Archive of June 25, 2010

Eradication of poverty high priority in Argentina, notes bishop

Jun 25, 2010 - 09:49 pm .- During a press conference Thursday announcing the Mar de Plata Social Week, which will take place June 25-27, Bishop Jorge Casaretto who heads the Argentinean bishops’ social ministry committee, said the objective of the event is “to continue working on the priorities of the 2010-2016 bicentennial to eradicate poverty and promote comprehensive development.”

Christians fleeing Iraq find Church stretched thin in Europe

Jun 25, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- Despite the relative calm that has settled over Mosul, Iraq since the May 2 bombing of buses carrying university students into the capital from towns nearby, fear hangs over the remaining Christian population of the diocese. According to Chorbishop Philip Najim, who is serving as the Apostolic Visitor of the Chaldeans in Europe, the “chaos” is not just limited to the Chaldean Christians still in Mosul.

Bishops must 'recover the full Catholic identity of the baptized,' charges Argentinean prelate

Jun 25, 2010 - 05:45 pm .- During the ordination of Auxiliary Bishop Nicolas Baisi of La Plata in Argentina, Archbishop Hector Aguer underscored that all bishops should lead nonbelievers to Christ and “recover the full Catholic identity of all the baptized.”

Church unity cannot be manufactured, Cardinal Kasper says as retirement nears

Jun 25, 2010 - 04:07 pm .- Cardinal Walter Kasper, at 77 years old, is wrapping up his tenure as the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. On Friday, he reflected on his years in the position and the importance of dialogue to the life of the Church.

Spanish bishops insist crucifixes remain in schools

Jun 25, 2010 - 02:01 pm .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain has approved a statement on the public displaying of religious symbols in Europe, saying crucifixes should remain in schools in order to strengthen the identity and values of students.

Keep hope alive in the Middle East, Pope tells Church aid agencies

Jun 25, 2010 - 01:10 pm .- The Holy Father met with participants in the Reunion of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches, or ROACO, on Friday for the final day of their summer meeting. He urged the agencies to contribute to creating lasting peace in the Middle East through their works and encouraged Christians in the region not to flee.

Family policy leader denounces Spain's decision to cut economic aid

Jun 25, 2010 - 11:52 am .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, has criticized the decision by the Spanish government to cut economic aid for families and warned that President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is becoming “the worst president for families in Spanish history.”

Pope appoints new bishop for Belgian Diocese of Bruges

Jun 25, 2010 - 11:07 am .- Pope Benedict named Bishop Jozef De Kesel as the new bishop of Bruges on Friday. He will replace Bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe who stepped down upon admitting to having sexually abused a minor.

Vatican upset about violation of tombs in Belgian police search

Jun 25, 2010 - 10:25 am .- Authorities in search of information associated with cases of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Mechelen-Brussels entered the archbishop's offices unannounced on Thursday morning. Elements of the search, which included examinations of tombs in the crypts of the cathedral, were decried by the Vatican on Friday.

Angelenos to celebrate Mass in thanksgiving for Archbishop Gomez

Jun 25, 2010 - 06:19 am .- An outdoor Mass in northwestern Los Angeles will be celebrated this Sunday in thanksgiving for the appointment of Archbishop Jose H. Gomez as coadjutor of Los Angeles.

Catholic Health Association applauds 'strong leadership' by Obama on health care

Jun 25, 2010 - 03:36 am .- Despite criticism from the U.S. Catholic bishops, the Catholic Health Association (CHA) has issued a statement saying it continues to support the insurance reform provisions in recent health care legislation and continues to “applaud” President Obama for his “strong leadership.”

'Progress' in Holy See-Israel negotiations not just an empty word, says Fr. Jaeger

Jun 25, 2010 - 12:30 am .- Speaking to CNA about the continuing negotiations between the Holy See and the State of Israel which have been attempting to decide the official status of the Church in the Middle Eastern State since 1993, Franciscan Fr. David-Maria Jaeger said that progress is "definitely" being made. While the going might be slow, he said, both sides are working hard to reach conclusions.

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