Archive of June 7, 2007

Pius XII, victim of black legend, says Cardinal Bertone

Jun 7, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- During a presentation of a new biography on Pope Pius XII, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the late Pontiff has been the victim of “a black legend” that must be dismantled.

Church in Mexico presents ethical Decalogue for defense of life

Jun 7, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- The Church in Mexico presented this week an “Ethical Decalogue on the importance of respect and defense of life,” that “seeks to foster understanding of the value of human life from its very beginnings.  The announcement was made by the rector of the Old Basilica of Guadalupe, Msgr. Pedro Agustin Rivera Diaz.

Basque bishops urge ETA to reverse decision to break cease fire

Jun 7, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- The bishops of Bilbao, San Sebastian and Vitoria in Spain have issued a statement in response to the decision by the Basque separatist movement ETA to break a cease fire agreement, calling on the organization to “revoke its decision and announce a definitive end to its violence.”

Survey reveals Christians men, women struggle with addiction to porn

Jun 7, 2007 - 12:07 pm .-  A new online survey reveals a significant number of Christians — both male and female — admit to having an addiction to pornography.

Lech Walesa calls on Cubans not to lose their faith

Jun 7, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- The former president of Poland, Lech Walesa, one of the icons of the fall of Communism in his country, granted an interview to the independent Cuban press in which he called on Cubans not to lose their faith and to remember that “there is no universal model of transition.”

Chinese authorities jail bishop again

Jun 7, 2007 - 11:52 am .- An elderly bishop in China's underground Catholic church has been jailed again by police, nine months after his release from their custody, the Cardinal Kung Foundation reported.

Poland’s Solidarity movement plans Corpus Christi strike

Jun 7, 2007 - 11:47 am .- Poland's Solidarity movement is expected to lead a nationwide strike on the feast of Corpus Christi today, to protest policies that require employees to work on religious and national holidays.

Praise in Chile for pharmacies that refuse to sell morning-after pill

Jun 7, 2007 - 11:38 am .- The organization “Muevete Chile has called on Chileans to support drug stores and pharmacies that have decided not to distribute the government promoted morning-after pill, known in the country as “Post Day.” Muevete Chile explained that in response to the rejection by national chains to provide the morning-after pill, “the government has imported 25,000 doses of the same pill known as ‘Post Day’ from Colombia.”

Sisters offer prayers for Spurs

Jun 7, 2007 - 11:12 am .- In the sparse setting of their convent, the 23 nuns of the Salesian Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province have a new prayer intention, that the San Antonio Spurs  win the championship. With basketball players' names pinned to white smocks beneath their habits, the nuns have become ardent supporters of the Spurs. It all started when Sister Filomena Conte, took up the cause.

Vatican to use solar power for electricity

Jun 7, 2007 - 11:04 am .- In an effort to be more environmental, the Vatican has decided that it will begin to use solar energy in some of its buildings as of next year. Vatican engineer Pier Carlo Cuscianna came up with the idea of replacing the cement panels that make up the roof of the Paul VI auditorium with photovoltaic cells to convert sunlight into electricity. Cuscianna said the cement panels had to be replaced due to weathering, so he thought it was the right time to make the move to solar.

'I would rather go to hell than take orders on how to vote from the Cardinal.'--Australian lawmaker

Jun 7, 2007 - 09:26 am .-  Catholic lawmakers in Australia said yesterday they will vote in favor of therapeutic cloning regardless of the directives or warnings issued by the archbishop of Sydney. Tony Stewart of the ruling Labor Party in the New South Wales state parliament, said he would rather go to hell than take orders on how to vote from Cardinal George Pell. "Maybe I'll go to hell, but if I go to hell I'm going to do so by saving a lot of lives, because that's what this bill is about," Tony Stewart said in a radio interview.

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