Archive of June 26, 2007

Thousands of African parishes to get Catholic satellite radio

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:24 am .- In an effort to reduce the digital divide separating the Church in Africa from the rest of the world, two organizations have launched a project to provide satellite radio to thousands of Catholic parishes in the continent.

Archdiocese of Manila issues guidelines for proper dress in church

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:22 am .- Numerous complaints about skimpy attire in church have prompted the Archdiocese of Manila to issue guidelines for proper dress when attending Mass or other church services.

Faith is indispensable for rebuilding Spain and Europe, cardinal says

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:17 am .- During a Mass celebrated in the Mozarabic rite at the Cathedral of Toledo to mark the 1,400 anniversary of the birth of St. Ildephonsus, once a bishop of that city, Cardinal Antonio Canizares said Europe and Spain need to be rebuilt upon the values of the Christian faith. 

Legalization of sexual relations between children “aberrant” says Peruvian bishop

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:13 am .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Peru, Bishop Juan Jose Larraneta, called a new law approved by the country’s congress that would lower the age for sexual consent to 14 “unacceptable and aberrant.”  Critics are saying the new law will only make the problem of sexual abuse of minors worse.

Father Lombardi expresses solidarity with martyrdom of Christians in Iraq

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:08 am .- Echoing the words of Pope Benedict XVI about the suffering of Christians in Iraq, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said this week, "The whole Church accompanies with affection and admiration all her sons and daughters and supports them in this hour of authentic martyrdom for the name of Christ."

Spanish parents: conscientious objection not “right-wing” tactic

Jun 26, 2007 - 11:02 am .- A group of parents in the Spanish city of Cadiz who recently exercised their right to conscientiously object to the course “Education for Citizenship,” have responded to a lawmaker of the United Left political party, saying their position has nothing to do with “right-wing tactics.”

Euthanasia not merciful, says Mexican cardinal

Jun 26, 2007 - 10:52 am .- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City said on Sunday that there is no mercy in euthanasia and criticized a new law on “living wills” that the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) is promoting in the Legislative Assembly of Mexico City.

Catholic condemned to death for blasphemy tells of his trauma

Jun 26, 2007 - 10:47 am .- Church and human rights bodies, including the Catholic bishops' National Commission for Justice and Peace and the All Pakistan Minorities Alliance, are challenging the judgment in the case of a young Catholic man, who has been sentenced to death.

EWTN airs program to inspire Christians to end abortion

Jun 26, 2007 - 10:27 am .- EWTN aired a program yesterday intended to set Christians "on fire to peacefully work to end abortion." The 30-minute documentary, called Being Human, focuses on ordinary people who are fighting abortion in their local communities through prayer and activism. The program is intended to serve as a call to action for a national 40 Days for Life Campaign, which will take place across the country this fall.

National Catholic Bioethics Center announces educational opportunities

Jun 26, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The National Catholic Bioethics Center has announced some important upcoming events for those who work in the health care or research field. The events are open to the public.

Holy Father changes rules for electing new pope

Jun 26, 2007 - 09:02 am .- It was announced today that the Holy Father, Benedict XVI has brought back the traditional method for electing a new Pope. Under Pope John Paul II, the procedure was changed to a series of ballots punctuated with time for reflection and prayer if a pontiff was not chosen within the first three days. The change back to the traditional rules was made public today in a "Motu Proprio," written in Latin. In the letter, Benedict XVI restores the traditional norm concerning the majority required for the valid election of the Supreme Pontiff to two thirds of the cardinals present.

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