Archive of August 1, 2006

Canadian parliamentarians push for renewed debate on assisted suicide bill

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some Canadian parliamentarians are pushing for a debate in the House of Commons on the legalization of assisted suicide. A private member’s bill was introduced by Bloc Québécois MP Francine Lalonde last year, but it died on the table when the federal elections were called.

Asia Youth Day gathers 800, including from mainland China

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- About 800 young Catholics from 25 countries and regions, mostly in Asia, have gathered for the Fourth Asian Youth Day (AYD) this week. Registrations for the nine-day event include about 240 young people from Hong Kong and 60 from mainland China. By July 30, only half of the latter had arrived, reported UCA News.

Women’s ‘ordinations’ in Pittsburgh invalid, lead to excommunication

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Eight women excommunicated themselves from the Roman Catholic Church after presenting themselves yesterday to be ordained priests in a ceremony on the rivers of Pittsburgh.

Cancer tests for Cardinal George come up negative

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Francis George’s pathology results indicate that there is no evidence of any cancer remaining in his body, announced his persona lphysician, Dr. Myles Sheehan.

Mexico among top 10 donors to the Vatican in 2005

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A spokesman for the Mexican Bishops’ Conference has revealed that donations from Catholics in that country have made it the ninth largest contributer to the Vatican during 2005.

Darwin and Islam on Pope’s summer agenda, says Vatican analyst

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a column to be released this Wednesday, renowned Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of the Italian weekly “L’Espresso” says the Pope’s summer agenda at Castel Gandolfo will focus on Darwinism and Islam.

Jesuits commemorate 450th anniversary of death of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Jesuit provincial leaders from across Europe gathered at the Basilica of Loyola in Spain to concelebrate a special Mass with Bishop Pedro Barreto Jimeno of Huancayo, Peru, marking the 450th anniversary of the death of Ignatius of Loyola.

Archbishop calls on Salvadorans to sign petition demanding protection of marriage

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has asked Salvadorans to support a petition calling on the country’s Congress to ratify a proposed constitutional reform measure that would officially declare marriage to be the union of one man and one woman.

Maronite archbishops tends to flock in hills of southern Lebanon

Aug 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Chucrallah-Nabil El-Hage, Maronite Catholic Archbishop of Tyr, went into the hills of his war struck archdiocese yesterday, in search of those who have been unable or unwilling to abandon their homes, The Age reported.

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