Archive of June 14, 2007

Women’s dignity not tied to ordination, says bishop

Jun 14, 2007 - 11:24 am .- To say that a woman cannot be a priest in no way detracts from her human dignity and her equality with men, says Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando.

Archbishop Gomez draws attention to urgent need for immigration reform

Jun 14, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio is calling on citizens, legislators and policymakers to muster the courage to create new immigration policy now.

National Catholic Bioethics Center joins chorus denouncing 'pro-choice' Philadelphia

Jun 14, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The National Catholic Bioethics Center joined its voice to that of Cardinal Justin Rigali yesterday regarding the decision of Philadelphia’s City Council to proclaim the metropolis pro-choice.

Austria may be only European country visited by Benedict XVI in 2007

Jun 14, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Austria September 7-9 may be his only trip to a European country in 2007, according to the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna.

Chilean police detain suspect who profaned church with satanic graffiti

Jun 14, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Police in the city of Curacautin in southern Chile detained an 18 year-old this week they believe to was responsible for vandalizing a church with satanic messages.

Spanish youth to bring eyeglasses to natives in Nicaraguan rain forest

Jun 14, 2007 - 10:56 am .- A group of young people from Spain will travel to the rain forest of Nicaragua in July to bring eyeglasses to 300 natives suffering from “serious vision problems.”

Cardinal Martino announces end of Church’s financial contributions to Amnesty International

Jun 14, 2007 - 10:41 am .- In response to the recent decision by Amnesty International to support abortion as a human right, Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, announced this week that the Catholic Church will stop making financial contributions to the organization.

Nuncio says election of Peres brings hope for peace between Israel and neighbors

Jun 14, 2007 - 10:32 am .- Responding to news of the election of Shimon Peres as the new Israeli president, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Holy Land, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said Peres “brings a long history of negotiations” and that the symbolic power of the presidency is a strong impulse for working for peace.

Episcopal coalition to force schism within worldwide Anglican Communion

Jun 14, 2007 - 10:30 am .- A powerful coalition of conservative Anglican leaders is preparing to create a parallel church for conservatives in the United States, according to a report in The Daily Telegraph.

Family organization founded by U.S. married couple receives Pontifical status

Jun 14, 2007 - 09:44 am .- The Apostolate for Family Consecration, an Ohio-based ministry to Catholic families, is now one of fewer than 125 organizations in the world to be granted Pontifical status by the Vatican. The granting of Pontifical status means that the ministry is now officially recognized and approved by the Holy See. While the new status sets the apostolate apart, the organization is also the first of its kind to be founded by a married American couple.

Pope Benedict teaches that true alleviation of poverty is spiritual and material

Jun 14, 2007 - 09:24 am .- Aid organizations must bring more than material aid to truly help those in need, said Pope Benedict. They must bring “the joyful witness of those who have met the Lord,” which will “be a light to illuminate the way of people seeking a more dignified life," the pontiff emphasized.The Holy Father made these remarks in a meeting with the administrative council of the “Populorum Progressio” Foundation in Rome gathered for their annual assembly.

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