Archive of May 20, 2008

Tony Blair's wife praises contraceptives in TV interview

May 20, 2008 - 10:15 pm .- Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair, appeared to contradict Catholic teaching on artificial birth control during a television interview in which she talked about the impact of contraception on women’s lives.

Argentinean president reverses position, decides to participate in Te Deum

May 20, 2008 - 09:37 pm .- Argentina’s president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has reversed a government decision to organize a “multi-religious ceremony” and will instead attend the traditional Te Deum ceremony, which commemorates important political changes that took place in Buenos Aires on May 25, 1810.

Mexican cardinal encouraged devotion to martyrs of the Cristero War

May 20, 2008 - 06:58 pm .- In preparation for the eighth anniversary of the canonization of the martyrs of Jalisco of the Cristero War, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara is encouraging the faithful to participate in the festivities scheduled for May 21.

Proposed human-animal hybrid embryo ban fails in UK

May 20, 2008 - 05:26 pm .- Despite criticism that the research techniques involved are unethical and overhyped, British lawmakers on Monday defeated a proposal to ban the creation of human-animal hybrid embryos for medical research.

Church in Paraguay warns occupation of land aggravates tensions in the country

May 20, 2008 - 04:19 pm .- The Diocese of San Pedro in Paraguay has issued a statement warning that the violent occupation of private property is only leading to more violence and strife between Paraguayans.

Education minister reaffirms intolerance of parents who object to Socialist course

May 20, 2008 - 02:01 pm .- In an interview with the Socialist daily El Pais this past Sunday, Spain’s Minister of Education, Mercedes Cabrera, reaffirmed the government’s policy of complete intolerance of parents who conscientiously object to the controversial course “Education for Citizenship.”

Catholic bishop rejects execution of Iraqi archbishop’s murderer

May 20, 2008 - 01:34 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Shlemo Warduni of Baghdad has rejected the death sentence the Iraqi government has handed down against Al Qaeda leader Ahmed Ali Ahmed, who participated in the kidnapping and murder of Catholic Chaldean Archbishop Paulos Faraj Rahho of Mosul.

Social Communications council to focus on Catholic contribution to communications

May 20, 2008 - 09:51 am .- The Pope’s council for Social Communications will be holding a summit this coming weekend to strengthen its ties with Catholic universities and the ever-changing realm of communications.

Archbishop Burke to ordain nine to priesthood after making vocations 'top priority'

May 20, 2008 - 05:33 am .- Archbishop of St. Louis Raymond L. Burke will ordain nine men to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of St. Louis on Saturday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Catholics in China mourn the dead, join earthquake rescue efforts

May 20, 2008 - 03:19 am .- Chinese Catholics joined the rest of their country in a moment of silence on Monday to mourn and pray for those killed and injured in the massive earthquake that hit southwestern China last week.

Iraqi government sentences al Qaeda leader to death for Archbishop Rahho’s murder

May 20, 2008 - 01:59 am .- The Iraqi government said on Sunday that a leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq has been sentenced to death for the March killing of Chaldean Catholic Bishop Paulos Faraj Rahho.

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