Archive of May 1, 2008

Episcopalian diocese sues new Anglicans for real estate

May 1, 2008 - 11:28 pm .- A former Episcopalian diocese that left the denomination to join the Anglican jurisdiction of the Southern Cone is now being sued by its Episcopalian successor for its possessions and real estate.

Vatican affirms miraculous healing attributed to Bl. Father Damien

May 1, 2008 - 08:02 pm .- The Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints has ruled that a Hawaiian woman’s cure from cancer was a miracle linked to her prayers to Blessed Father Damien De Veuster.  The missionary priest, who was renowned for working with leprosy patients, is now one step closer to being declared a saint.

Destructive fire burns hermitage of John Michael Talbot

May 1, 2008 - 05:18 pm .- The common center and chapel buildings at the hermitage of the musician John Michael Talbot burned to the ground on Tuesday.

New seminary in Havana will form more than 100 seminarians

May 1, 2008 - 03:11 pm .- The Italian news agency SIR has reported that more than 100 seminarians will be able to study in the new seminary of the Archdiocese of Havana, the first to be built in 50 years in Cuba.

United Methodists uphold stance on traditional marriage

May 1, 2008 - 02:31 pm .- Yesterday the United Methodist General Conference delegates affirmed not only that marriage is between a man and a woman but that marriage is a "covenant of monogamous, heterosexual marriage," an issue regarded as one of the most controversial within the church. 

Archbishop recalls relationship between work and man’s dignity

May 1, 2008 - 01:59 pm .- Archbishop Jose Maria Arancedo of Santa Fe de la Vera Cruz recalled this week that International Workers’ Day, May 1, coincides with the celebration of the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and he said, “the value of work lies precisely in that it is man who carries it out.”

Cause of beatification opened for Guatemalan Carmelite religious

May 1, 2008 - 01:33 pm .- The Archbishop of Guatemala, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, has opened the cause of beatification for Carmelite Sister Maria Teresa of the Most Holy Trinity.  The ceremony took place at the archdiocesan cathedral and was attended by members of her religious congregation, family members and devotees of Sister Maria Teresa.

Archbishop of Guayaquil clarifies that he did not ask for special rights for homosexuals

May 1, 2008 - 12:01 pm .- In an open letter to Ecuadorian Catholics, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador, Archbishop Antonio Arregui of Guayaquil, responded to media reports that distorted his statements by saying that he was not asking for special rights for homosexuals.

Survey: U.S. has highest interest in the Bible

May 1, 2008 - 10:59 am .- In preparation for the next gathering of the Catholic bishops around the world, the Catholic Biblical Federation has conducted an extensive survey regarding how the Bible is read in 13 different countries. The survey reports that the U.S. is the one of most Bible-believing nations and the one that is most interested in the Scriptures.

Cardinal Pell worries Australian bill of rights proposal could spark “culture war”

May 1, 2008 - 06:22 am .- Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has responded to a proposed bill of rights by arguing that such rights are best protected by a democratically elected parliament instead of courts of law, the West Australian reports.  The cardinal also expressed concern that if such a proposal is enacted, it could spark a “culture war” in Australia similar to the cultural, moral, and legal conflicts in the United States.

New bishop takes office in Diocese of Lansing

May 1, 2008 - 04:33 am .- Bishop Earl Boyea was installed as bishop of the Diocese of Lansing on Tuesday in a Mass attended by the papal nuncio, a cardinal, 24 bishops, and more than 100 priests.

Cardinal Rigali praises proposed human-animal hybrid embryo ban

May 1, 2008 - 02:41 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities, has welcomed a bill proposal in the U.S. Congress that would ban the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos.  He called the legislation “an opportunity to rein in an egregious and disturbing misuse of technology to undermine human dignity.”

Scottish soccer team could face reprimand for “Holy Goalie’s” Pope shirt

May 1, 2008 - 01:08 am .- A Scottish soccer team could be censured after a player displayed a shirt that said “God Bless the Pope” in a post-game victory celebration, the BBC reports.

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