Archive of July 1, 2005

Pope’s July prayer intentions focus outward, seek to build up culture

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Vatican announced Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intentions for the month of July, which reaffirm his often stated commitment of the Church to unapologetically and compassionately reach out to the world with the Gospel.

“We have witnessed the controlled demolition of marriage,” says Archbishop of Valencia

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, decried the “controlled demolition of marriage from within by the laws reforming the Civil Code,” and he warned that “the State has no right to demolish marriage from within.”

Supreme Court decision sparks plans for new Ten Commandments displays, legal confusion

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of this week’s Supreme Court ruling and a heated national debate on the use of religious monuments in public buildings, many Christian groups are excited about the possibility of new displays honoring the Ten Commandments.

Catechism does not support homosexual ‘lifestyle’, says cathedral rector

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The rector of St. Matthew Cathedral in South Bend disagrees with his fellow priest’s assertion that homosexual orientation is “a beautiful part of God's plan” and “a healthy act of God and nature.”

Toronto schools and social services to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Toronto has pledged that the archdiocese’s Catholic schools and social services “are committed to upholding Catholic teaching on marriage” after parliamentarians passed the same-sex marriage bill Tuesday.

First Catholic church in Qatar to open in 2006

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a move that marks the progress made regarding religious freedoms in some Islamic nations, the Gulf state of Qatar has offered land to various Christian churches to build places of worship. The first Catholic church in Qatar is expected to open in 2006, Fr. Justo Lacunza, rector of the Pontifical Institute for Islamic Studies in Rome told AKI.

Cardinal Martino laments approval of homosexual “marriage” in Spain

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, expressed his regret at the disregard for the will of the Spanish people displayed by the government of that country, which approved a measure on Thursday making homosexual unions equivalent to marriage.

Religious freedom in danger in Spain, Cuba and Colombia, report says

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A report on religious freedom in 2004 by Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) lists Spain, Cuba and Colombia as countries where religious freedom is in danger.

Former president calls for prayer, archbishop for justice, in Manila scandal

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Former president of Manila, Corazon C. Aquino called the entire nation this week, to prayer over the scandal and political turmoil caused by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who is charged with rigging last year’s election.

Faith building up science: Vatican observatory commences summer program

Jul 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Often mistakenly seen as conflicting entities, the Catholic Church is striving to build up the field of science as students from around the globe begin studies at this year’s summer session at the Vatican observatory south of Rome.

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