Jun 6, 2007 - 02:00 pm .- Wisconsin Right to Life learned late yesterday that a bill to foster the creation of cloned human embryos, for the purpose of using them in research that will kill them, will be on the floor of the U. S. House of Representatives today, Wednesday, June 6. The legislation, House Resolution 2560, is sponsored by Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Co.), who interestingly had opposed similar legislation in 2003.
Jun 6, 2007 - 01:26 pm .- On the same day as Father Ragheed Ganni’s funeral, Muslim fundamentalists sent another message of hatred to Catholics, this time attacking two churches in Iraq. Fr. Ragheed, along with three deacons were killed just this past Sunday after they had finished celebrating Mass.
Jun 6, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- On Tuesday night a Republican presidential debate was held in New Hampshire between Rudy Giuliani, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. During the course of the debate, the moderator, Wolf Blitzer, asked Giuliani about Bishop Thomas Tobin’s criticism of his position on abortion.
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:39 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has approved October 28th as the date of beatification for 498 martyrs who gave their life for Christ during the religious persecution of the Spanish Civil War.
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:36 am .- Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, has been elected the new president of Caritas International by the 162 members gathered for the organization’s 18th General Assembly at the Vatican.
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Tens of thousands of young pilgrims from Central Europe are expected to converge on the Marian sanctuary of Mariazell for a three-day youth event, Aug. 12-15. The youth pilgrimage represents a Central European forerunner to the pilgrimage that will take place in Loreto Italy this coming September, in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI.
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Archbishop Alois Kothgasser of Salzburg has refused to receive an honorary birthday present from the Austrian president in protest of the practice of abortion in the country.
Jun 6, 2007 - 11:05 am .- The archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, said he would continue to call those who promote the crime of abortion “children of darkness,” and that if members of the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) felt he was referring to them, it was their problem, since he said he was speaking as he was supposed to as a bishop.
Jun 6, 2007 - 10:45 am .- More than 100 Lincoln Catholics gathered on less than an hour’s notice outside the Cathedral of the Risen Christ June 1 to show support for their bishop. The supporters of Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz gathered in response to the actions of the nine members of Call to Action. The Call to Action contingent came to Lincoln to call attention to Bruskewitz’s refusal to participate in the U.S. bishops’ annual sex abuse audit, reported the Lincoln Journal Star.
Jun 6, 2007 - 10:31 am .- During the 19th and 20th centuries U.S. culture was largely Protestant and thus resistant to Catholic beliefs and culture. This atmosphere allowed that passage of many state laws that were, in fact, "anti-Catholic" measures. These same measures are now preventing states from enacting school voucher programs that would help parents pay for private schools, according to testimony delivered Friday to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Jun 6, 2007 - 09:56 am .- The spokesman for the Pope, Fr. Fredrico Lombardi, dismissed any intention of an attack on the Holy Father by a young German man at today's Wednesday audience.At 10:35 am local time today, as the Pope was making his way through the crowds in his Popemobile, a 27 year-old German man attempted to board the vehicle. The man, who was wearing a baseball cap, jumped over a wooden barricade as the Pope passed by in his open-topped jeep and attempted to get into the car.
Jun 6, 2007 - 09:19 am .- Continuing his catechesis on the connection between Jesus and the Church, the Holy Father spoke today on St. Cyprian, "the first African bishop to achieve the crown of martyrdom." The Pope exhorted the 40,000 gathered and all the faithful to unity using the works of St. Cyprian. Cyprian, said the Pope, "was born in Carthage to a rich pagan family" and "converted to Christianity at the age of 35. ... He became a priest and later a bishop.
Jun 6, 2007 - 09:16 am .- Today marks the start of the G8 summit that is being held in Heiligendamm, Germany. At the end of the general audience today in Rome, the Pope delivered a message specifically addressed to the leaders assembled for the summit.The assembly includes the seven most industrialized countries in the world plus the Russian Federation.