Jun 5, 2007 - 06:06 pm .- The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, has spoken out strongly against the proposed legislation legalizing cloning in New South Wales, Australia. The cardinal spoke on behalf of the 10 dioceses he represents to the parliament of New South Wales this afternoon. The Premier of the Parliament, Morris Iemma, who is Catholic, has already indicated he will support the bill. Mr. Iemma, introduced the bill himself just this last week, calling it “therapeutic” cloning—a label that the Cardinal labels as deceptive.
Jun 5, 2007 - 02:42 pm .- Organizers have announced that the XVIII Marian Day of the Family in Spain will be held on September 8 and will focus on the theme, “The Family, Sanctuary of Life.”
Jun 5, 2007 - 01:44 pm .- The documentary “Miracle on the Pacocha,” which recounts the miraculous rescue of the crew of the submarine BAP Pacocha that sunk off the coast of Peru and which occurred thanks to the intercession of the Croatian nun Mother Maria of Jesus Crucified Petkovic was recently debuted during a private screening.
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:59 pm .- The first Buddhist convert to Catholicism from the country of Bhutan, Fr. Kinley Tshering, is hoping to return to his Buddhist homeland once his term as rector of St. Joseph’s School in Darjeeling, India is up.
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:47 pm .- Officials have uncovered evidence that two clinics in Switzerland are helping clients to die who are simply depressed rather than suffering from incurable pain.
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:36 pm .- In response to proposals that would liberalize abortion laws in Buenos Aires and in other Argentinean provinces, the dean of the School of Law at the Catholic University of Argentina, Gabriel Limodio, warned this week, “The right to cause the death of one’s own children does not exist.”
Jun 5, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- The Cord Blood Registry, a blood bank in San Bruno, has launched a nationwide campaign to increase public awareness of cord-blood preservation.The blood bank is proposing the collection and storage of umbilical-cord blood for future use. Collecting cord blood takes only a few minutes, and is painless and risk-free to the baby and the mother.
Jun 5, 2007 - 11:29 am .- The international president of Aid to the Church in Need, Hans-Peter Rothlin, is calling for prayers for the Church in Iraq, as “the persecution of Christians has reached a point that the future of the Church is in danger.” In recent statements, Rothlin said, “We are sleep walking towards the death of a Christian population whose ancestors accepted the Gospel before everyone else in the first century.”
Jun 5, 2007 - 10:41 am .- The Diocese of Spokane is expected to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, thanks to donations that are coming in from a variety of sources.Shaun Cross, the attorney representing the diocese, says he filed the final paperwork in court late Thursday afternoon in order to emerge successfully from bankruptcy.
Jun 5, 2007 - 10:09 am .- The Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney wants its school leaders to publicly commit to a vow of fidelity by adhering to church teaching on some crucial issues--homosexuality, birth control and women's ordination. The vow would apply to its 167 principals, its deputy principals and religious education coordinators and would be a first for the Catholic Church in Australia, Fairfax newspapers report.
Jun 5, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island received an invitation in the mail recently from none other than Rudy Giuliani. The politician was inviting the bishop come to a fundraising dinner for his presidential campaign, but Bishop Tobin did more than just politely decline.Instead of sending a non-descript RSVP to inform Giuliani that he would not attend, the prelate wrote him a scathing letter to turn down his offer. According to the diocesan newspaper, the Rhode Island Catholic, Bishop Tobin was already greatly “distressed”...