Archive of June 22, 2006

Pope announces new Vatican Secretary of State

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI announced two major personnel changes in top Vatican positions today.  The Holy Father has accepted resignations from Cardinals Angelo Sodano and Edmund Szoka and has announced their replacements.

Spanish bishops reiterate right to express opinions on policies that affect the faithful

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said this week that bishops have the right to express their opinions about political issues, inasmuch as they affect the lives of Christians.

Bishops insist wall on US/Mexican border not the solution for illegal immigration

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops from the United States, Central America and Mexico gathered in Tabasco this week, to reiterate their concerns about illegal immigration and said that building a wall on the border will do “nothing” to solve the problem.

Archbishop to suspend Masses in diocese during Pope’s celebration

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia signed a decree this week, suspending Masses in all the parishes and churches of the diocese on the morning of Sunday, July 9, in order to allow the greatest number of priests and faithful to attend the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families, which will be celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI.

Returning immigrants to the their places of origin not a solution, says Spanish bishop

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Spanish bishops’ Committee on Migration, Bishop Jose Sanchez, said repatriating sub-Saharan immigrants on the Canary Islands to their countries of origin is not a solution to the immigration problem and said the Church is doing “all that it can.”

Cardinal Dulles celebrates 50 years of priesthood

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Avery Dulles celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood last month with a mass of thanksgiving at Fordham's University Church, where he was ordained by Cardinal Francis Spellman.

Major ballot campaign regarding marriage and abortion begins in Colorado

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Colorado Catholic Conference will launch a statewide campaign this month to try to get two key measures on Colorado’s November ballot - the protection of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and the prohibition of late-term abortions.

Boston launches planning for archdiocesan bicentennial

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Sean O’Malley hopes that the bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Boston in 2008 will aid in renewing the Catholic community.

Episcopal Church votes to ‘exercise restraint’ in ordaining homosexual bishops

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to appease the worldwide Anglican Communion, the U.S. Episcopal Church Wednesday reversed an earlier decision and agreed to try to avoid the consecration of openly homosexual bishops, Reuters has reported.

Pope thanks, encourages aid agencies working in Middle East and Asia

Jun 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Holy Father received 100 participants from the annual Meeting of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO), thanking them for the service they have been carrying out since 1968," supporting the pastoral, educational and charitable activities and meeting the urgent needs" of those Churches in the east.

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