Archive of May 15, 2006

Vatican denies alleged “scandal” of official and announces it will take legal action

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Press office of the Vatican released a strong message this Sunday Morning, strongly denying charges of a scandal, in which a Priest, part of the Vatican Secretary of State would be involved.

Benedict XVI recalls miraculous saving of Pope John Paul II in assassination attempt

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the Sunday Angelus he presided over this morning, Pope Benedict recalled today the apparitions in Fatima and the prophecy uttered by the “Lady of White Light” to the shepherds: “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph.”  He recalled as well the miraculous saving of his predecessor John Paul II by “the intervention of a maternal hand.”

Believers are called to open their arms and hearts to everyone, whatever their country of origin, says Pope

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “Christians must particularly open their hearts to the lowliest and the poorest, in whom Christ Himself is especially present,” Pope Benedict XVI declared as he received this morning the participants in the plenary session of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant peoples.

Korean Catholic Church launched administrative streamlining of Korean dioceses through computer software

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A software program to set all the parishes of South Korea in a network and to streamline their administrative management has been launched last week with the support of the Woori Bank who will manage the network.

City officials in Croatian city tell tourists to cover up

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Croatian city of Vrbnik on the island of Krk has decided to do something about the bikini-clad tourists that have become a common sight in the city’s historic section. City officials have made Vrbnik the first city in the Adriatic region to establish a “chaste zone.”

Spanish bishops decry European resolution on homophobia as excuse to legitimize same-sex couples

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The executive committee of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference has warned against a recent resolution from the European Parliament condemning homophobia and rejecting discrimination against homosexuals, that could threaten marriage and the entire social order in Europe.

Pro-life groups in Colombia prepare legal challenges against high court ruling legalizing abortion

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two pro-life associations in Colombia have expressed their rejection of a ruling by the country’s Constitutional Court legalizing abortion in certain cases and said they are committed to preparing legal challenges to overturn the unjust decision.

Argentinean lawyers reject AIDS prevention manual for students

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Corporation of Catholic Lawyers in Argentina has rejected the distribution of a manual on AIDS prevention to 11 year-old students, saying it would expose children to various forms of promiscuity without their parents’ knowledge.

Euthanasia Bill defeated in British House of Lords

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The British House of Lords voted 148-100 against a measure that would have legalized assisted suicide in the European nation. The vote is a huge victory for pro-life advocates, disability groups and doctors who campaigned together to stop the bill from becoming law.

State church installs bishop, ordained without Vatican consent in 2000

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- China's state-approved Catholic Church welcomed the installation Sunday of another bishop who was not approved by the pope, exacerbating Beijing's already strained relations with the Vatican.

Catholic grade-schoolers cut their locks for a cause

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Eight third-graders and their teacher at All Saints School in Kansas City made a special field trip to a hair salon last month. It wasn’t a fashion stop but a chance to “pay it forward” and to express their faith in a concrete way.

South Korea indicts scientist for stem-cell fraud

May 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cloning scientist Hwang Woo-suk was indicted Friday on charges of fraud, embezzlement and bioethics violations in a scandal over faked stem-cell research, reported the Associated Press.

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