Archive of June 18, 2007

Three of the Minnesota sextuplets pass away, three in critical condition

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:32 am .- In an update on the condition of the sextuplets born last week in Minneapolis, hospital officials told the Associated Press that three of the children have died.

Bishops upset over leak of Aparecida document

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:28 am .- Speaking to the Mexican news agency Notimex, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez of Guadalajara (Mexico) and Archbishop Alberto Taviera Correa of Palmas (Brazil) expressed their disappointment that the final Aparecida document has been leaked to the press before publication.

Representatives of the Holy See and Vietnam discuss normalization of bilateral relations

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:24 am .- Representatives of the Holy See and of Vietnam met recently to discuss the re-establishing of bilateral diplomatic relations after decades of tensions between the two sides have eased.

US and Mexican bishops approval statement on immigration reform

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:20 am .- The bishops’ conferences of Mexico and the US have issued a joint statement supporting immigration reform in the US that will regularize the status of 12 million illegal immigrants, after President Bush called on Republican lawmakers to support his reform efforts.

Costa Rica to bestow honorary distinction on John Paul II

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:18 am .- The Costa Rican Congress has accepted consideration of a bill that would bestow a special honorary distinction on Pope John Paul II in recognition of his pastoral work carried out throughout his pontificate and that “contributed to knocking down the walls that divide humanity.”

Spain approves law allowing therapeutic cloning of human beings

Jun 18, 2007 - 11:12 am .- Spain’s parliament has passed a new Law on Biomedical Research making the country the fourth in Europe and the ninth in the world to allow “therapeutic” cloning of human beings. 

"Baby hatch" at Catholic hospital causes concern

Jun 18, 2007 - 10:50 am .- Yet another infant was left in the “baby hatch” of a Catholic-run hospital in Japan. The Jikei Hospital in Kumamoto set up its first baby hatch for unwanted newborns on May 10, and on Friday, the third baby was dropped off, reported The Japan Times.

New Catholic website helps fight porn addiction

Jun 18, 2007 - 09:40 am .- A Catholic apostolate is trying to help those caught in the grips of pornography addiction. The apostolate, called Serenellians, is web-based and was begun in 2002 by Paul Rasvage, an oil refinery engineer, family man and a self-confessed pornography addict (who no longer indulges). The group got its name from Alessandro Serenelli, who killed St. Maria Goretti in a fit of lust and later repented.

US bishops voice concern over Israeli-Palestinian conflict and urge Senate to action

Jun 18, 2007 - 10:14 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged co-sponsorship of a Senate resolution that seeks to advance the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Marking the 40th anniversary of the Six-Day War between Israel and a coalition of Arab states, the resolution acknowledges that the only way toward a better future for both Israelis and Palestinians is “to put an end to decades of confrontation...

Romney speaks out on stem-cell issue, Congress must be ethical and make use of science

Jun 18, 2007 - 09:58 am .- Lawmakers in Washington must move beyond partisan politics and offer support for stem-cell research techniques that bring science and ethics together to promote, protect and save life, said former Mass. governor Mitt Romney.Romney commented on the passage of a bill in Congress last week that would use tax dollars to fund embryonic stem-cell research. The research is controversial because the process requires the killing of embryos.

Pope meets with Orthodox Archbishop, issue joint declaration

Jun 18, 2007 - 09:38 am .- The Holy Father received His Beatitude Chrysostom II, Archbishop of New Justinian and of Cyprus, in Rome on Saturday.  The two exchanged greetings and met privately, before adjourning to the Vatican Library.  There, the two leaders made formal statements, before exchanging gifts and signing a joint declaration in favour of ecclesial unity and of peace in the world.

Pope tells the youth to imitate the example of Francis’ radical conversion

Jun 18, 2007 - 08:56 am .- Departing from the cathedral in Assisi, Benedict XVI traveled by car to meet the youth at the basilica of St. Mary of the Angels. Along the route he blessed disabled people from Assisi's Seraphic Institute. The Holy Father greeted the young people awaiting him in the square of the basilica with a message of encouragement and challenge. Benedict’s challenge to imitate the life of Saint Francis began with a small biography of the saint.  "It was here," said the Pope, that Francis "established the 'headquarters' of his order, where the friars could come together, as if in a maternal bosom, regenerating themselves before starting out again full of apostolic energy.”

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