Archive of June 13, 2005

Pope asks parents to help their children discover importance of Sunday Mass

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the recitation of the Angelus in St. Peter´s Square, Pope Benedict underscored the importance of Sunday as the Day of the Lord and asked every Catholic family to accept the invitation of Christ to attend Sunday Mass with their children, thus helping them to discover the value and importance of the Eucharist for their lives.

Arizona bishops back proposed amendment to ban same-sex marriage

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Arizona's three Catholic bishops support the principles of a state ballot initiative that would ban same-sex marriage and may issue a pastoral statement on marriage “when the appropriate time presents itself,” reported the Arizona Daily Star.

Archdiocese of San Francisco agrees to $21-million settlement with abuse victims

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of San Francisco has agreed to a $21-million settlement with 15 people who said they were sexually abused by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.

New priest’s vocation grew in midst of abuse scandal

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The newest priest for the Diocese of  Memphis studied at the seminary as the sex abuse scandals in the Church in the United States erupted.

Cable company refuses to run abstinence ad on kids and family channels

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- New York-based cable giant Comcast has refused to run a public service announcement on abstinence on several of its channels, claiming that the ad is not appropriate for young viewers.

Korean leader in stem-cell research to meet with Catholic cleric

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- South Korea’s leading stem-cell researcher, Hwang Woo-suk, has agreed to meet with the country’s top Catholic leader, after the Church in Korea publicly condemned his research, calling it “life-taking.”

Firm support of Spanish bishops for June 18 protests

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Bishops Conference has published a statement expressing support and encouragement for the upcoming June 18 protests against a law that would make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage. Organizers are expecting some 500,000 people to show up and express their support for marriage and the traditional family.  

Catholic Charities in Bolivia activates emergency measures to address lack of food

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The director of Catholic Charities in Bolivia, Roberto Barja, has announced the activation of emergency plans in order to send food and medicine to people who are suffering from shortages due to the blockades of highways by protests that have crippled the country’s infrastructure.

Church in Chile bracing for influx of Bolivian immigrants

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Hector Vargas Bastidas of Arica, Chile, said this weekend that if the situation in Bolivia worsens, “the Catholic Church in Chile is ready to take in an eventual normal migration of Bolivian citizens.” 

Catholic TV network producing promotional spots for WYD 2005

Jun 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Radio and Television Network in Germany (CRTN), located in Konigstein and affiliated with Aid to the Church in Need, has produced a promotional spot for World Youth Day 2005, which will take place August 16-21 in Cologne.

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