Archive of June 23, 2006

Bishops call on new Peruvian government to work for common good in unity

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Peru has called on the newly elected government, as well as political parties and society in general to work for the common good by employing dialogue as a means of achieving unity and looking out for those most in need.

Guardia Civil commander refuses to remove statue of Mary from office

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Guardia Civil commander in Cordoba, Spain, Jose Ignacio Criado, has denied a request by two officers at a post in the town of Almodovar del Rio to remove a statue of Our Lady of the Pilar from their office.

Congressional committee approves teaching of homosexuality in Spanish schools

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- By a vote of 20-16, the Committee on Education and Science of the Spanish Congress approved a measure that would allow schools to include “recognition of sexual diversity” as part of the government-sponsored course entitled “Education for Citizenship.”

Pope Benedict says new Secretary of State is "a faithful pastor"

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Information Service has released today a letter that Benedict XVI has written to the faithful of the archdiocese of Genoa, Italy, concerning the appointment of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B., archbishop of that city, as secretary of State.

Pope: Gospel “does not hinder man’s freedom”

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Holy Father received prelates from the episcopal conferences of the Baltic States - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - who have just completed their "ad limina" visit.  Pope Benedict encouraged the bishops and reminded them that the Gospel will aid them in healing the wounds of communism and confronting secularism.

American Foundress to be named Saint by Pope Benedict

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a communiqué published today, the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced that Pope Benedict XVI will canonize four new saints for the Church on Satuday, July 1st in Rome.  Among those to be canonized is American religious foundress, Blessed Theodore Guerin.  

Archbishops in England, Scotland push for new abortion laws

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two Catholic Church leaders have urged the British government to review the 1967 Abortion Act and to establish a bioethics commission to evaluate the ethics of new technologies.

Pope will not attend religious summit in Russia

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will not attend the international three-day summit of religious leaders that opens in Moscow in early July because he was not invited, reported MosNews.

Catholics called to mark World Day of Prayer for Priests

Jun 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics worldwide are urged to pray for priests today on the World Day of Prayer for Priests. The day was begun by Pope John Paul II in 2002 with the objective of having all Catholic faithful join in prayer for the sanctification of priests.

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