Archive of June 15, 2005

Benedict XVI: God does not disappoint His people’s hope

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During today's general audience, held this morning in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that God does not remain indifferent to the cry of His people, neither does He disappoint their hope.

Italian referendum results may signal need to revise abortion law, says minister

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Church officials and leaders in Italy have welcomed the results of a failed referendum that could have lifted the country’s restrictions on in vitro fertilization and embryonic research. The referendum June 12-13 was invalidated due to low voter turnout (25.9 percent). A turnout of more than 50 percent was required to make the vote valid.

Autopsy report on Terri Schiavo to be released today

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The medical examiner's office plans to release its autopsy report on Terri Schiavo today. Her parents and siblings hope the report will shed light on the cause of the collapse that left her severely brain-damaged 15 years ago, reported the Associated Press.

New Jersey court rules in support of heterosexual marriage

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled  yesterday that the state Constitution does not include same-sex couples in its definition of marriage.

Court rules that Holocaust survivors' lawsuit against the Vatican can proceed

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A ruling this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier decision that Holocaust survivors can continue their claims against the Vatican for the restitution of funds plundered from former Yugoslavia during the Second World War.

New prefect for Church doctrine has credentials, says Catholic analyst

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop William Levada will be challenged to “take more unpopular stands than he did as a U.S. bishop,” says Catholic analyst Deal Hudson.

Cardinal Poupard says Catholic universities must seek the truth, not just produce graduates

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .-  During a visit to Argentina, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said the mission of Catholic universities is not to merely produce graduates, but rather to help students seek out the truth.

Spanish bishops express concern about treatment of immigrants

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on Migrations of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference has released a document expressing concern for immigrants in the country and for “the sad events, although isolated, of recent confrontations between immigrants and natives and between immigrants themselves.”

Argentinean cleric questions whether Argentina has Christian culture

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Resistencia, Argentina, Msgr. Carmelo Giaquinta, said this week, “It is difficult to say we are a culturally Christian people” because despite the massive expressions of devotion, the country is submerged in “unsolvable problems” due to neglect of the faith in daily life.

Bishop concerned about increased religious indifference in Mexico

Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico said this week that while the number of Catholics leaving the faith is worrisome, much more so is the number of Mexicans who say they are “indifferent” about God.

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