Archive of June 30, 2008

Daughter of singer Charlotte Church baptized

Jun 30, 2008 - 11:01 pm .- Singer Charlotte Church and her partner Gavin Henson christened their daughter at a Catholic church in Cardiff on Saturday.

Religious freedom cornerstone of human rights, says Spanish cardinal

Jun 30, 2008 - 08:07 pm .- In his most recent pastoral letter, the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia said religious freedom is “the cornerstone of the building of human rights, which simultaneously entails the individual and the communitarian dimension.”

Anglican traditionalists sidestep Archbishop of Canterbury

Jun 30, 2008 - 07:17 pm .- The Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON), a group of traditionalist Anglicans, released its final statement in Jerusalem on Sunday relegating the Archbishop of Canterbury to the sidelines of the Anglican identity debate. The statement, titled the “Jerusalem Declaration,” calls for the creation of a new council of Anglican primates but also insists the conference is not breaking away from the Anglican Communion.

Cardinal Schönborn to moderate debate on creation and evolution at WYD

Jun 30, 2008 - 06:18 pm .- The organizers of World Youth Day 2008, which will be held July 15-20 in Sydney, are preparing a debate on creation and evolution which will be moderated by Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn of Vienna.

Bishops reject proposal to include right to abortion in Ecuadoran constitution

Jun 30, 2008 - 05:02 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador released a statement last week rejecting the approval by the Constitutional Assembly of an ambiguous clause that would open the door to abortion, and instead called on members of the Assembly to enshrine the inviolable right to life in the country’s new Constitution.

Pope Benedict considering trip to Africa in 2009

Jun 30, 2008 - 02:09 pm .- In an interview with the Italian newspaper Avvenire, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, pointed out that Pope Benedict XVI would like to visit Africa in 2009, although his travel agenda for next year "has not yet been fixed."

Archbishop deplores founding of false Reformed Catholic Church in Venezuela

Jun 30, 2008 - 12:35 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro and vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference deplored the founding of the self-proclaimed “Reformed Catholic Church,” whose leaders have aligned themselves publicly with “Bolivarian Socialism” and are receiving financial backing from the government of Hugo Chavez.

Orthodox join Catholics in celebrating Year of St. Paul

Jun 30, 2008 - 10:51 am .- Patriarch Bartholomew I, the ecumenical patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, arrived in Rome on Saturday to open the celebration of the Pauline Year with Pope Benedict.

To be a pastor, you must love Christ, Pope reminds archbishops

Jun 30, 2008 - 09:53 am .- The forty metropolitan archbishops who received their palliums on Sunday, accompanied by some of their family members, met with the Holy Father on Monday afternoon at the Vatican. The Pope reminded the archbishops in his address to them that, "The condition of service for all pastors is love for Christ… .”

CNA introduces new column for Pauline Year

Jun 30, 2008 - 08:48 am .- In celebration of the Jubilee Year of St. Paul, Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce that we have added Thomas Smith as a featured weekly columnist.  Smith describes his column, “Walking with St. Paul,” as a “virtual pilgrimage with St. Paul from his time as a zealous Pharisee, to his blinding encounter with Christ, to his climatic martyrdom at the heart of the Roman Empire.” 

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