Archbishop Nicholas Chia: More young priests needed in Singapore

Singapore, Nov.16,2007 (CINS/Singapore Catholic News) – Archbishop Nicholas Chia spoke about the vocation crisis faced in Singapore and many developed countries, where there is a serious shortage of priests, during the Day of Prayer for Vocations on Sep 29. During his homily at Mass at Church of St. Teresa, the archbishop highlighted to the some 200 people present, the need for young priests in Singapore and he urged parents to cultivate in their children an awareness of the various vocations present in the Catholic Church.The crowd included people of all ages from the various parishes. A large number of youths, diocesan seminarians and five priests were present.The Day of Prayer for Vocations is jointly organized by the Archdiocesan Vocation Tea ...Read More

Pakistan Bishop hopes for return to democracy

Karachi, Pakistan, Nov.16,2007 (CINS/totalcatholic) - A Pakistani Bishop has expressed hope for a return to democracy and said the country’s bishops will discuss the crisis at their upcoming meeting.Bishop Max Rodrigues of Hyderabad said: “We hope that the prevailing setback is short-lived and that democracy returns.”The Bishop said the members of the Pakistan Catholic Bishops’ Conference plan to review the ongoing crisis at their Nov. 23 meeting.“Meanwhile, the churches have been directed to pray for the country and its solidarity,” he said.General Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan's president, declared a state of emergency on November 3, arresting protesters and opponents and banning large ...Read More

Spanish divorces nearly double under new law

Madrid, Spain, Nov. 16, 2007 (CINS/CWN) - More than 126,000 divorces were granted in Spain in 2006, the newspaper El Mundo reports.That number represents a remarkable increase over the total from the previous year, when there were about 64,000 divorces recorded.In 2005, Spain's new socialist government liberalized laws governing divorce, and last year marked the first complete year under the new laws.The average marriage ended by divorce in Spain in 2006 had lasted 15 years. More than 51% of the divorces granted in 2006 involved parents of children.  ...Read More

He Leadeth Me

by Fr.Leon Pereira O.P.18 November 2007Thirty-Third Sunday of the Year (C)Readings:Malachi 4:1-2"For behold, the day comes, burning like an oven, when all the arrogant and all evildoers will be stubble; the day that comes shall burn them up, says the LORD of hosts, so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear my name the sun of righteousness shall rise, with healing in its wings. You shall go forth leaping like calves from the stall. 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 ...Read More

Catholics ethics institute sees risk and opportunity in monkey cloning annoucement

New York, Indian, Nov.16,2007 (CINS/Agencies) - The Westchester Institute, a Catholic ethics think-tank that has been deeply engaged in recent years in the stem cell debate, reacted with concern to the announcement, published online today in Nature , that Oregon-based scientist Shoukrat Mitalipov has successfully cloned monkey embryos and derived embryonic stem cells from them."This breakthrough is a double-edged sword," said Fr. Thomas Berg, Executive Director of the Westchester Institute. "Insomuch as research on cloned primates can provide basic biological insights into human disease and tissue growth, this is a golden opportunity. The risk lies in applying the cloning technique to humans. Such a pursuit, if successful, would be one of humanity's darkest endeavors."Fr. Thomas Berg is fami ...Read More

Future cardinal asks Iraqi president to guarantee teaching of Christian religion in schools

Rome,Italy, Nov. 16, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- The director of cultural affairs of the Patriarchate of Babylonia of the Chaldeans and the rector of Babel College, Auxiliary Bishop Jacques Ishaq, said this week Iraq’s President Talabani has promised Chaldean Patriarch Mar Emmanuel III Delly he will intervene to ensure that “Christian students will be able to take a test on the Christian religion at the end of the year,” which means that the faith will be allowed to be taught.In an interview with the Office for Migrant Ministry of the Archdiocese of Turin, Bishop Ishaq said, “The Iraqi educational system is based on an evaluation that is obtained by the sum total of the final grades in each subject.  In many schools, the only religious instruction is in the Islamic faith, and consequently, Christian students find it much more difficult to obtain grades similar to those of their Musl ...Read More

Cardinal O’Malley rebukes Democrats on abortion

Boston,U.S.A, Nov.16 , 2007(CINS/CNA).- The U.S. Bishops have issued their strongest condemnation yet of pro-abortion views with their “Faithful Citizenship” document issued yesterday. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston also has added his disapproval of pro-abortion candidates in comments to the Boston Globe saying that the support of Catholics for these politicians “borders on scandal”.Cardinal O'Malley voiced a sentiment that the bishops’ latest citizenship document includes, namely that, despite his differences with the Republican Party over immigration policy, capital punishment, economic issues, and the war in Iraq, he views abortion as the most important moral issue facing policymakers.Noting that many Catholics traditionally support Democrats, O’Malley reamed the Democratic Party for being “extremely insen ...Read More

