Archive of June 28, 2010

Only the family is capable of energizing economy, asserts Spanish family federation

Jun 28, 2010 - 10:12 pm .- Responding to a new study from Spain's National Statistics Institute (NSI), the Spanish Federation of Large Families said that the country's decreasing birth rate will soon lead to “an aging populace.” The organization then called on the government to “take family policy seriously” and to prioritize the family, which is “alone capable of energizing the economy” amidst the financial crisis.

Benedict XVI sees more progress on horizon for Catholic-Orthodox dialogue

Jun 28, 2010 - 09:06 pm .- The Holy Father has welcomed a delegation from the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in light of the celebration of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul on Tuesday. He told them in an audience that he is encouraged that further progress between the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches is on the horizon.  

Belgian police search brings out Da Vinci Code comparisons

Jun 28, 2010 - 08:20 pm .- Last week's search by the Belgian police, deemed "Operation Church," was "worthy of the Da Vinci Code," Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard told reporters away from the microphone at a press conference on Saturday. In the latest development, the archdiocesan commission to investigate cases of abuse and provide care for victims was dissolved on June 28.

Pope decries search of Belgian archbishop's offices as 'surprising and deplorable'

Jun 28, 2010 - 07:10 pm .- In a message to Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard after the June 24 raid of the Cathedral of Mechelen and the archbishop's office, Pope Benedict expressed his solidarity with the Belgian bishops for the "surprising and deplorable manner" in which the police search was carried out.

Ethics group denounces Spanish political party for hypocrisy on sex-ed

Jun 28, 2010 - 05:56 pm .- The organization, Professionals for Ethics, denounced the hypocrisy of the Spanish political party, “Partido Popular,” for criticizing the country's new law on abortion while at the same time allowing gender ideology to be taught in schools in the province of Valencia.

Archdiocese of Mexico City: Legalizing gay adoption doesn’t make it moral

Jun 28, 2010 - 02:07 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, said last week that if the country’s Supreme Court upholds the legalization of adoption by homosexual couples, the Church would continue to condemn the act as immoral.

Pope announces Council for Renewed Evangelization for secularized world

Jun 28, 2010 - 01:36 pm .- From the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-walls in Rome where he was celebrating First Vespers on the eve of the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI revealed this evening his plan to create a new pontifical council. The council will be aimed at addressing the "progressive secularization" of historically Christian areas.

Supreme Court allows sex abuse case against Vatican to proceed

Jun 28, 2010 - 12:12 pm .- Today the U.S. Supreme Court declined an immunity appeal by the Holy See in a case that attempts to sue the Vatican for transferring a priest accused of sexually abusing a minors several decades ago. The ruling by the Supreme Court allows the case to move forward.

WYD 2011 organizers debut 'The Soul of Madrid' promotional video

Jun 28, 2010 - 11:58 am .- The organizers of World Youth Day 2011 have released a promotional video titled, “The Soul of Madrid,” which features young people from various countries inviting their peers to attend the event.  The video also showcases the symbolic sites of the Spanish capital where World Youth Day will take place.

Holy See highlights identity, value and significance of Vatican congregation

Jun 28, 2010 - 11:32 am .- The Vatican underscored the value of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, known also as "De Propaganda Fide" on Monday in a communique explaining the dicasteries' origins and principal functions. The explanation comes as the actions of one of its previous prefects have been called into question.

Pope hosts unannounced 'summit' with Cardinals Schönborn and Sodano

Jun 28, 2010 - 10:54 am .- On Monday, following a private audience between Cardinal Archbishop of Vienna Christoph Schönborn and Pope Benedict XVI, a meeting of Vatican heavyweights took place. During the course of this closed session, Cardinal Schönborn and Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, attempted to clarify comments both had made in recent months.

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