Archive of June 30, 2010

Bishop’s death in Turkey a call to Christian unity

Jun 30, 2010 - 10:07 pm .- Speaking about the June 3 murder of Bishop Luigi Padovese, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Turkey, a missionary priest working in the country said the bishop’s death “is a call to unity in the Church and among Christians.”

Holy Father gives Spokane diocese new bishop

Jun 30, 2010 - 06:27 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI made headlines in Washington state today by appointing Bishop Blase Cupich to the Diocese of Spokane and accepting the resignation of Bishop William Skylstad who has reached the age of retirement.

Pope, Belgian archbishop discuss police raid

Jun 30, 2010 - 05:21 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI received in a private audience this Wednesday Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard of Mechelen-Brussels, who is also the president of the Belgian Episcopal Conference. In their conversation, the two discussed the recent Belgian police raid in the archdiocese.

Vatican's permanent UN observer made Apostolic Nuncio to Poland

Jun 30, 2010 - 02:15 pm .- There was really only one surprise in the whirlwind of appointments and resignations at the Vatican on Wednesday. Few people, if anyone, expected the Holy Father's appointment of Archbishop Celestino Migliore, until now the Holy See's permanent observer to the U.N., as the Apostolic Nuncio to Poland.

Pope appoints priest-doctor as president of Pontifical Academy for Life

Jun 30, 2010 - 02:03 pm .- The Holy See announced the nomination of priest, medical doctor and philosopher Msgr. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula to the presidency of the Pontifical Academy for Life on Wednesday. He will take over at the helm of the academy following the resignation of Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella.

Vatican spokesman confirms Swiss bishop will fill Christian Unity post

Jun 30, 2010 - 12:48 pm .- Speaking with journalists at the Holy See's Press Office on Wednesday, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi, said that more nominations can be expected to follow Wednesday's bombardment of resignations and appointments to different positions within the Church's Roman Curia.

Pope appoints Archbishop Fisichella to lead Council for New Evangelization

Jun 30, 2010 - 11:19 am .- Among a flurry of announcements from the Holy See on Wednesday, the Holy Father officially nominated the current head of the Pontifical Academy for Life to lead the recently announced Pontifical Council for New Evangelization. Archbishop Salvatore Fisichella will lead the Church in the formidable challenge of re-evangelizing the "secularized" countries of the world.

Cardinal Ouellet appointed as head of Congregation for Bishops

Jun 30, 2010 - 09:56 am .- On Wednesday, the Vatican announced the nomination of Cardinal Marc Ouellet to take the place of the retiring Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re in his two major positions in the Roman Curia. With the appointment, Cardinal Ouellet, no stranger to Rome, will enter into the Vatican ranks as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops and the president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America.

Spiritual directors help find God's will for us, Pope Benedict teaches

Jun 30, 2010 - 10:28 am .- Pope Benedict XVI highlighted today a saint from Turin as a model for priests in light of the recently concluded Year for Priests. The Holy Father said during his catechesis at Wednesday's general audience that St. Joseph Cafasso offers a reminder of the importance of having a "spiritual guide" in life.

Police raid on Belgian archdiocese triggered by former abuse commissioner

Jun 30, 2010 - 05:58 am .- Following unannounced police raids in the Archdiocese of Belgium last week, a former head of an internal Church commission on sexual abuse cases has revealed that she contacted local police after an anonymous caller advised her to “watch out” and to secure all the documents she held during her time in office.

Shrine of Ugandan martyrs visited by 500,000 for feast day

Jun 30, 2010 - 02:54 am .- Earlier this month over 500,000 people gathered in northeastern Uganda to celebrate the feast day of Saint Charles Lwanga and companions, who are known as the Uganda Martyrs.

US bishops launch initiative to teach about unique place of marriage

Jun 30, 2010 - 12:56 am .- Seeking to help catechize and educate Catholics on the meaning of marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Ad Hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage has launched an initiative titled “Marriage: Unique for a Reason.”

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