Archive of June 16, 2006

US Bishops approve changes to the Mass

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops voted yesterday to accept proposed changes to the English translation of the Mass.

Changes to Mass to reflect Latin translation and Biblical origins

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following Thursday’s approval of a new translation of the Mass in English, by the Bishops of the United States, several Catholics are wondering how the Mass changes will affect their experience.  Below are listed a few of the more notable changes to the words the congregation prays:

European Union approves funding embryonic stem-cell research

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The European bishops have denounced the June 15 decision of the European Union Parliament to approve tax spending on embryonic stem-cell research, saying that “human life must never be instrumentalized.”

Abortion clinic closes under pressure of investigation

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Birmingham abortion clinic, which was under investigation for the mistreatment of a customer and could have faced criminal charges, has surrendered its license reported The Associated Press.

Denver Catholic school voucher program receives overwhelming response

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Only one week after Archbishop Charles Chaput announced a new, privately funded $3 million voucher program that would enable low-income children to attend Catholic Schools, all 250 of the available tuition vouchers have been issued.

Christian Reformed Church to resolve historic judgment about Catholic mass

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While the U.S. Catholic Bishops are currently meeting to discuss slight changes to the mass, delegates of the Christian Reformed Church in West Michigan are discussing how to resolve a historic condemnation of the Catholic mass, which appears in their Heidelberg Catechism.

Lack of funds prevents Argentinean military personnel from participating in traditional Marian pilgrimage

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Breaking a 15 year-long tradition, Argentina’s Defense Ministry denied members of the Armed Forces and their families the chance to participate in the 48th International Military Pilgrimage to Lourdes because of a lack of funds.

Report says those displaced by civil conflict in Colombia worse off than the poor

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A report by the University of the Andes and Catholic Charities of Colombia is warning that those displaced by the civil conflict in that country are worse off than poor families in urban areas.  The report was the result of a survey of 300 displaced individuals from fifty different municipalities in Colombia.

Statue of “soccer player” Jesus gets attention of non-practicing Catholics in Mexico

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A statue of the Child Jesus dressed in the Mexican soccer team’s World Cup uniform has become a magnet for non-practicing Catholics in the Mexico City.  Increasingly large numbers of people are visiting the parish of St. Gabriel the Archangel, where the statue is located, in order to pray for the Mexican soccer team.

Individual Catholic Bishops to decide how to deal with politicians

Jun 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S.. Catholic bishops declared on Thursday that local bishops should decide, on an individual basis, how to handle politicians who profess the Catholic faith and yet deny Catholic teachings.

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