Archive of June 21, 2006

Boston Archdiocese lays off staff to aid with fiscal recovery

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced Monday that it will lay off 25 people at diocesan headquarters - out of a staff of 270 - as part of an effort to reduce its deficit.

Successful Chicago young adult ministry program begins 26th season

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This summer, 40 parishes throughout Chicago will host the 26th annual season of Theology on Tap and open their doors to young adults in search of meaning.  Chicago’s Theology on Tap was one of the first young adult programs of its kind and has been replicated in dioceses and parishes around the United States and abroad.

Vatican, Moscow Patriarchate work on joint position regarding human rights

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Roman Catholic and Russian Orthodox Churches have announced that they will hold a joint forum next year on Christianity, Culture and Moral Values. The focus will be the Roman Catholic Church’s view of human rights.

Colorado relic implies greater Spanish presence

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recently discovered artifact may indicate a larger and earlier presence of Catholic Spaniards in the Colorado area.

Argentinean bishop warns Ministry of Justice is violating right to life

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Lona of San Luis warned this week that the country’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights is violating the fundamental human right to life by promoting a reform of Argentina’s Penal Code that would in practice legalize abortion.

Government-sponsored secularism is deconstructing the family, says Spanish archbishop

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia has denounced State-backed efforts to secularize society and deconstruct the family by replacing traditional values with those said to be “progressive.”

Church regains control of Cathedral of St. Vito in the Czech Republic

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A district court in Prague has returned the Cathedral of St. Vito to the Catholic Church, ending government control of the centuries-old symbol of Czech Catholicism that began in 1954 when the Communist regime seized the property.

Colombian youth to make pilgrimage to local shrine in preparations for WYD 2008

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Young people in Colombia are preparing to take part in the National Buga Pilgrimage, June 30-July 2 in order to gear-up for the next World Youth Day, which will be held in Sydney, Australia, in 2008.

Pope Benedict teaches about James, the "son of thunder"

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI discussed the Apostle, James "the Greater," during his weekly general audience.  The Holy Father told the crowd of 25,000 people that James possessed an “impetuous zeal” and can teach us, “willingness to bear witness to Him with courage.”

Archbishop tells UN to defend right to life, religious freedom

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday afternoon, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, secretary for Relations with States, delivered a statement before the first session of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, the Vatican Information Service reported.

Cardinal says Saddam should not be executed

Jun 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- French Cardinal, Paul Poupard, head of the Vatican's department for culture and inter-religious dialogue was quoted on Wednesday as saying that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should not be executed because all life is sacred, Reuters reports.

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