Archive of June 12, 2007

Preparations made for Canadian missionary Father Emiliano Tardif's beatification process

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:41 am .- The remains of the renowned Canadian missionary and evangelist, Father Emiliano Tardif, were transferred last weekend on the eighth anniversary of his death, to a crypt in Santo Domingo.

Peruvian cardinal invites Catholics to rediscover Sunday as Day of the Lord

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:38 am .- During his homily on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima invited Catholics to rediscover Sunday as the Day of the Lord and of the Eucharist, and encouraged them to make it the center of family life by attending Mass together in order to bring a Christian tone back to society.

Pope receives final CELAM document for consideration

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:28 am .- On Monday the three presidents of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, which took place in Aparecida, Brazil, formally presented Pope Benedict XVI with the “Final Document,” which the Pope will now review before granting approval for official publication.

Fresno bishop writes pastoral letter on women’s ordinations

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:26 am .- Bishop John Steinbock of Fresno issued a pastoral letter this month reiterating Church teaching regarding the ordination of women to the priesthood.

Indian church purified after being ransacked by vandals

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:10 am .- More than 3,000 people attended a two-hour purification ceremony and peace Mass at St. Peter Canisius Church in West Bengal, Darjeeling district, less than one week after vandals desecrated the building. The June 7 Mass was led by Bishop Thomas D'Souza of the local Diocese of Bagdogra.

Priest abducted in the Philippines

Jun 12, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Gunmen abducted an Italian priest who was on his way to a remote village to celebrate Sunday Mass in the southern Philippines, police said.

Mexican government clears cardinal of violating the law by speaking out against abortion

Jun 12, 2007 - 10:52 am .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, expressed his satisfaction this week at the announcement by the Mexican government’s Ministry of Internal Affairs that he did not violate the country’s laws on religious expression by speaking out against the legalization of abortion in the Mexican capital.

Bishop of Baghdad reproaches West for “silence” in response to violence against Christians in Iraq

Jun 12, 2007 - 10:46 am .- The Religious Information Service of the Church in Italy reported this week that Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni scolded the United States and Europe for their “silence” in the face of the escalating violence against the Christian minority in Iraq.

Brownback speaks on faith in politics, calls for defense of marriage, life

Jun 12, 2007 - 10:44 am .- Senator Sam Brownback, who is a Republican candidate for president, called for the defense of marriage and innocent human life at the National Catholic Men’s Conference on Saturday. Sen. Brownback, a Roman Catholic, attended the conference to talk about bringing his faith into public life.

Bishop Joseph Kurtz becomes new head of Archdiocese of Lousiville

Jun 12, 2007 - 10:13 am .- This morning the Holy Father announced that he has appointed a new archbishop for the Archdiocese of Louisville. The new head of the archdiocese is Bishop Joseph Kurtz who has been the bishop of Knoxville, Tennessee for the past seven years.Bishop Kurtz accepted Pope Benedict’s appointment by placing his trust, “in the grace of Jesus Christ and in the Providential Plan of our Heavenly Father.” In a statement on the archdiocesan website, the new Archbishop said that he will look to the leadership of the Holy Father as his model—a model of “unity in truth and charity.”

Minnesota couple refuses to abort children, six are born

Jun 12, 2007 - 09:24 am .- For the first time in recorded history, a Minnesota couple has given birth to sextuplets. Although they were counseled by doctors to abort all but two of the children, Ryan and Brianna knew it wasn’t even an option.The new parents had been trying for a year to conceive a child, but were unable to do so naturally. “We spent over a year praying and trying on our own. Eventually we came under the care of a clinic that had succeeded in helping some of our close friends conceive.” 

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