Archive of May 29, 2008

Algerian archbishop calls on Muslim government to free convert to Christianity

May 29, 2008 - 11:43 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Henri Teissier of Algeria has called on that country’s government to free Christian convert Habiba Kouider, who was arrested on April 1 for “practicing a non-Muslim religion” and is facing a three-year prison sentence requested by prosecutors.

Cardinal in charge of Catholic education visits NY elementary school

May 29, 2008 - 09:47 pm .- New York will receive a prestigious visitor on Friday, the Diocese of Rockville Centre has announced. Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, who is in charge of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, will visit St. Agnes Elementary School to witness an average day in Catholic education.

Catholic hospital’s nurses vote against joining pro-abortion union

May 29, 2008 - 08:03 pm .- Nurses at a Catholic hospital in Fresno have voted against joining a pro-abortion nurses’ union by a vote of 452 to 327.

Pope’s World Youth Day itinerary released

May 29, 2008 - 06:17 pm .- The organizers of World Youth Day have released a partial itinerary for Pope Benedict XVI’s time at the international youth event.

Photos link Governor Sebelius to late-term abortionist

May 29, 2008 - 05:29 pm .- In the wake of the Archbishop of Kansas City’s reaffirmation of his public admonishment of Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her pro-abortion politics, a pro-life group has published damaging photographs showing Sebelius hosting a reception at the governor’s residence for a late-term abortionist and the staff of his abortion clinic. 

Paraguayan president-elect names ex-priest Minister of Social Affairs

May 29, 2008 - 03:41 pm .- In a decision that could increase tensions with the Vatican, Paraguay’s president-elect, former bishop Fernando Lugo, has named ex-priest Pablino Caceres as Secretary of the Ministry of Social Affairs, whose mission is to fight poverty in the country.

Vatican decrees excommunication for participation in 'ordination' of women

May 29, 2008 - 02:29 pm .- The Vatican declared today that any women who attempt “ordination” or any bishops who attempt to “ordain” women are automatically excommunicated from the Church by their actions. The decree from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is said to be absolute, universal and immediately effective.

True human education places God at the center, Pope encourages Italians

May 29, 2008 - 10:34 am .- The Vatican’s Synod Hall was filled today by the bishops of Italy as they listened to the Pope’s address on the theme of evangelization and education among the new generations. The Holy Father spoke of the “educational emergency” in forming the youth and insisted that truly human formation involves God.  

Pope praises Uganda’s AIDS prevention program

May 29, 2008 - 10:29 am .- Among Pope Benedict XVI’s meetings today was the reception of nine new ambassadors to the Vatican, an unusually high number. In his address to Uganda’s new ambassador Nyine S. Bitahwa, the Holy Father praised the country’s successful efforts to curb the spread of AIDS through encouraging abstinence and fidelity, in defiance of U.N. pressure to rely only on condoms.

Exhibition on Matilda of Canossa opens at Vatican museums

May 29, 2008 - 10:25 am .- The exhibit, “Matilda of Canossa, the Papacy and the Empire” which will open at Vatican museums on August 31, was presented this morning at the Vatican.

Holy See and Israel report progress in discussions on Church tax status

May 29, 2008 - 09:49 am .- On Wednesday the Holy See’s Bilateral Working Commission for negotiations with Israel met at the Vatican to continue discussions on the tax status of the Church in the Holy Land.

Cardinal Zen regrets timing of publication of critical remarks in quake aftermath

May 29, 2008 - 04:17 am .- Bishop of Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun has said his interview with an Italian newspaper, in which he warned that Chinese nationalism could lead to fascism and dictatorship, was “belated and misplaced” for being published in the aftermath of the devastating Sichuan earthquake.

Schismatic St. Louis parish loses appeal to Vatican

May 29, 2008 - 01:03 am .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has confirmed Archbishop of St. Louis Raymond Burke’s decree excommunicating the board of directors of a schismatic parish.  Archbishop Burke had excommunicated the leaders of the breakaway ethnically Polish parish for hiring a suspended priest to celebrate the Sacraments and sacramentals. 

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