Archive of June 19, 2006

Papal spokesman announces desire to leave post

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, announced on Saturday during a television interview that he has submitted his resignation to Pope Benedict XVI after 22 years at the post.

Mexican cardinal warns against false prophets and self-proclaimed messiahs

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his homily on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City, exhorted Catholics to be on guard against “false prophets, human messiahs” who “preach doctrines that are not of Jesus.”

Book by Spanish exorcist outsells Da Vinci Code in Paraguay

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A book by Spanish exorcist Father Jose Antonio Fortea and published by the Thomas More Institute of the Catholic University of Asuncion has outsold The Da Vinci Code in Paraguay, with the first edition selling out in just three days.

Spanish cardinal calls for respect for religious symbols in schools

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Sevilla, Cardinal Carlos Amigo Vallejo, is calling for “respect and veneration” for religious symbols in response to a decision by an Andalusia school to remove crucifixes from the classrooms after receiving complaints from a small group of parents.

Catholics question Hawking’s comments on John Paul II

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Famed physicist Stephen Hawking said Thursday that Pope John Paul II tried to discourage him and other scientists attending a cosmology conference at the Vatican in 1981 from trying to figure out how the universe began.

Catholic schools in New Orleans offer free education

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic schools in New Orleans are trying to attract families, displaced by Hurricane Katrina back to the area by offering a tuition-free pre-kindergarten program, reported UPI.

Large numbers gather worldwide to celebrate Corpus Christi

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Catholic churches around the world celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi this weekend. Feast-day celebrations, which usually include a mass, procession, adoration and benediction, were organized as small parish-based events and large diocesan-wide public manifestations of faith.

Vatican, China in negotiations for detained bishops

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican and Chinese officials have been in secret negotiations regarding seven detained bishops of the underground Roman Catholic Church in China, reported The Sunday Times.

Israeli tourism minister excited about Papal visit

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Israeli Minister of Tourism, Isaac Herzog, and Papal Nuncio to Israel, Archbishop Antonio Franco, have reportedly agreed on a visit to the Holy Land by Pope Benedict XVI early in 2007.

Australian archdiocese gets new shepherd

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Bishop Mark Benedict Coleridge, current auxiliary of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Australia, as archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn.

Benedict says Eucharist is the “treasure” of the Church

Jun 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged, during his weekly Angelus address, that Sunday marked the celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (the Body of Christ) in most of the world.

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