Archive of June 24, 2008

Italian businessman who claimed to be Vatican insider to face fraud charges

Jun 24, 2008 - 11:59 pm .- An Italian businessman who claimed to have close connections with the Vatican in his appeals to real estate investors was arrested on Tuesday on charges of operating a fraudulent real estate scheme.

Pope appoints presidents for bishops’ synod on the Bible

Jun 24, 2008 - 11:43 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Cardinal William Joseph Levada, Cardinal Oswald Gracias and Cardinal Odilo Pedro Scherer, as presidents of the bishops’ synod on the Bible.

Bishops of South Africa rebuke Mugabe’s role in election crisis

Jun 24, 2008 - 08:00 pm .- Following the withdrawal of Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai from the country’s presidential race, the Catholic Bishops of Southern Africa have asked all African states to reject President Robert Mugabe should he be declared winner of Friday’s presidential run-off election. They also warned a humanitarian crisis looms unless there is a unified international effort to rebuke the abuses of the Mugabe government.

Colombian bishop says revelation of proof that hostages are still alive is suspect

Jun 24, 2008 - 07:01 pm .- The secretary general of the Colombian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez, said this week that even though FARC has offered proof that the hostages it holds are alive, the group could be “politically motivated” in doing so.

Holy See issues ultimatum to Pius X Society, Vatican expert reveals

Jun 24, 2008 - 06:34 pm .- According to Andrea Tornielli, who claims to have a copy of the original letter sent by the Holy See to the schismatic Bishop Bernard Fellay, head of the St. Pius X Society, the Holy See has given an ultimatum to the Society, with a deadline of June 30 for it to respond.

More companies back away from anti-Catholic TV program in Spain

Jun 24, 2008 - 04:57 pm .- The civil rights watchdog website HazteOir.org reported this week that the Japanese company Fujitsu has said it does not have an advertising contract with La Sexta television in Spain and will not run spots during the controversial program “Salvados por la Iglesia” (Saved by the Church), which mocks the Catholic faith.

Mexico is land of life and not of death, says Cardinal Rivera

Jun 24, 2008 - 02:39 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, addressed the upcoming Supreme Court decision on whether or not to strike down the law legalizing abortion Mexico City, by saying that “Mexico is a land of life and not of death.” He also called on Mexicans to stand up for life.

Dobson rips Obama for intentionally distorting Scripture

Jun 24, 2008 - 01:29 pm .- After having launched an effort to reach out to religious conservatives, Barack Obama is being criticized for deliberately misinterpreting the Bible by Dr. James Dobson, president of Focus on the Family.

First Mass of Pauline Year to be ecumenical; Pope to give palliums to 43 archbishops

Jun 24, 2008 - 10:40 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff announced that on June 29, the Solemnity of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate the Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. in the Vatican Basilica.  The Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I is also scheduled to participate in the ceremony.

Cardinal Bagnasco: Impossible for divorced and remarried to receive Communion

Jun 24, 2008 - 10:19 am .- The Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, said this week the impossibility of divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion “does not depend on an external disposition but rather comes from the interior of the sacrament of the Eucharist itself, the sacrament of the perennial unity between the love of Christ and humanity.”

Vatican and Filipino officials will cooperate to preserve historic Filipino churches

Jun 24, 2008 - 05:51 am .- On May 29, at the Philippine Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Manila, representatives from both the Vatican and the Philippines exchanged an agreement signed April 17, 2007 regarding the care of historic Catholic churches in the region.

Catholics in Philippines assist Typhoon Fengshen victims

Jun 24, 2008 - 03:32 am .- The Catholic Church in the Philippines is working in the aftermath of Typhoon Fengshen to help evacuees and other victims of the storm that, according to Reuters, has killed 224 known victims and left hundreds missing.

U.S. bishops respond to new Pew study of Americans’ religious belief

Jun 24, 2008 - 01:17 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement in response to a study from the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life which reported that Americans have a non-dogmatic approach to religion.

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