Archive of May 30, 2008

Gunmen invade home of Nigerian archbishop in possible assassination attempt

May 30, 2008 - 09:02 pm .- Suspected assassins invaded the home of Archbishop Alaba Job on Wednesday night, wielding guns and demanding to see the archbishop.  Before leaving, the unknown attackers injured the archbishop’s private secretary, Father Victor Amole, and two security guards.

Rumors Cardinal Levada to be replaced by Cardinal Schönborn unfounded

May 30, 2008 - 04:54 pm .- In response to a report in the Italian daily “La Repubblica” that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn could become the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Vienna, Erich Leitenberger, said on Stephanscom Austrian Radio that the rumor was unfounded.

Cardinal George regrets Chicago priest’s 'personal attack' on Sen. Clinton

May 30, 2008 - 02:15 pm .- Cardinal Francis George, Archbishop of Chicago, has responded to a Chicago priest’s comments deriding Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and advocating the candidacy of Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, her opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination.  Cardinal George said he regretted the remarks, calling them a partisan “political attack.”

Brazilian bishops deplore approval of law allowing research on embryos

May 30, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Brazil issued a statement yesterday deploring the approval of law that allows research with human embryos and underscoring its firm commitment to the defense of life from conception to natural death.

Full papal itinerary for World Youth Day released

May 30, 2008 - 11:07 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office has released the full itinerary for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to World Youth Day, which will take place July 15-20.

Church in Myanmar shows signs of hope despite difficulties, Pope says

May 30, 2008 - 10:36 am .- Bishops from the afflicted country of Myanmar visited with Pope Benedict at the Vatican today, as they concluded their “ad limina” journey. In his time with the bishops, the Pope expressed his pleasure at the increase in religious vocations and the involvement of the laity in their country.

Special Mass to be celebrated for St. Paul’s conversion

May 30, 2008 - 10:34 am .- The Year of St. Paul is fast approaching and in preparation for the celebrations of the Apostle to the Gentiles, permission has been given for a Mass for the Feast of St. Paul’s conversion to be celebrated on a Sunday.

Benedict XVI's prayer intentions for June

May 30, 2008 - 10:22 am .- The Vatican's press office released the Holy Father's prayer intentions today for the month of June.

Pope thanks Russian Orthodox Patriarch for their growing friendship

May 30, 2008 - 10:09 am .- During his visit to Russia, Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity met with Holiness Alexis II, Patriarch of Moscow, and delivered a message from the Holy Father.  In his letter, Pope Benedict highlighted the similarities of the two Christian religions and expressed gratitude for the dialogue between the two churches.

Bishops call on Mexicans to bravely defend life

May 30, 2008 - 06:38 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has sent a message to Catholics urging them to courageously defend the unborn as a decision by the country’s Supreme Court looms on the constitutionality of a law allowing abortion in Mexico City.

Spanish evangelicals support de-Christianization of public square

May 30, 2008 - 05:23 am .- The Spanish Evangelical Alliance issued a statement this week supporting a proposal by the United Left Party in Congress to eliminate religious symbols from all official ceremonies of public institution and entities.

Archbishop of Toronto chastises wayward Catholic school board

May 30, 2008 - 04:48 am .- As the Toronto Catholic District School Board works to avoid being taken over by the provincial government, the Archbishop of Toronto has rebuked the board for losing public trust, poorly representing the Catholic community, and falling “far short” of expected standards.

Governor of New York directs state agencies to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages

May 30, 2008 - 02:07 am .- The state of New York has announced that it will recognize homosexual marriages legally performed in other states and countries.

Hundreds of objections to Education for Citizenship presented in Madrid

May 30, 2008 - 01:06 am .- The organization Padres en Accion has sent more than 862 new objections to the controversial school course Education for Citizenship to the city of Madrid, making the total number of objections filed nearly 7,000. 

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