Archive of June 14, 2006

Pope calls St. Andrew a link to the Eastern Churches

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the life of St.Andrew the Apostle, brother of St. Peter, who, he said, is the embodiment of fraternity between the Church of Rome and the Eastern Churches. 

Dutch Priest to be named “Blessed” in Brazil

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Information Service announced today that Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, will read an Apostolic letter proclaiming Fr. Eutaquio Van Lieshout Blessed.  The proclamation will take place within a Mass to be celebrated at the Mineirao Statium in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.  

US House passes resolutions condemning religious persecution in China

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives on Monday approved three resolutions condemning China for their actions in the sphere of religion and human rights.

Democrats lead passage of pro-life bill in Louisiana

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yet another state has passed pro-life legislation that would prohibit abortion. Louisiana approved the bill yesterday and the governor is expected to sign it into law.

Cardinal McCarrick joins religious leaders in urging U.S. to ban torture

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Twenty-seven religious leaders, including Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, have signed a statement urging the United States to abolish torture immediately, reported the Washington Post.

Australia invalidates same-sex marriage law

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The government led by Australian Prime Minister John Howard has invoked rarely-used Commonwealth powers to repeal a law that would have been the country’s first to recognize same-sex marriage.

Archbishop says peace process in Colombia to continue under same conditions

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, said this week peace talks between the government and the Marxist rebels of FARC will continue held under the same conditions, and he expressed his hope that the guerrilla leaders would adopt a new attitude to help bring to the two sides together.

Church leaders in Bolivia demand clarification from government on religious instruction in schools

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A spokesman from the Bolivian Bishops’ Committee on Education is demanding the government clarify its position on religious instruction in public schools, after the country’s Education Minister, Felix Patzi, announced that Catholicism would no longer be the “official religion” of the country’s educational system.

Notre Dame Cathedral's square to honor Pope John Paul II

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- City officials in Paris have announced the square outside the Notre Dame Cathedral will be renamed in honor of the late Pope John Paul II.

Navarro-Valls says Pope seeks “to recover essence of the family” in Valencia

Jun 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said this week Pope Benedict XVI hopes to “recover the essence of the family” in his upcoming visit to Valencia for the World Meeting of Families.  The Vatican spokesman said to expect an “intense, very rich” discourse from the Pontiff that “will be much discussed afterwards.”

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