Archive of April 26, 2010

Papal visit to UK unaffected by ‘disrespectful’ Foreign Office memo

Apr 26, 2010 - 11:08 pm .- The British Foreign Office has apologized over a leaked memo which suggested Pope Benedict XVI bless a same-sex “marriage” or open an abortion clinic during an “ideal visit.” A Vatican spokesman said the incident would not affect the upcoming papal visit to England and Scotland.

Brazilian court orders Google to pay damages to priest wrongly accused of pedophilia

Apr 26, 2010 - 10:09 pm .- An appeals court in the Brazilian city of Minas Gerais has upheld a ruling ordering Google to pay $8,500 in damages to a priest who was anonymously accused of pedophilia on the Orkut social network.

Pope asks Belgian society to allow Church to speak freely

Apr 26, 2010 - 08:44 pm .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict received the Letters of Credence of Charles Ghislain, the new ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See. The Holy Father called on Belgian society to allow the Church and its members to express their beliefs freely, without fear of condemnation.

Homosexuality caused by eating chicken, remarks Bolivian president

Apr 26, 2010 - 06:11 pm .- President of Bolivia Evo Morales, who is considered a champion of gay rights in Latin America, angered gay-friendly organizations last week after stating that eating genetically modified chicken leads to both homosexuality and baldness in men.

Digital world needs to be humanized, Pope tells conference

Apr 26, 2010 - 03:11 pm .- Participants in the "Digital Witnesses: Faces and languages in the multi-media age” congress, hosted by the Italian bishop’s conference, heard the Holy Father speak this morning on the need to ensure digital technologies lead to an encounter with the whole person.

Abortion money could have funded Mexico City's schools, laments archdiocese

Apr 26, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City stated last week that the $24 million the Mexico City government has used to finance abortion since it was legalized in 2007 could have been used to build 300 schools in the country.

Benedict XVI appoints leaders for upcoming Middle East Synod

Apr 26, 2010 - 02:00 pm .- On Saturday, the Holy Father appointed six prelates to leadership positions for the upcoming Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, scheduled to take place October 10 – 24 of this year. 

Limiting religious symbols to private sphere is unconstitutional, says Spanish bishop

Apr 26, 2010 - 12:06 pm .- Referencing an incident in which a Madrid high school banned a student from classes because she would not remove her Islamic veil, spokesman for the Spanish Bishops' Conference, Bishop Juan Antonio Martinez Camino affirmed that it is “unconstitutional to prohibit or limit religious freedom” within the country.

Pope expected to create new dicastery to re-evangelize Europe, US

Apr 26, 2010 - 10:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is about to release a letter announcing the creation of a new Vatican dicastery called the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The new department will be aimed at bringing the Gospel back to Western societies that have lost their Christian identity.

Holy Father highlights charity of new 'blesseds'

Apr 26, 2010 - 10:08 am .- Following yesterday's recitation of the Regina Coeli, Pope Benedict briefly spoke about the lives of two priests, Angelo Paoli and Jose Tous y Soler, who were proclaimed “blessed” on Sunday.  

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