Archive of June 25, 2008

Archdiocese of Military hires first national vocations director

Jun 25, 2008 - 11:06 pm .- Four weeks into his new job, Fr. John McLaughlin says that that his position as the first national vocations director for the Archdiocese of the Military has so far been “a pleasurable experience.”

Same-sex marriage could threaten civil liberties and religious freedoms

Jun 25, 2008 - 09:01 pm .- Matt Daniels, Founder and President of the Alliance for Marriage, has warned that the legal recognition of same-sex marriages further threatens Americans’ civil liberties and religious freedoms, some of which have already been affected by anti-discrimination laws protecting sexual orientation.

Iraqi bishop warns of effort to empty Middle East of Christians

Jun 25, 2008 - 07:41 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Shlemon Warduni of Baghdad warned this week that there is an effort underway “to rid the Middle East of Christians.” According to the bishop, “The war has destroyed everything and even the tradition of coexistence.  One-third of Christians have fled the country because of threats, abuse and violence.”

Orthodox leader says Vatican is a 'key ally' in defense of morality

Jun 25, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- The Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported this week that a top official of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the Vatican its most important ally in the task of protecting the moral values of the Christian religion in the modern world.

Pope prefers Communion on the tongue, Msgr. Marini says

Jun 25, 2008 - 04:51 pm .- In interview published in the Wednesday edition of L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict’s new Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Guido Marini, says he believes that people receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue will become common practice at the Vatican.

Multimedia project aims to promote abortion under guise of neutrality

Jun 25, 2008 - 04:05 pm .- Carlos Polo, the director of the Latin American Office of the Population Research Institute, warned this week that those behind the multimedia project called “The Decency Gap” are trying to portray themselves as neutral in order to “continue ahead with the intention of misinforming people about the reality of abortion.”

Christians of Holy Land await “hour of resurrection” says new Jerusalem Patriarch

Jun 25, 2008 - 02:48 pm .- The new Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Fouad Twal, who was named to the post a few days ago by Pope Benedict XVI to replace retiring Patriarch Michel Sabbah, said this week, “Our people of the Holy Land, like all the peoples of the Middle East, continue to weep and suffer awaiting the hour of their liberation, the hour of their resurrection, because their way of the cross continues.”

Vatican disappointed in Italian media’s handling of Orlandi case

Jun 25, 2008 - 10:57 am .- The Vatican has said it regrets the speculation in the Italian media that the deceased Archbishop Paul Marcinkus was involved in the disappearance of a Vatican employee’s daughter in 1983.

St. Maximus teaches us to give courageous witness to Christ, Pope says

Jun 25, 2008 - 10:21 am .- Pope Benedict XVI addressed some 14,000 thousand pilgrims today from beneath a white canopy as the sun blazed down on St. Peter’s Square. The Holy Father, continuing his catechesis on the great figures of the Church, spoke of St. Maximus the Confessor, a monk, theologian and scholar, who was famous for his courageous witness to Christ.

Pope Benedict expresses delight in Malayalam translation of "Osservatore Romano"

Jun 25, 2008 - 10:20 am .- Today the Holy Father expressed his appreciation for the first Malayalam language version of the "Osservatore Romano." In a message, he said that it is his hope that the new translation will deepen the faith of those residing in the Indian state of Kerala where Malayalam is spoken.

Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis forbids ‘gay pride’ service from church

Jun 25, 2008 - 05:00 am .- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has forbidden one of its parishes, St. Joan of Arc Church, from holding a “gay pride” prayer service because the event violates the teachings of the Church.

Pfizer to invest in adult stem-cell treatment for eyes

Jun 25, 2008 - 03:01 am .- The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced that it is funding a new adult stem-cell treatment that could treat diabetes-induced retinal damage, a leading cause of blindness.

More Catholics leaning towards Democrats, poll reports

Jun 25, 2008 - 01:23 am .- A new survey from Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) indicates that Catholics may lean towards voting for the Democratic candidate for president in the 2008 election.

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