Archive of June 14, 2005

Hong Kong bishop says Vatican is “anxious” to establish diplomatic ties with Beijing

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a luncheon Tuesday at the Foreign Correspondents' Club in Hong Kong, Bishop Joseph Zen told reporters that the Vatican's policy on China has not changed under Pope Benedict XVI and that the Vatican desires to make every effort in order to normalize relations with Beijing.

Pope will meet 500 italian railway workers at general audience

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A large delegation of 500 Trenitalia workers will take part on tomorrow’s general audience with Pope Benedict XVI. Led by the chairman of Trenitalia, Gianfranco Legitimo, and director general, Massimo Ghenzer, the group of workers will pay the Holy Father a historic homage during the course of the meeting.

Voucher program breathes new life into Catholic schools

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Washington’s Catholic schools are growing as the result of a new federal voucher program that provides low-income students with grants that they can use toward tuition at private or faith-based schools.

No guarantee to protect religious groups under Canadian same-sex marriage bill

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Justice Minister Irwin Cotler said last week that he cannot guarantee full protection to religious organizations that refuse to marry homosexuals under the Liberal government’s same-sex marriage legislation, reported the Canadian Press.

US scientists identify brain stem cells, strengthens case for adult stem-cell research

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- American scientists say they have found a way to identify brain stem cells and make them multiply to treat degenerative brain diseases like Parkinson's and Huntington's.

Federal funding increased for abstinence programs

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. government has increased funding for the the Community-Based Abstinence Education (CBAE) grant program by $11 million for 2006.

Late Miami archbishop remembered as mentor and gentleman

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds attended the three-hour viewing and funeral mass Sunday for Miami’s late Archbishop Edward McCarthy at St. Mary's Cathedral. Archbishop McCarthy, who died June 8 at the age of 87, served as archbishop of Miami from 1977 to 1994.

Bishops worried Mexico could become next Colombia

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, warned this week that if the control of drug traffickers over certain areas of the country is not contained, Mexico could see the same suffering being endured in Colombia.

Bishop calls on Paraguayans to build up families

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Adalberto Martinez Flores of San Lorenzo, Paraguay, is exhorting Paraguayans to “restore the face of the family” because from the family comes the good and the bad fruit that influences society.

L’Osservatore Romano praises debt relief for 18 poor countries

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano is praising the agreement reached by the G8 countries to provide complete debt relief to 18 countries considered among the poorest of the world.

Cardinal Terrazas calls on Bolivians to work for peace

Jun 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, exhorted Bolivians this week to tear down “the walls of separation” that prevent them from building an authentic peace, but he added that justice, which is one of its requirements, is not achieved by only “repeating nice words.”

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