Anti Christian violence peaks in India, fresh attack in Haryana

Mumbai, India, Nov.16,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Beaten and threatened by a group of Hindu fundamentalists, two young Christians saw their books and religious set alight.  According to their aggressors they were trying to convert the local population.  A refrain long used to justify all kinds of violence carried out on India’s Christian minority.  The event took place on November 14th in Naya Bazar, Bhiwani, Haryana State. Catholics human rights activists warn that the situation is worsening: between the summer and autumn of 2007 there has been a sharp rise in cases of abuse against Christians in particular in States governed by the fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).The Bhiwani ’“incident” is the latest in a long list.  The two young Baptist Christians were in a shop where they were showing their books to the owner, a member of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh [Rss, H ...Read More

Patriotic Associations blocks ordination of Bishop of Guangzhou, approved by the Holy See

Hong Kong, Nov.16,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – The ordination of a new bishop of Guangzhou may take place next December 3rd if the Patriotic Association does not postpone the appointment.  Msgr. Giuseppe Gan Junqiu, approved by the Holy See and Beijing as the new bishop of Guangzhou, has been waiting for over a year to take up his post.  The obstacle is the Patriotic Associations insistence that illicit bishops, not in communion with the pope are present at the ceremony.Msgr. Gan was elected by the diocesesan community of Guangzhou in November 2006. One month later he received Vatican approval, which was confirmed last September, but he has yet to receive the formal approval of the Council of Chinese bishops.  According to AsiaNews sources the reason lies in the Patriotic Association (which controls the council) and its desire to insert a couple illicit bishops, note in communio ...Read More

Today in Church History

1532 Pope Clemens VII tells Henry VIII to end relationship with Anna Boleyn 1980 Pope John Paul II began 5 day visit to West Germany ...Read More

Food for Thought: Seeking

If the soul is seeking God, its Lord is seeking it much more.- Saint John of the Cross (Living Flame of Love) ...Read More

La Repubblica : Pope Benedict's next encyclical arrives before Christmas

Rome, Italy, Nov 15, 2007 (CINS/CNA).- The Italian newspaper La Repubblica revealed today that Pope Benedict XVI has finalized his second encyclical on the subject of Christian hope, and that it should be published before Christmas, during Advent.Benedict’s first encyclical, “Deus Caritas est”, was signed on Christmas Day 2005 and by the following month had been published in eight languages. His second encyclical is tentatively titled "Spe Salvi” (Saved by Hope) and takes its inspiration from St. Paul’s letter to the Romans, the newspaper reported. The potential title comes from the 24th verse of the eighth chapter of St. Paul's letter, which reads: "Because we have been saved by hope."According to La Repubblica, the Holy Father wants to "reach the hearts of Christians and invite them to hav ...Read More

Interview with Fr. VM Thomas:Christ alone is the answer for the crises and challenges of Asia’s youths

An interview with Fr. VM Thomas, Executive Director, Don Bosco Institute DBI, who has just returned from a conference focusing on the next generation promoted by the FABCMumbai, India, Nov.15,2007 (CINS/AsiaNews) – Asian’s youth are feeling the consequences of today’s globalised world, they are in the midst of an identity crises and they risk becoming slaves to materialism and a system where values have been overturned; it is the Churches duty to help them understand the meaning of Christ’s Sacrifice and Resurrection, this discovery alone can give true meaning to their lives. This is the content of an interview given to AsiaNews by Fr. VM Thomas, Executive Director, Don Bosco Institute DBI, in the north western state of Guwahati. He was one of the speakers of the 2nd Bishops’ Institute for Lay Apostolate organized by FABC (Federation of Asian Bishops' Conference), Youth ...Read More

Catholic - Orthodox document on the nature of the Church

Vatican City, Nov. 15, 2007 (CINS/VIS) - Made public today was the final document of the plenary assembly of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue between the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Church. The meeting was held in the Italian city of Ravenna from October 8 to 14 under the presidency of Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and His Excellency Ioannis, metropolitan of Pergamo.   The title of the final document is: "Ecclesiological and Canonical Consequences of the Sacramental Nature of the Church. Ecclesial Communion, Conciliarity and Authority."  Commenting on the 46-paragraph-long text in an interview with Vatican Radio, Cardinal Kasper affirmed that "the document speaks of the tension between authority and conci ...Read More

Annual International Congress: Pastoral care in the cure of sick elderly people

Vatican City, Nov.14,2007 (CINS/VIS) - In the Holy See Press Office at midday today, the presentation took place of the annual international congress organized by the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, which has as its theme this year: "Pastoral care in the cure of sick elderly people." The congress will be held in the Vatican on November 15, 16 and 17.   Participating in today's press conference were Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, Bishop Jose Luis Redrado O.H. and Fr. Felice Ruffini M.I., respectively president, secretary and under-secretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care; Roberto Bernabei, director of the Department of Geronotological, Geriatric and Physical Sciences at Rome's Sacred Heart University; and Massimo Petrini, director of the Center for the Promotion and Development of Geriatric Assistance at the same university. ...Read More

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