Archive of July 20, 2007

Colombian bishops reject calumnies against slain archbishop

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:31 am .- The bishops of Colombia, together with other leaders and government officials, have strongly rejected claims that Archbishop Isaias Duarte Cancino of Cali, who was killed in 2002, was a consulter to the rebel group United Self-Defenses of Colombia.

Colombian natives restore centuries-old church

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:25 am .- Fourteen native Colombians of the Paeces tribe are rebuilding the Church of St. Rose of Lima, built 200 years ago in the town of Tierradentro-Cauca. 

Archbishop of Valencia questions “absolutism of State” in Spanish education

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:21 am .- In his weekly letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia said those who support the absolutism of the State in the area of education are violating the country’s constitution and basic human rights.

Cardinal Bertone: clergy sexual abuse attacks identity and mission of the Church

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:16 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said this week cases of alleged sexual abuse by members of the clergy are an “attack on the identity and mission” of priests and should not overshadow the work of the vast majority of priests.

First deaf-mute priest ordained in Asia

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:16 am .- On July 6 Cardinal Cheong Jin-Suk of Seoul, South Korea, ordained the first deaf-mute priest in Asia, Father Benedict Park Min-Seo, after 22 years of vocational discernment and study.

Archbishop Burke speaks to Confraternity; clergy voice their full support

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy, a national association of 600 priests and deacons has just concluded their 32nd annual convention at which Archbishop Raymond Burke was the keynote speaker.

New British PM Gordon Brown promise to crack-down on "homophobia" related to gay agenda

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Religious leaders and pro-family advocates in the United Kingdom are concerned that the new prime minister’s promise to advance homosexual rights at home and abroad will jeopardize protections for freedom of speech and religious expression.

Israeli authorities threaten bookstores with fines over Harry Potter launch

Jul 20, 2007 - 11:01 am .- Israeli authorities are urging local bookstores not to participate in the international launch of the final book in the best-selling Harry Potter series because it falls on the Sabbath.

House allocates $15M to National Cord Blood Inventory program

Jul 20, 2007 - 10:12 am .- The National Cord Blood Inventory will receive $11 million more than initially planned thanks to an amendment to the current federal spending bill. The House accepted the amendment, introduced by U.S. Reps. Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Artur Davis (D-AL), on Wednesday.

Cardinal Bertone says prayer for conversion of Jews in Latin Mass could go

Jul 20, 2007 - 09:53 am .- Italian Jewish leaders expressed relief on Thursday after the Vatican Secretary of State said the prayer for the conversion of Jews could be eliminated from the recently re-introduced Latin Mass.Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said the removal of the prayer would "solve all the problems,” reported ANSA.

Italian missionary priest freed by Abu Sayyaf, Benedict XVI rejoices

Jul 20, 2007 - 09:40 am .- The Italian missionary priest, Fr. Giancarlo Bossi, who was kidnapped this past June 10th was is now a free man. Pope Benedict XVI, who has been following the situation closely and has been praying for his release every day, has said he is filled with joy to hear of Fr. Bossi’s release. Father Bossi was recovered by police in the southern Filipino town of Karumatan yesterday, after having been held captive for 40 days by followers of the terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.

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