Archive of May 30, 2006

Bishops of Ecuador: unwanted pregnancies not an excuse to legalize “emergency contraception"

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an official statement published Monday, the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador praised a ruling by the Constitutional Court—the equivalent in that country of the US Supreme Court—prohibiting the sale of the “morning-after pill and called the decision a “Yes to life.”

Eternal flame honoring John Paul II to be lit at Vatican grottos

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- ThisFriday an eternal flame in honor of Pope John Paul II will be lit atthe Vatican grottos, in a ceremony to be led by the Vicar General ofVatican City, Archbishop Angelo Comastri.

Cardinals exhort Mexicans to thwart fraud by showing up at the polls

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, exhorted Mexicans this week to vote to maintain the peace his country is currently enjoying and to thwart voter fraud by showing up at the polls on July 2.

Bishop faithful to Rome challenges Chinese government

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Wu Qinjing of Zhouzi, whose episcopal ordination was approved by the Holy See but was not recognized by the Catholic Patriotic Association of China, has challenged Chinese officials by presiding publicly at a ceremony at the diocesan cathedral. 

Catholic Relief Services joins $1.2-million Catholic aid to Indonesia

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has joined a $1.2-million emergency response plan that includes the Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis network and other Catholic agencies to provide assistance to the victims of Saturday's devastating earthquake in Indonesia.

Bishop Olmsted tackles sexual teachings in series of columns

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix is tackling the meaning of true humansexuality from a Catholic perspective in a series of columns, to be published in the diocesan paper, The Catholic Sun.

Blair to meet Pope and invite him to UK

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- British Prime Minister Tony Blair is expected to have his first papal audience with Pope Benedict XVI this weekend and to invite the pontiff to set a date for his first visit to the UK, the Telegraph reports.

Cardinal O'Malley leads “pilgrimage of atonement” for victims of sexual abuse

May 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Sean O'Malley is leading a novena of masses leading up to Pentecost to pray for forgiveness and healing for the sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Boston.

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