Archive of April 20, 2007

Pope Benedict praises work of the Papal Foundation

Apr 20, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received members of the Papal Foundation,a Catholic organization based in the United States, which aims at supporting the ministry of the Holy Father.  The group makes an annual pilgrimage to Rome.

Abuse victims, Spokane parishes approve $48-million settlement

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:40 am .- All of the alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse in the Diocese of Spokane, as well as the parishes and schools that are implicated in paying part of $48-million settlement have voted to approve the deal.

Pope calls for greater respect for human rights in Sri Lanka

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:34 am .- This morning at the Vatican Pope Benedict XVI and the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Mahinda Rajapaksa, met to discuss and reaffirm the need for a greater respect for human rights and a return to dialogue, “as the only way to put an end to the violence that is bloodying the island.” "In the course of the talks - and in the light of the current situation in Sri Lanka - the need was reiterated to respect human rights and resume the path of dialogue and negotiation as the only way to put an end to the violence that is bloodying the island,” a press release from the Vatican Press Office said.

Argentinean cardinal says schools should help students discover meaning of life

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:13 am .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, has challenged Catholic teachers in the country to work for a kind of education that is the fruit of an encounter with God and that allows young people to discover the meaning of life.

Chinese Catholics reserve ticket to Olympic Games for Benedict XVI

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The Fides news agency reported this week that Chinese Catholics have reserved a ticket for Benedict XVI to attend the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008 as a gift for his 80th birthday.

Journalists should be ethically balanced and love the truth, says Vatican official

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:07 am .- During the opening of a conference on the media and the Church in contemporary Spain, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the European Council for Culture, Msgr. Enrique Planas, said members of the media should love the truth and freedom and should be ethically balanced.

Pope “profoundly in tune” with God’s Spirit, Cardinal Ruini says

Apr 20, 2007 - 10:03 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar General of the Diocese of Rome, said this week the men who represent the Church, especially the Holy Father, “are profoundly in tune” with the Spirit of God.

Cardinal welcomes Supreme Court partial-birth abortion ban

Apr 20, 2007 - 08:45 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali welcomed the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upholding the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act of 2003 in Gonzales v. Carhart, noting that it is “the first time in 34 years that the Court has upheld a ban of any type of abortion.”

Australian state legislature votes for cloning bill

Apr 20, 2007 - 08:44 am .- Despite calls from Catholic and Anglican bishops for Victoria State legislators to defeat a cloning bill, legislators in the lower house voted on Wednesday in favor of the draft legislation.

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