Archive of June 2, 2010

People's Party appeals new law on abortion to Spanish Supreme Court

Jun 2, 2010 - 09:52 pm .- Spain’s People's Party has challenged the constitutionality of the Socialist government’s new law on abortion slated to take effect on July 5. 

Pope to visit Cyprus on Friday

Jun 2, 2010 - 08:55 pm .- Pope Benedict's 16th international journey will take him to Cyprus on Friday. It is hoped that his visit will bring a “wind of peace” to the nation.

Cuba government begins relocating political prisoners closer to families

Jun 2, 2010 - 07:01 pm .- Fulfilling a promise made in recent talks with the Catholic Church in Cuba, the Cuban government on Tuesday began moving political prisoners to jails closer to their homes.

Legionaries reject congresswoman's charges that they covered up abuse

Jun 2, 2010 - 06:07 pm .- The Legion of Christ in Mexico rejected a lawsuit brought before the country’s attorney general by a local congresswoman charging that the Archbishop of Mexico City and other noted officials were responsible for covering up the sexual abuse committed by Legion founder Fr. Marcial Maciel.

Pope Benedict to declare St. Jean Vianney Patron of all Priests

Jun 2, 2010 - 05:12 pm .- The Congregation for Clergy has revealed significant details about the upcoming International Meeting of Priests that will be held in Rome next week. A Wednesday statement from the Vatican dicastery announced that the 9,000 priests are scheduled to attend and that the Pope will proclaim St. Jean Vianney the Patron of all Priests at the closing Mass.

New Orleans Catholic media convention receives papal encouragement

Jun 2, 2010 - 04:10 pm .- On Wednesday, Pope Benedict greeted participants of the Catholic Media Convention, which is meeting in New Orleans. Speaking in English to pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the general audience, he told convention goers that to “touch hearts,” communications media must present witnesses of Christ’s grace to the people.

Priest in Gaza fears flotilla conflict will lead to more violence

Jun 2, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- An Argentinean priest in Gaza, Father Jorge Hernandez, remarked this week that he fears the recent flotilla raid that left nine dead and several injured will provoke a wave of violence in the Palestinian territory.

Pro-abortion Speaker Pelosi says public policy should line up with Christian teachings

Jun 2, 2010 - 02:19 pm .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, addressing a May 6 Catholic conference on Capitol Hill, said she believes Catholics must pursue public policy in keeping with the values of “the Word made flesh” and must be prepared to answer to Jesus Christ for how their actions “measured up.”

Pope, with 'heavy heart,' calls on politicians to seek solutions in Gaza

Jun 2, 2010 - 11:31 am .- In reference to the recent violence near Gaza, Pope Benedict XVI urged local and international politicians to reach peaceful solutions in the region. Emphasizing the senselessness of violence, he asked for a commitment to achieving “harmony and serenity” in the area through dialogue.

Pope lauds Aquinas' ability to reach people with his teaching

Jun 2, 2010 - 10:58 am .- The Holy Father gave the first of what will be a series of catecheses on St. Thomas Aquinas during Wednesday’s general audience. He remembered the saint's life and commented on the "great grace" of theologians who can reach the people.

Iowa bishop asks faithful not to participate in attempted ordination of woman

Jun 2, 2010 - 06:03 am .- Repeating Catholic teaching on the invalidity of attempts to ordain women, the Bishop of Davenport, Iowa has said a local woman’s intention to undergo ordination by a breakaway Catholic group damages the unity of the Church and has asked people not to participate in the ceremony.

Irish doctor defends 'fundamental right' to conscience protection

Jun 2, 2010 - 03:02 am .- In a recent article for the Irish Medical Times, a doctor argued that although he may “vehemently disagree” with many of his Catholic colleagues on issues such as contraception, “they may be assured that I will passionately defend their fundamental right to practice medicine according to their conscience.”

Australian archbishop examines contributing factors to clerical sexual abuse

Jun 2, 2010 - 12:44 am .- Outlining the Catholic cultural problems which he believes contributed to the failure to correct sexual abuse by clergy, Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn Mark Coleridge has written a Pentecost Letter about sexual abuse to the people of his archdiocese. He called for sensitivity to victims and a purification of the Church.

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