Archive of July 5, 2010

Express Divorce only increasing marital breakdown, pro-family group laments

Jul 5, 2010 - 10:17 pm .- Spain’s Institute of Family Policy (IPF) critiqued the “Express Divorce,” or rapid divorce law, which was implemented in 2005, because the policy has created an increase of 4.8 percent in marital ruptures in the first three months of 2010 as compared to the same period in 2009.

Canadian cardinal 'surprised' by appointment to Vatican position

Jul 5, 2010 - 07:45 pm .- At a recent press conference, Cardinal Marc Ouellet commented on his recent appointment as Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, remarking that he was “surprised” to be working in this new capacity and is both grateful and daunted by the task.

Pope asks prisoners to find ways to contribute to society with their gifts

Jul 5, 2010 - 06:09 pm .- Meeting with a delegation of inmates on Sunday during his pastoral visit to Sulmona, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI sent his prayers to all the prisoners. He hoped that, despite their difficult situation, they might find a way to contribute to society.

Bishops of Spain say new abortion law makes things worse

Jul 5, 2010 - 04:39 pm .- The new law on abortion that entered into force today is “objectively incompatible with the upright moral conscience –in particular, the Catholic conscience” Spain’s Conference of Catholic Bishops said on Monday. They added that from an ethical perspective, the new law is worse than the previous statute.

Cloud of suspicion vanished with papal audience, says Schönborn's spokesman

Jul 5, 2010 - 03:52 pm .- An editorial was published in Italy's Repubblica newspaper last week in which the Pope was accused of humiliating Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the "only" cardinal with the "courage and honesty to point a finger against the 'top of the nomenclature'." But Cardinal Schönborn's spokesman refuted this claim, saying that the recent meeting served to clear the air after a misunderstanding.

Pope inaugurates St. Joseph fountain, 100th in Vatican Gardens

Jul 5, 2010 - 01:25 pm .- The Holy Father presided over a ceremony to inaugurate the 100th fountain in the Vatican Gardens behind St. Peter's Basilica on Monday morning. The artistic construction leads us to contemplate the values of the Father of Christ, the Pope noted.

Papal visit to UK parliament confirmed by Holy See

Jul 5, 2010 - 01:02 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II and the episcopal conferences of the United Kingdom to visit in September, according to the spokesman of the Holy See. While the Pope's stop in the house of parliament has been confirmed, the most anticipated moment of the apostolic visit will take place on its final day.

Pope to youth: Let yourselves be conquered by Christ

Jul 5, 2010 - 10:20 am .- Meeting with youth on Sunday afternoon while on a pastoral visit to Sulmona, Italy for the 800th anniversary of the birth of Saint Pope Celestine V, the Pope answered important questions regarding vocations. It is in your personal relationship with the Lord brought about through prayer that you can know your path on earth, he told the young people.

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