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2011-01-06 12:10:00

Pope Benedict said on Thursday that God was behind complex scientific theories like the Big Bang, and Christians should reject the idea that the universe came into being by accident. "The universe is not the result of chance, as some would want to make us believe," Benedict said on the day Christians mark the Epiphany, which is the day the Bible says the three kings reached the site where Jesus was born by following a star. "Contemplating it (the universe) we are invited to read something...

2010-12-21 15:37:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sought to clarify the pope's comments on condom use. "The statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today on condoms and what the pope did or did not say changes nothing about the significance of Pope Benedict's initial game-changing remarks. "In Light of the World Pope Benedict XVI...

2010-11-23 16:42:37

The International AIDS Society (IAS) cautiously notes the comments from Pope Benedict that condom use could, in specific circumstances, be acceptable, but calls on the Pope and the Catholic Church to come out clearly and strongly in support of all evidence-based methods of HIV prevention, including condom use. By implying that there can only be some exceptional circumstances that could allow for condom usage, such as that of male prostitutes, the Pope is ignoring scientific evidence that...

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2009-12-16 06:10:00

Pope Benedict gave a message on Tuesday, saying that it is time for the industrialized nations to own up to their "historic responsibility" in the current environmental crisis, improve efficiency and begin living more sober lifestyles. The message was for the Roman Catholic Church's annual World Day of Peace, to be marked on Jan 1, with the theme being "If You Want to Cultivate Peace, Protect Creation," reported Reuters. Traditionally, the message is sent to heads of state, government and...

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2009-06-29 06:05:00

Tiny bone fragments dated from the first or second century have been identified in a tomb in the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome. Pope Benedict made the announcement on Sunday, and also claimed the findings confirmed suspicions that it held the apostle's remains, Reuters accounted.  "This seems to confirm the unanimous and undisputed tradition that these are the mortal remains on the Apostle Paul," the pontiff said at St Paul's Outside the Walls, on the eve of the Feasts of St Peter and St...

2009-03-17 12:10:00

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued a response to Pope Benedict's statement on condom use. "As the pope traveled to Africa, he chose this moment to make what appears to be his first unequivocal statement opposing condom use. In an interview on the papal plane to Cameroon, the pope acknowledged the HIV/AIDS crisis but claimed that the distribution of condoms would not resolve the problem. In fact, he said, condom use...

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2008-01-31 19:15:39

Pope Benedict addressed members of the Vatican department of doctrinal matters Thursday, warning that practices such as freezing embryos, suppression of embryos in multiple pregnancies, embryonic stem cell research, and the prospect of human cloning and artificial insemination outside the body had "shattered the barriers meant to protect human dignity," according to a Reuters report.Benedict said that although the Church was not against scientific progress, it had a duty to defend the "great...

2006-09-06 05:40:00

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict has a thing for old hats, this time donning a wide-brimmed "saturno" for his weekly general audience in St Peter's Square on Wednesday. It was the first time the 79-year-old German pontiff has worn the red hat, known in Italian as a saturno because it is vaguely reminiscent of the ringed planet Saturn. Pope John XXIII, who reigned from 1958 to 1963, used a saturno and John Paul II, who died last year, wore one occasionally during trips to hot countries. It was...

2006-09-04 08:30:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS -- Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students plan to publish the proceedings of their weekend seminar on evolution to promote a dialogue between faith and science on the origins of life, participants said. The minutes, to be issued later this year, will show how Catholic theologians see no contradiction between their belief in divine creation and the scientific theory of evolution, they said after the annual closed-door meeting ended on Sunday. The...

2006-09-03 11:47:00

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor PARIS (Reuters) - Pope Benedict and his former doctoral students spent a weekend pondering evolution without discussing controversies over intelligent design and creationism raging in the United States, a participant said on Sunday. The three-day closed-door meeting at the papal summer residence of Castel Gandolfo outside Rome ended as planned without drawing any conclusions but the group plans to publish its discussion papers, said Father Joseph...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.