Archive of June 27, 2007

Expected Motu Proprio to be published July 7, German newspaper announces

Jun 27, 2007 - 02:21 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI intends to publish his Motu Proprio liberating the Mass of St. Pius V on July 7, 2007 announced today the Vatican correspondent for the German newspaper Die Welt, Paul Badde.

Education for Citizenship promotes “secular view of life” which excludes God, says Spanish cardinal

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:44 am .- The archbishop of Toledo and vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, said this week the class Education for Citizenship is a “clear government project” in line with “a secular view of the life in which religious are relegated exclusively to the private sphere.”

Don’t expect radical changes in Roman Curia, says Vatican analyst

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:42 am .- In an article to be published Thursday by “L’Espresso,” Vatican watcher Sandro Magister explains why, despite the predictions of many analysts, big changes in the Roman Curia are not a priority for Benedict XVI.

Appointment of Cardinal Tauran to new post shows Pope’s commitment to inter-religions dialogue

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:37 am .- In a report on the recent naming of Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran to head the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Vatican Radio said the decision to appoint the cardinal shows the importance Pope Benedict XVI places on dialogue with other religious, including Islam.

Archbishop denounced division and tension government has fostered among Venezuelans

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:35 am .- Archbishop Reinaldo del Prette of Valencia said this week President Hugo Chavez’s heavy-handed manner of governing has created division and tension among Venezuelans, even among families.

Cardinal Dias calls for prayers in anticipation of release of Pope’s letter to Chinese Catholics

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:34 am .- Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, has launched a prayer campaign calling on all the feminine cloistered monasteries in Italy to pray that the soon-to-be released letter from Pope Benedict XVI to Catholics in China will be well-received and that they will be able to enjoy religious freedom.

Australian state passes law that supports stem-cell research

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:32 am .- Despite opposition from the Catholic Church and a prayer campaign by Christian MPs, the NSW Upper House passed a law that lifts the ban on embryonic stem-cell research in the Australian state. The Bill passed by a vote of 28 to 13.

UK bishops say hybrid embryos should be treated as human embryos

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:29 am .- Parliament is expected to debate a draft bill later this year that would allow scientists to create hybrid embryos for research as long as they are destroyed within two weeks.

Victory for Catholic Teacher Told to Pay Dues or Change Religions

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:25 am .- A U.S. District Court judge struck down an Ohio law that allowed only those public employees who belong to certain religious denominations the right to claim a religious objection to paying union dues.

European foreign affairs minister says aid to Nicaragua will only come with changing of abortion law

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:20 am .- The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Development Cooperation for the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, has announced that his country and the European Union will allow future economic assistance to Nicaragua on the condition that the country reverses its decision to ban “therapeutic” abortion.

American head of Vatican Communications and long-time “Voice of Vatican Christmas” moves on

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:15 am .- Made public this morning from Rome was the latest move in Pope Benedict XVI’s gradual rearrangement of the Vatican Curia.  Longtime President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Patrick Foley has been named to head the worldwide Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. 

Pope Benedict XVI focuses on St. Cyril: a master of Catechesis

Jun 27, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, greeted the thousands of pilgrims gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI auditorium this morning, continuing his cycle of catechesis on the Church Fathers by commenting on a master of catechisis himself - St. Cyril of Jerusalem.

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