Archive of June 23, 2008

Selective abortion causes severe imbalance of sexes in Indian regions

Jun 23, 2008 - 11:18 pm .- A new report by the British charity ActionAid indicates that unborn baby girls are being disproportionately aborted in some areas of India, while significant numbers who live until birth are being deliberately neglected and left to die. In one area in the state of Punjab, there are only 300 girls for every 1,000 boys among high cast families, the report claims.

Holy Father thanks Cardinal Ruini for his loyal service

Jun 23, 2008 - 10:33 pm .- As Cardinal Camillo Ruini celebrated the 25th anniversary of his consecration as bishop at a Mass on Saturday, he received a special gift—a letter from Pope Benedict thanking him for his dedicated service.

WYD registrations near 200,000 mark

Jun 23, 2008 - 08:11 pm .- Registrations for World Youth Day 2008 (WYD08) are nearing 200,000, organizers for the July event have announced.

Eucharist Congress in Atlanta breaks record with 30,000 participants

Jun 23, 2008 - 05:47 pm .- The Georgia International Convention Center in Atlanta was packed Saturday as about 30,000 Roman Catholics gathered for the second and final day of the 13th Eucharistic Congress of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Anglican traditionalist conference says it is defending “authentic Anglicanism”

Jun 23, 2008 - 04:21 pm .- The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a group of Anglicans seeking to preserve Christian orthodoxy in the Anglican Communion, began a key meeting in Jerusalem on Sunday, where a prominent Nigerian archbishop reemphasized the conference would not go into schism. 

Stasi: Persecution against the Church in Nicaragua was “serious error” of Sandinistas

Jun 23, 2008 - 02:39 pm .- Declassified files from the Ministry of Security, known as the Stasi, of the former East Germany show that the Sandinista government of Nicaragua in the 1980s “committed serious errors with the schematic application of Cuban experiences from conflicts with the Catholic Church.”

Polish teen undergoes abortion after pressure from anti-life forces

Jun 23, 2008 - 01:58 pm .- Polish Catholic News Agency reported last week that a 14 year-old Lublin girl known as “Agata” who was pregnant has undergone an abortion after pressure from her mother and from activists of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation.  The abortion took place on June 17, probably in the city of Gdansk.

Holy Father says Eucharist is a ‘mystery of alliance’ not a ‘meal among friends’

Jun 23, 2008 - 10:50 am .- The Pope addressed participants at the closing Mass for the 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Canada via satellite from the Vatican yesterday. In his homily, the Pope encouraged to look at the Eucharist as a “mystery of alliance” and not a “meal among friends.”  He also announced that the next International Eucharistic Congress will take place in 2012 in Dublin, Ireland.

'Look upon the world with the eyes of faith in order to live in hope'

Jun 23, 2008 - 10:22 am .- During a Mass Saturday at the Basilica of St. John Lateran celebrating his 25th year as bishop and marking the end of his tenure as Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Camilo Ruini left a “small testament” to the faithful encouraging them to “look upon the world with the eyes of faith and not to become discouraged ‘like others who have no hope’.”

Archbishop Fouad Twal becomes new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem

Jun 23, 2008 - 10:20 am .- On Saturday, June 21, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of His Beatitude Michel Sabbah upon having reached the age limit of 75 years old. Archbishop Fouad Twal has succeeded him as the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Holy See announces Pauline Year will begin next Saturday

Jun 23, 2008 - 09:46 am .- In anticipation of the beginning of the Pauline Year next Saturday, the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced today that celebrations of the Apostle will commence with Vespers.

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