Archive of July 7, 2010

Embassies supporting homosexual protests in Peru

Jul 7, 2010 - 10:05 pm .- Seven foreign embassies in Peru have expressed support for protests organized by homosexual activists groups demanding the legalization of same-sex unions by claiming they are being discriminated against.

Cardinal Bertone says mission of priest is to 'bring Heaven down to Earth'

Jul 7, 2010 - 08:32 pm .- Celebrating the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood at a recent Mass in St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said the mission of the priest is “to bring heaven down to earth, to bring about the communion of all men and women with God.”

Christian Liberation Movement calls for release of all political prisoners in Cuba

Jul 7, 2010 - 06:12 pm .- In a brief statement released on July 6, the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, led by Oswaldo Paya, called for the release of all political prisoners in the country and expressed hope that the talks between the Church and the State would achieve this goal.

After talks with Catholic Church, Cuba to free 52 political prisoners

Jul 7, 2010 - 05:21 pm .- Following unprecedented dialogue between Cuban officials and the country's Catholic leaders, political authorities in Cuba announced today that they will release 52 political prisoners.

Belgian bishops lament 'wild information' being leaked to press

Jul 7, 2010 - 03:22 pm .- Responding to an article from Tuesday's edition of the Belgian newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws, the Belgian Bishops' Conference released a statement on Thursday explaining that the CDs found in their offices during the recent police raid were sent to the archdiocese by a “third party.” The bishops' spokesman added, “We need serenity and this kind of wild information is insane because it gives the impression of a very dramatic atmosphere with plots all around."

New norms for sexual abuse cases expected from Vatican

Jul 7, 2010 - 02:31 pm .- Updates to canon law on the gravest sins in the Church can be expected in the coming days, Vatican sources report. The modifications are expected to give "greater clarity" to the Vatican protocol for suspending and laicizing priests.

Pope heads to Castel Gandolfo to write new encyclical, book

Jul 7, 2010 - 01:40 pm .- The Holy Father retired on Wednesday afternoon to his residence at Castel Gandolfo where he will be spending the greater part of the next few months. He asked for prayers as he retires for a time of rest, work, study and writing.

Holy Father reflects on Bl. Scotus' teaching about God's closeness

Jul 7, 2010 - 10:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued on the theme of medieval theologians at Wednesday's general audience, as he taught about a Franciscan priest and teacher named Blessed John Duns Scotus. The Holy Father remembered his loyalty and devotion to Christ, the Church and the Successor of St. Peter, as well as his contributions to Christian thought.

Catholic involvement ‘critical’ in Virginia abortion funding victory, advocate says

Jul 7, 2010 - 06:13 am .- “Countless hours” of behind-the-scenes advocacy helped add significant restrictions on abortion funding to the Virginia budget, the director of the Virginia Catholic Conference (VCC) has explained. Recounting how years of work finally succeeded, he said the participation of involved Catholics made “the critical difference.”

Cardinal Danneels interviewed by Belgian authorities in sex abuse investigation

Jul 7, 2010 - 03:06 am .- As part of a government probe into allegations of child abuse by priests, Cardinal Godfried Danneels was questioned for several hours by Belgian police on Tuesday. Reportedly in “a state of shock,” he is said to have difficulty believing that many people think he knew about sexual abuse and did nothing.

Archbishop Nichols addresses cost, opportunities of Pope's UK visit

Jul 7, 2010 - 01:18 am .- As details for the upcoming Papal visit to the United Kingdom continue to be announced, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster recently discussed some of the opportunities that will be available for the people of England to follow the Pope on his trip.  

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