Archive of July 4, 2006

Cuban Cardinal optimistic about future of Church

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Despite limitations imposed on religious practice by Fidel Castro’s government, the Catholic Church in Cuba continues to welcome newly baptized members and to see a steady increase of vocations, as they have each year for the last 20 years.

African American evangelization conference to empower youth, youth ministers

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic conference for African Americans promises to equip and empower participants, especially youth and youth ministers, with what is needed to be, “sons and daughters of light.”

Priests must live their vocation 100 percent, says Slovakian bishop

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Priests must be more fully who they are, said Bishop Jan Babjak, the Byzantine Catholic bishop of Presov, East Slovakia.

Benedictine center abandons Catholic identity

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The St. Benedict Center, a Benedictine ecumenical community in Madison for the past 40 years, has chosen to end its ties to the Roman Catholic Church in order to live out more comfortably its ecumenical character.

Mexican bishops express confidence in electoral institutions amidst disputed results

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico announced its complete confidence Monday in the country’s electoral institutions and expressed its hope that they “maintain their credibility” by resisting pressure and blackmail from different political factions amidst the too-close-to call presidential elections of July 1st.  

Franciscan priest killed in Colombia

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Franciscan priest was killed this week in Colombia in the northern region of Magdalena.  Initial investigations indicate the 46 year-old priest was assaulted.

Pope to root for both Germany and Italy in World Cup match

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s personal secretary, Father Georg Gänswein, said this week with Germany and Italy playing each other in the World Cup semi-finals today, the Holy Father would be rooting for both teams.

Argentinean bishop says families worldwide are lacking in love

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquin Piña of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina, said this week the World Meeting of Families in Valencia will shed light on the true state of the family not only in Spain or Argentina, but also in different parts of the world.

Pope issues statement on Valencia subway tragedy

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI has sent a telegram of condolence to Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, for the death of more than 40 people in an accident on the city's underground railway system at midday yesterday.

Vatican announces Pope’s summer schedule

Jul 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Information Service has released a brief schedule for the Holy Father’s vacation and summer residency.

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