Archive of June 2, 2008

Pope Benedict avoids meeting with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad

Jun 2, 2008 - 10:50 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has reportedly canceled meetings with seven world leaders to avoid encountering Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ten states petition California to delay same-sex marriages

Jun 2, 2008 - 07:40 pm .- Attorneys general from ten states on Friday asked the California Supreme Court to delay until November its ruling implementing legal same-sex marriages.

Human development must place man at the center, Pope says

Jun 2, 2008 - 06:14 pm .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI received members of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice organization, telling them that “harmonious” human development is possible and that mankind must remain the focus of all economic planning.

Brazil Without Abortion movement decries approval of research with embryos

Jun 2, 2008 - 05:24 pm .- The movement Brazil Without Abortion decried the ruling by the country’s Supreme Court to uphold the Law on Biosecurity that allows for research with human embryos to treat illnesses, despite the fact that scientists around the world have moved away from this method.

Marked increase in number of pilgrims visiting Holy Land

Jun 2, 2008 - 04:31 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of Jerusalem told L’Osservatore Romano this week that there has been a marked increase in the number of pilgrims visiting the Holy Land, thus allowing for the Church in Israel and peace in the Middle East to be promoted.

Pope calls for continued reform in Guatemala

Jun 2, 2008 - 03:51 pm .- On Saturday morning the new ambassador from the land of “eternal spring” or Guatemala was received by Pope Benedict at the Vatican. The topics raised by the Pope during the meeting included emigration, poverty, proper nutrition and violence.

Political authorities cannot restrict or eliminate human rights, Mexican bishop warns

Jun 2, 2008 - 02:31 pm .- Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of Tehuacan in Mexico said last week that political authorities of any level “lack the faculties to restrict or eliminate human rights, which derive from the inherent dignity of the human person.”

Liberals in Belgium propose euthanasia for children and persons with dementia

Jun 2, 2008 - 01:57 pm .- The Liberal Party in Belgium has put forth a measure that would expand the country’s euthanasia law passed in 2002 to allow it to be applied to children and persons with dementia.

Cardinal Lozano expresses thanks for prayers during struggle with cancer

Jun 2, 2008 - 11:55 am .- Speaking on Mexican television, the president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, thanked the faithful for their prayers after he underwent an operation for pancreatic cancer last month.

Holy Father announces the ‘Exposition of the Shroud’ in 2010

Jun 2, 2008 - 10:30 am .- Today the Pope welcomed 7,000 faithful from the archdiocese of Turin, Italy.  After extolling their efforts to grow deeper in the faith, the Holy Father announced that in the spring of 2010, there will be an exposition of the Shroud of Turin.

Mary’s vision of history is the most true and profound, Benedict XVI says

Jun 2, 2008 - 09:55 am .- As May’s last day came to a close on Saturday, Cardinal Angelo Comastri and Pope Benedict held a celebration to mark the end of the month of Mary. In his words on Mary, the Pope pointed to how her Magnificat remains the truest and most insightful understanding of history.

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