Archive of June 27, 2008

Mugabe opponents denounce 'sham' election

Jun 27, 2008 - 06:12 pm .- Zimbabwe’s political opposition urged the international community to reject the results of Friday’s run-off presidential election in which President Robert Mugabe stood as the sole candidate.

Pope Benedict desires to have more bishops from mainland China visit

Jun 27, 2008 - 04:46 pm .- This morning, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his desire to welcome more bishops from mainland China to the Vatican soon. His prayer for the visits occured during a meeting with bishops from the Chinese dioceses of Hong Kong and Macao on their “ad limina” visit.

Diocesan phase of canonization process for St. Josemaria Escriva’s successor closed

Jun 27, 2008 - 03:11 pm .- The Vicar for the Diocese of Rome, Cardinal Camilo Ruini, presided this week over the closing of the diocesan phase of the process of canonization for the Prelate of Opus Dei, Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, who was the first successor of St. Josemaria Escriva.

Don’t abandon drug addicts, says president of Chilean Bishops’ Conference

Jun 27, 2008 - 02:21 pm .- The president of the Bishop’s Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, called on Catholics and society in general this week not to abandon drug addicts and to combat the plague of drugs. This plague, he said, affects not only those with low incomes “but also those who are well-off and are often burdened by the lack of meaning in their lives.”

Socialists and green party lawmakers grant rights to apes not enjoyed by humans

Jun 27, 2008 - 01:08 pm .- The civil rights watchdog website reported this week that Spain’s Socialist Party and the Green Party of Catalonia have grated orangutans, chimpanzees, gorillas and other apes the “inalienable right” of “companions of humanity.”

Archbishop Burke appointed to head Vatican ‘Supreme Court’

Jun 27, 2008 - 10:50 am .- Today the Holy Father appointed Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.  The archbishop, one of the leading experts of Canon law in the United States will leave the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Missouri to take up his new post in Rome near the end of August.

Pope praises Card. Ruini for missionary spirit, welcomes Card. Vallini as vicar

Jun 27, 2008 - 10:21 am .- Pope Benedict XVI brought together around 400 people from the Diocese of Rome on Friday to thank Cardinal Camillo Ruini for his service as the Vicar of Rome and to introduce Cardinal Agostino Vallini as the new vicar. Among the developments of Ruini’s tenure that the Pope highlighted was the spread of a spirit of mission.

Gov. Schwarzenegger commits to 20 daily rosaries to help pass health care plan

Jun 27, 2008 - 06:28 am .- Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger spoke to a meeting of the Catholic Healthcare Association (CHA) in San Diego on Monday on the topic of healthcare reform, pledging to pray “twenty rosaries every day” if that is what is necessary to have the California legislature pass his health care plan.

Florida bishops ask governor to stop state executions

Jun 27, 2008 - 05:17 am .- The archbishops and bishops of Florida have delivered a letter to Florida Governor Charlie Crist urging him to stop executions in the state, beginning with the scheduled July 1 execution of Mark Dean Schwab.

Conference preparing declaration on state of Anglican Communion

Jun 27, 2008 - 02:59 am .- At a press conference on Thursday, Kenyan Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Nzimbi gave an update on a statement assessing the state of the Anglican Communion, which is being drafted by the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) at their Jerusalem meeting.

China to permit limited Bible distribution at Olympics

Jun 27, 2008 - 01:36 am .- The Chinese government has said it will permit booklets of the Gospels, New Testaments, and full Bibles to be distributed during the Olympic Games, even though it normally controls publication of the Bible.

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