Archive of June 26, 2006

Pope begins path to a Sainthood declaration for 149 Spanish Martyrs

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI opened the cause of Beatification for 149 Spaniards killed during the Spanish Civil War.

Pope Benedict will make second trip to Germany

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, today announced that Benedict XVI will make an apostolic trip to Germany from September 9th to 14th, where he will visit Munich, Altotting and Regensburg.

Pope reminds faithful to pray for priests

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, during his Angelus Address, Pope Benedict took a moment to reflect upon the Feast of St. John the Baptist, which fell on Saturday, as well as the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests, which took place on Friday.

Four Christians arrested in Saudi Arabia for praying at home

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two Ethiopian and two Eritrean Christians have been arrested and incarcerated in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, for conducting prayers in their home.

Philippines president bans capital punishment, meets with Pope

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Philippines, on Saturday, signed a law abolishing the death penalty and called on all Filipinos to "celebrate life in the most meaningful way." She also thanked the Catholic Church for “being a beacon of grace and discernment” and for leading the campaign against the death penalty, prior to meeting with the Pope on Sunday.

New Vatican ambassador to Iraq pledges to promote peace

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The newly appointed Vatican Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan says his mission will be to promote peace in the area.

Cardinal Rodé: The Church cannot negotiate on defense of the family

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Prefect of the Congregation of the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Cardinal Franc Rodé, said that the Catholic Church "cannot negotiate" the defense of marriage as the exclusive union of a man and a woman.

Retiring Cardinal “thankful to the Lord”

Jun 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While American-born Cardinal, Edmund Szoka, will retire as governor of Vatican City this September, he says he is thankful that he is and always will be a priest.

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