Archive of June 8, 2010

'No to abortion, Yes to marriage,' Peruvian cardinal tells congress attendees

Jun 8, 2010 - 09:57 pm .- During the closing Mass of the First Eucharistic and Marian Congress in Lima, Peru on Sunday, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne called on the thousands of participants to defend life and say “yes to life-long marriage between one man and one woman.”

U.S. Catholic-Orthodox consultation studies prospects for church reunion

Jun 8, 2010 - 08:31 pm .- Catholic and Orthodox Christian leaders in the United States have continued work on a new joint statement on the future of Catholic-Orthodox relations, examining what the two Churches share and the prospects for their reunion.

Bishop Padovese canceled Cyprus trip to avoid assassination of Pope

Jun 8, 2010 - 06:48 pm .- An Italian Vatican expert is saying that Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia and President of the Turkish Bishops’ Conference, canceled his trip to Cyprus because he feared that his driver –who later confessed to killing the bishop- might attempt an attack on Pope Benedict XVI during his stay on the island.

Cardinal warns that pagan culture could replace Argentinean traditions

Jun 8, 2010 - 06:03 pm .- The Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, warned this week that pagan culture is invading society in order to devalue and replace the traditions of the Argentinean people, who nevertheless continue to look to Christ to meet their needs.

Mexican cardinal sees 2010 World Cup as chance to discover sports as gift from God

Jun 8, 2010 - 04:05 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, expressed his best wishes this week for the Mexican soccer team and hoped the 2010 World Cup in South Africa would be an opportunity to rediscover sports as a gift from God to practice the values of life.

Lesbian couple become first homosexuals to 'marry' in Portugal

Jun 8, 2010 - 01:50 pm .- Teresa Pires and Helena Paixao have become the first homosexual couple to “marry” in Portugal since the passage of controversial law that allows same-sex “marriage.” 

Vatican announces dates for beatifications of eight Europeans, one Lebanese

Jun 8, 2010 - 11:44 am .- The Holy See has announced the official dates for the upcoming beatifications of nine candidates for sainthood. Three Spaniards, two Italians, a Slovenian, a Romanian, an Austrian and a Lebanese Maronite will be beatified in the next three months. With one exception, each of the ceremonies will take place in the home countries of the future blesseds.

Holy Father appoints new auxiliary bishop for Philadelphia

Jun 8, 2010 - 10:27 am .- The Holy Father appointed Msgr. John McIntyre as auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Tuesday. At the same time, the Pope accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert Maginnis, who has retired at the age of 75.

Weigel discards Time Magazine's spread against Catholic Church as 'nonsense'

Jun 8, 2010 - 06:10 am .- Noted Catholic scholar and commentator George Weigel has reacted to strongly to Time Magazine's recent 10-page spread criticizing the Catholic Church as “nonsense,” and has offered counter points to several accusations the magazine raised.

Almost 600 couples renew marriage vows in D.C., give advice for long unions

Jun 8, 2010 - 03:21 am .- More than 580 couples renewed their marriage vows at a Sunday Mass celebrated by Archbishop of Washington Donald W. Wuerl at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Couples offered a variety of advice for a long-lived marriage.

Catholics denounce slated 'documentary' on Pope by homosexual activist

Jun 8, 2010 - 01:07 am .- A homosexual activist and Vatican protestor in the U.K. is slated to make what he calls a “factual” documentary on the Holy Father, which is set to air just before the upcoming papal trip. One critic of the proposed film called it further evidence of England being “a profoundly anti-Catholic country.”

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