Archive of July 25, 2007

Young priest gives up drinking in solidarity with minors

Jul 25, 2007 - 11:34 am .- A 25-year-old priest has made headlines after delivering a homily on Sunday in which he urged parents not to abuse alcohol and to model appropriate behavior to their children and teens.

New director for Vatican publishing house

Jul 25, 2007 - 11:31 am .- Salesian Father Giuseppe Costa has been named the new director of the Libreria Editrice Vaticana, the Vatican’s publishing house, replacing the outgoing director Father Claudio Rossini, who held the post for five years.

Personal friend of Benedict to defend pontiff's statements on Latin Mass, Protestants

Jul 25, 2007 - 11:26 am .- A personal friend of Pope Benedict XVI will defend the pontiff's recent controversial remarks, supporting the traditional Latin Mass and saying that non-Catholic Christian communities cannot be called churches “in the proper sense.”

Relics of armed services' patron saints to go on tour

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Two Los Angeles based organizations are marshalling the heavenly forces to protect those who serve in the US armed services. Called Operation: Special Intention, the International Crusade for Holy Relics(ICHR) and the deacons of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles are launching a tour of the relics of the patron saints of the armed forces.

Taliban grows impatient, kills South Korean hostage

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:32 am .- Taliban militants in Afghanistan who took 23 South Korean Christians hostage, have reportedly killed one of them after losing patience with negotiations, claimed their unofficial spokesman. "Since Kabul's administration did not listen to our demand and did not free our prisoners, the Taliban shot dead a male Korean hostage,” Qari Yousef Ahmadi, the alleged news representative for the Taliban, told Reuters by phone from an unknown location.

Muslim businessman takes over Kerala's century-old Catholic daily

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:31 am .- A Muslim businessman has become owner of a newspaper that the Catholic Church ran for more than 100 years in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

Archbishop clears up media distortions about Pope’s Motu Propio on Latin Mass

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:20 am .- Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza of Valladolid (Spain) said this week the Pope’s intention behind allowing greater use of the Missal of 1962 is not to turn the clock back, as many have said, but rather to foster “unity among Catholics...

Pope prays for victims of bus accident in France

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:13 am .- Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow this week and offered prayers for the victims of the bus accident in France, which took  the lives of 27 Poles who were returning from pilgrimages to various Marian shrines in Europe.

Australian citizenship test will include Christian heritage

Jul 25, 2007 - 10:06 am .- The compulsory citizenship test that measures understanding of Australian values will include questions on the country’s Judeo-Christian background.

Spanish court allows complaint against abortion doctor to go forward

Jul 25, 2007 - 09:55 am .- A court in Barcelona has allowed a lawsuit filed by the association E-Cristians to go forward against abortion “doctor” Carlos Morin and his accomplices for carrying out illegal abortions.

Pope Benedict discusses the pastoral situation of Church in Italy with priests

Jul 25, 2007 - 09:28 am .- During a meeting on July 24 with some 400 priests from the dioceses of Belluno and Treviso in northern Italy, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about God, modern man, and the Church.“We spoke about God, the Church, and humanity today, and above all, about the fact that we are the Church and that in this journey we must all collaborate,” the Holy Father said about his meeting with clergy at the Church of St. Justin the Martyr in the small town of Auronzo.

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