Archive of June 15, 2006

US bishops urge Congress to grant illegal immigrants ‘path to citizenship’

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of the United States urged the U.S. Congress Wednesday to resolve differences on immigration reform and to give the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants already in the country a path to citizenship, reported Reuters.

Bishops in Eritrea demand that clergy be exempt from military service

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops in Eritrea are responding to their government’s call for priests and seminarians to serve in the army amid continued fears that the border dispute with Ethiopia will erupt into violence.

Church leaders urge the return of religious assemblies in public schools

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Christian leaders in Britain have urged the country’s new education secretary, Alan Johnson, to restore daily acts of worship in schools.

Vandals strike 80-year-old church

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An 80-year-old Catholic church in the Diocese of Santa Rosa was struck by vandalism over four days, causing $50,000 worth in damages, reported KCBS.

Holy See issues plea for peace in the Holy Land

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Director of the Press Office of the Holy See released a statement yesterday calling for an end to the escalating violence in the Holy Land.

Opposition to war incompatible with support for abortion, says Spanish cardinal

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, said this week opposition to war or to domestic violence is incompatible with support for abortion.

Episcopal Church faces division over homosexual issues

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Episcopal Bishops continue to deal with internal disagreement and face the possibility of a total division of their church as they meet in Ohio this week for their triennial convention.   Bishops who support and those who oppose the ordination of openly homosexual Bishops are finding an increasingly growing chasm between their respective beliefs.

The Eucharist is the central event in the history of the world and of every person, the Pope says

Jun 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Celebrating Mass today, on the Feast of the Body of Christ in the Eucharist, the Holy Father told the faithful that the bread and wine used in the celebration of the Mass are not just accidental articles, but speak a truth about mankind and heaven.

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