesus came to give us eternal life and light.”The document “reminds Christians of their role o ...Read More

Religious extremism growing in India, Catholic church demolished

New Dehli,India, Dec 13, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- The news agency Fides is reporting that 150 Hindu extremists have leveled the Church of Divine Mercy to the ground before its construction could be finished. On December 5 at about 7am a gang of about 150 extremists forced the workers to leave the premises and then began to destroy the building and the machinery for construction.Eyewitnesses told Fides that the mob shouted anti-Christian slogans and said they would "not tolerate Christian proselytizing”. When they had finished their destruction they warned the builders that if work started again, there would be another attack.The Catholic community has responded with shock and sadness to th ...Read More

Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., discussed his reaction to the shootings in Colorado

Denver, Dec 12, 2007 (CINS /CNA)- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., discussed his reaction to the shootings in Colorado, which ended in Colorado Springs’ New Life Church with four victims and their killer dead.  When asked if the shootings are a reflection of anything in the larger American society, Archbishop Chaput said the events should teach Americans to be less self-centered. “We can't as a country stay on our course of self-absorption, callousness toward the poor and weak, and consumer excess, and then pretend to be shocked when people lose their balance and lash out violently.  The farther away we get from our religious and moral identity, the fewer constraints we have on our choices and behaviors.  Violence happens when we lack the interest and conscience to understand the damage we can do to others.  That's the kind of society we're building.”The archbishop said he had wr ...Read More

Time Warner Digital Cable launches Familyland TV

Bloomingdale, Dec.12,2007 (CINS) - Familyland TV is one of fifteen family-friendly channels launched by Time Warner Digital Cable in an effort to meet the growing demand for wholesome programming. Familyland TV is part of a package called "Family, Faith & Values". Cost to subscribers is $2.99/month. If you have family or friends in San Antonio, please spread the word. The following channels are included: 1) Familyland TV 2) Catholic TV of San Antonio 3) EWTN (espanol) 4) FamilyNet 5) Daystar Network 6) INSP 7) TBN 8.) The Word Network 9) PBS Kids Sprout 10)Toon Disney 11)Nicktoons 12)Nick Too ...Read More

U.S. bishops' Committee:'Theologian's book could easily confuse or mislead the faithful'

Washington, Dec.12,2007 (CINS /CNS) - A Vietnamese-American theologian's 2004 book on religious pluralism contains "pervading ambiguities and equivocations that could easily confuse or mislead the faithful," the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine said in a Dec. 10 statement.Father Peter C. Phan's "Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue," published by Orbis Books, also contains "statements that, unless properly clarified, are not in accord with Catholic teaching," the committee said.In its 15-page statement, the committee said it undertook an evaluation of "Being Religious Interreligiously" at the request of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and "invited Father Phan to respond" to questions."Since Father Phan did not provide the needed clarifications, and since the ambiguities in the book concern matters that ar ...Read More

Meeting with Catholic and Muslim students

Vatican City, Dec.12,2007 (CINS /CNS) - Muslims living in predominantly Christian countries need to reach out to educate their neighbors about their faith and to join others in building more open and just societies, said two young American Muslim women. As part of a two-week speaking tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Zeenat Rahman and Aalaa Abuzaakouk spoke Dec. 10 to a group in Rome that included young Italian Muslims full of questions about how to promote acceptance in Italian society. The meeting with Catholic and Muslim students and a separate meeting with the press were coordinated by the U.S. Embassy to the Vatican. For many Muslims in the United States, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks brought the realization that most of their neighbors had no idea about what Islam taught or how the vast majority of Muslims lived, the young American women said. After the terrorist attacks, "I felt t ...Read More

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