Archive of May 28, 2007

Archbishop Sao Paulo calls movements “great treasure” of Latin America

May 28, 2007 - 03:14 pm .- Archbishop Odilo Scherer of Sao Paulo said last week, “The presence of the new communities and movements is a great treasure today for Latin America and the Church.”

Christians in India to march in protest against sectarian violence

May 28, 2007 - 03:12 pm .- On May 29th hundreds of thousands of Christians will march in Delhi to protest against the sectarian violence, especially that which is being inflicted by Hindu fundamentalists.

Democratic Party of the Revolution seeking to redefine concept of abortion in Mexican law

May 28, 2007 - 03:11 pm .- Representative Gerardo Villanueva Albarran of the Democratic Party of the Revolution (PRD) announced he will put before the Mexican House of Representatives a plan to modify the concept of abortion in order to promote its legalization on a national scale.

Church has no tolerance for sexual misconduct by clergy, says Vatican cardinal

May 28, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- In an interview with the Italian socialist newspaper “Repubblica,” the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Cardinal Julian Herranz, said it was false that the Holy See hides or protects priests guilty of abuse or sexual misconduct, and that instead abusive priests receive “very serious punishments” of an ecclesial nature that pose no detriment to civil proceedings.

“Benedict XVI is no longer a new Pope,” Italian media says

May 28, 2007 - 01:31 pm .- Several Italian media outlets, including some that are not usually friendly to the Holy Father, have acknowledged that Pope Benedict XVI’s discourse to the Italian bishops this weekend showed that the Pope is surprisingly familiar with the complex Italian reality.

Archdiocese, Boston College agree to sale of other Brighton Campus property

May 28, 2007 - 01:23 pm .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced May 24 that it has reached an agreement in principle with Boston College for the sale of additional property from the archdiocese's Brighton campus for $65 million. Closing on the property is expected to be completed by Aug. 1st.

Cardinal Bertone reveals Curial restructring

May 28, 2007 - 01:15 pm .- After careful evaluation of the merger between the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue and the Pontifical Council for Culture, the decision has been made to return independence to the Inter-Religious Dialogue Council.

American Idol winner Jordin Sparks is pro-life advocate

May 28, 2007 - 12:39 pm .- The latest American Idol winner, 17-year-old Jordin Sparks, is outspoken about her Christian faith and a pro-life advocate, reported photos have circulated online of Jordin participating in pro-life and Christian events. One in particular, which allegedly originated from Jordin’s MySpace page, shows Jordin holding the poster of a stop sign with the words “Stop Abortion Now”. Several other photos show Jordin performing at a 2006 pro-life rally in Phoenix.

Oklahoma bans abortions in state hospitals

May 28, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry did not veto a pro-life bill on Wednesday, making Oklahoma the only state this year to pass legislation that would prohibit certain abortions in state-funded medical facilities, reported CNHI News Service.Senate Bill 139 prohibits abortions in state medical facilities or by state employees, unless the life of the mother is threatened, the pregnancy poses the risk of impairment to major bodily functions, or in the case of rape or incest.

Parents of missing Madeline to receive support from Pope

May 28, 2007 - 12:22 pm .- Pope Benedict, according to the Guardian, has expressed a desire to meet with the parents of the missing four-year-old Madeline McCann. The couple has drawn strength from their Catholic faith throughout the ordeal of their daughter’s disappearance on May 3rd.  "We are currently exploring the possibility of a visit by Gerry and Kate McCann to meet the Pope in Rome in the near future," family spokesman Clarence Mitchell confirmed yesterday.

Benedict XVI confirms head of Syro-Malankar church

May 28, 2007 - 10:41 am .- This morning in the Vatican, the Pope received His Beatitude Issac Cleemis Thottunkal, major archbishop of Trivandrum of the Syro-Malankars, India. According to tradition, the Syro-Malankar Church is able to trace its founding back to St. Thomas the apostle who evangelized India.

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