Archive of June 30, 2006

Sterilization law in Argentina on track for approval

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After seven hours of debate, Argentina’s House of Representatives approved a law legalizing sterilizations and vasectomies despite massive opposition from the Church and warnings from numerous medical and pro-life groups.  The final vote on the measure was 147-41, with two abstentions.  The measure now goes before the Senate.

Bishop calls on Spaniards to unite with the Pope in defending the family

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter marking the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Bishop Jose Sanchez Gonzalez of Sigüenza-Guadalajara has called on the faithful to join Pope Benedict XVI in Valencia for the World Meeting of Families and to unite with him in the defense of families.

Vatican analyst says Pope Benedict on verge of implementing real liturgical reform

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican analyst, Sandro Magister, of the online magazine “L’Espresso” says in an article to be published soon that Pope Benedict XVI will implement real liturgical reform in his upcoming Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist.

Cuban leader says Church wants to serve, not impose Catholic doctrine

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director the magazine “Vitral,” Dagoberto Valdes, who is one of the most prominent lay Catholic leaders in Cuba, said this week the Catholic Church there has never sought to impose the faith but rather has dedicated herself to serving society.

Pope considers benefits and challenges of globalization

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Benedict XVI received the Letters of Credence of Mario Juan Bosco Cayota Zappettini, the new ambassador of Uruguay to the Holy See.  During his discussion with Ambassador Zappettini, the Holy Father discussed the importance of advancing the human condition within an increasingly globalized world.

Scientists using human embryos face excommunication

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, head of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family, has said that "destroying human embryos is equivalent to an abortion."

Vatican calls for action against illicit trade of small arms

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See once again reiterated its position against the illicit trade of small arms, at a United Nations conference Wednesday. The conference in New York was a review of the UN’s plan of action to prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in small arms.

Operation Rescue buys-out abortion clinic and sets up new headquarters

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Operation Rescue has purchased the building that housed Central Women’s Services, an abortion clinic in Wichita. The building will be renovated and serve as Operation Rescue’s headquarters; it will also feature a memorial to the pre-born.

Conversion case before Malaysian federal court

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A woman in Malaysia made a final appeal yesterday before her country’s federal court to be free to convert from Islam to the faith of her choice - Catholicism.

Pius XI documents to be released by Vatican Secret Archives

Jun 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI has decreed that as of September 18 - when the Vatican Secret Archives and other archives of the Holy See resume activities after the summer vacation - all documents related to the pontificate of Pope Pius XI will be made available to researchers.

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