Archive of June 28, 2007

Cuban government seeking to make adoption a “right” for homosexual couples

Jun 28, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The Communist Party of Cuba has welcomed a plan to reform the country’s family laws to grant “full rights” to homosexual couples, including the adoption of children, allowing sex and identity changes for transsexuals and in the long term legalizing homosexual unions.

Church in Mozambique organizes tithing campaign to overcome financial crisis

Jun 28, 2007 - 12:15 pm .- Archbishop Francisco Chimoio of Maputo told the local publication Magazine Independiente this week that the archdiocese has launched a tithing campaign to “overcome the financial crisis and allow the archdiocese to achieve economic autonomy.”

Five thousand British convert to Catholicism each year, says British priest

Jun 28, 2007 - 12:14 pm .- In an interview with the Spanish daily “La Razon,” Father Gerard Sheehan, pastor of the Church of St. Thomas Moore, said that in his Diocese of Westminster-London, each year some 800 new Catholics are baptized or received into full communion with the Church.”

Only four countries in Europe offer gynecology degrees without requiring abortion

Jun 28, 2007 - 12:12 pm .- The president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, Dr. Jose Maria Simon, said this week med students can obtain gynecology degrees without having to perform abortions in four countries in Europe—Spain, Italy, Portugal and Greece.

Christians in Iraq continue to flee in face of killings, bombings

Jun 28, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The release of eight kidnapped Christians on Friday was welcomed by Iraq’s Christian community. However, numerous other Christians continue to be killed or driven out of their homeland by the increasing violence and killings.

Cardinal Keeler returns to residence after brain surgery

Jun 28, 2007 - 11:30 am .- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore has returned to his residence after spending about a week in the hospital while recovering from brain surgery.

Giuliani’s ‘Catholic campaigning’ problematic, says Village Voice

Jun 28, 2007 - 11:28 am .- A recent article in New York’s Village Voice claims that Rudy Giuliani is using his Catholicity to gain political advantage in his current campaign for Republican presidential candidate.

Pope Benedict names new bishop for Diocese of Superior

Jun 28, 2007 - 09:21 am .- The Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, has accepted the resignation offered by Bishop Raphael M. Fliss due to his reaching the canonical age of retirement and named a new bishop for the Diocese of Superior.  Bishop-elect Peter F. Christensen will take the helm of the northern-Wisconsin diocese after serving for 22 years as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Vatican announces Synod for Africa in 2009

Jun 28, 2007 - 08:28 am .- According to a press release made public this morning Pope Benedict XVI has called a Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops.

Vatican announces Tridentine Mass Motu Proprio to come “within a few days”

Jun 28, 2007 - 08:19 am .- Made public from the Holy See Press Office this morning was a special communiqué regarding Benedict XVI’s forthcoming “Motu Proprio” on the use of the Missal promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962.   The press release states that, "Yesterday afternoon in the Vatican, a meeting was held under the presidency of the Cardinal Secretary of State in which the content and spirit of the Holy Father's forthcoming 'Motu Proprio' on the use of the Missal promulgated by John XXIII in 1962 was explained to representatives from various episcopal conferences.”

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