Archive of May 21, 2008

Political violence continues in Zimbabwe as election nears

May 21, 2008 - 11:54 pm .- Grave human rights abuses triggered by a disputed presidential election continue to afflict Zimbabwe.  Politically-motivated violence has affected thousands of victims and has driven many from their homes before next month’s presidential run-off election.

Hispanic families sue Catholic school over English-only policy

May 21, 2008 - 06:14 pm .- A Catholic school in Wichita is being sued by four Hispanic families over a policy that requires students to speak English in school at all times.

British lawmakers reject new abortion restrictions

May 21, 2008 - 04:39 pm .- The British House of Commons has rejected proposals to reduce the 24-week limit on legal abortion procedures.Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has spoken out about the results saying that many people will be "very disappointed" the outcome.

Mexican bishop calls for 'yes' to life this Sunday

May 21, 2008 - 02:02 pm .- Responding to a call by the Committee on the Laity of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Mario de Gasperin of Queretaro called on the faithful of his diocese to participate in a massive March for Life to be held this Sunday.

Cardinal Re recalls Cardinal Lopez Trujillo as defender of the Gospel and the family

May 21, 2008 - 01:12 pm .- During a Mass commemorating Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo death last month, the prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, recalled the late cardinal as a “passionate defender of the Gospel, with a robust strength of will, a brilliant clarity of thought and a man of boundless dedication and determination” for defending life and the family.

After 33 years, Cambodians recall anniversary of murdered bishop for the first time

May 21, 2008 - 11:49 am .- Thirty three years after his murder by the Khmer Rouge of Cambodia, Catholics in Cambodia have commemorated the anniversary of the death of Bishop Paul Tep-im Soth for the first time.

Living faith rescues our cultural heritage from the past, Pope says

May 21, 2008 - 09:48 am .- At the general audience today in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized the beauty of Christian culture, which, because it is rooted in Christ, has left a heritage that remains alive today.

Pope Benedict prays for successful ban on cluster munitions

May 21, 2008 - 05:32 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has prayed for the success of the Diplomatic Conference on Cluster Munitions as it opens in Ireland in hopes of negotiating a treaty banning the deadly weapons.

Vietnamese bishop protests government destruction of monastery to build hotel

May 21, 2008 - 03:23 am .- Bishop Thomas Nguyen Van Tan of the Diocese of Vinh Long has protested Vietnamese authorities’ plans to demolish a monastery and build a hotel on land confiscated from a religious order in 1977.

Los Angeles schools’ sex abuse scandal raises questions about double standards

May 21, 2008 - 01:18 am .- Revelations of administrators’ mishandling of sexually abuse committed in the Los Angeles Unified School District have prompted comparisons to the clerical sexual abuse scandal that has afflicted the Catholic Church in recent years.  Some are charging that there is a double standard which treats sexual abuse committed by educators less harshly than that committed by clerics.

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