Archive of June 2, 2006

Top Vatican official says Church in China seeks freedom, not privileges

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s top foreign-policy official told Italian reporters this week the Catholic Church in China is not seeking privileges, but rather freedom to exercise its internal affairs.

Colombian bishops back peace talks

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, said this week the Church is willing to serve as facilitator in the peace talks between the government and the different rebel groups, but he said the process needs to move forward with greater prudence.

Brazilian bishop says to be Catholic in name only not enough

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a recent visit to the international headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need, Bishop Manoel dos Reis de Farias of Patos, Brazil, said he was pleased by the large numbers of Catholics in his diocese, but he warned, “To be Catholic by name is not enough.”

Mexican cardinal says Catholic Church unfazed by attacks

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Confirmation ceremony this week, the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñíguez, said the Church will remain firm until the end of the world because she has the protection of the Holy Spirit.

EMS volunteer cleared of charges of bias against homosexuals

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Truro Fire Department Board of Fire Engineers cleared all charges of bias that were filed against an EMS volunteer because he had signed a petition against same-sex marriage.

Theater actors want John Paul II as patron saint

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While the canonization process for Pope John Paul II is in its earliest stages one group is all ready calling to make St. John Paul their own.  Some Italian theater actors are saying they would like John Paul to be named their patron.

Las Vegas Catholic school fires homosexual teacher

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic high school in Las Vegas has fired a teacher for being in contradiction with the teaching of the Catholic Church, reported the Las Vegas Sun.

Continued growth for Australian seminaries

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The number of seminarians in Australia has sharply increased in recent years and Church officials are attributing it to effective leadership, challenging spiritual and academic formation and a focus on shaping “good and holy priests,” says an article by Michael Gilchrist in the June issue of AD2000.

Missionary activity flows from love Benedict says

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI released today a message in preparation for the upcoming 80th World Mission Day which will be celebrated on October 22nd this year.  Benedict shared through his theme, "Charity, Soul of the Mission," his insistence that all missionary activity is animated by first entering into a communion of love with God. 

Pope calls future Vatican diplomats to sanctity

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking this morning to candidates for the diplomatic service of the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged devotion to the Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. 

Journalists to be communicators inspired by the Gospel Pope says

Jun 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received a group of 1,200 journalists and technicians from the communications media group run by the Italian Bishops Conference (CEI).  The Holy Father lamented an attempt by many in Europe to erase ties to Christianity and encouraged the journalists to be steadfast in their work.

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