Archive of June 29, 2011

Pope greets Orthodox delegation, speaks of St. Peter's unifying role

Jun 29, 2011 - 04:54 pm .- In his pre-Angelus remarks on the June 29 Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict XVI gave his special greetings to an Eastern Orthodox delegation visiting Rome, and spoke about the importance of St. Peter's primacy among the Apostles.

Pope Benedict launches new Vatican News website

Jun 29, 2011 - 03:02 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has launched a new Vatican News website with his first Tweet. The site officially went live on June 29.

Spanish bishops celebrate shared ordination anniversary with Pope

Jun 29, 2011 - 01:52 pm .- Two Spanish bishops are celebrating their priestly ordination anniversaries on June 29, the same day that Pope Benedict XVI marks 60 years as a priest.

On his 60th anniversary, Pope reflects on his vocation

Jun 29, 2011 - 10:59 am .- “Thanks to the Lord for the friendship that he has bestowed upon me,” Pope Benedict said to a packed St. Peter’s Basilica as he celebrated his 60th anniversary of becoming a priest, a day that is also the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul.

New efforts challenge Kyrgyzstan's bride kidnapping epidemic

Jun 29, 2011 - 06:13 am .- A top human rights advocate hopes that new efforts will end Kyrgyzstan's widespread and violent practice of  “ala-kachuu” or bride kidnapping.

Catholic seminary Washington Theological Union to close in 2013

Jun 29, 2011 - 03:31 am .- The Catholic graduate school and seminary Washington Theological Union announced on June 27 that its closing at the end of the 2012 - 2013 academic year.

Changes to Pakistan’s religious minorities ministry could aid persecutors

Jun 29, 2011 - 01:20 am .- The Pakistan government’s plan to abolish its national Ministry for Religious Minorities risks giving a “green light” to persecution and could eliminate the legacy of slain Catholic minorities minister Shahbaz Bhatti, Church sources in the country say.

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