Archive of June 17, 2005

USCCB approves budget for new study on causes of sexual abuse

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops decided Friday to approve a $1-million budget for new research on the "Causes and Context Study" of the sex-abuse scandal.

Bishops to issue document on death penalty

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have voted to draft a document stating Catholic doctrine regarding the death penalty.

Pregnant woman kept on life support to save baby

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic man has committed to keeping his 26-year-old pregnant wife alive on life support in hopes that their baby will survive.

Debate over gay-friendly books in public libraries rages in southern US

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Public libraries in southern U.S. states have begun stocking gay-friendly books, and this has launched intense debate in local communities.

Vatican to tackle growing problem of trafficking, sex trade

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican will host its first international meeting to discuss the growing worldwide problem of the sex trade, namely human trafficking, sex tourism and prostitution.

International bishops show support, solidarity for pro-family march in Spain

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishops’ conferences around the world have voiced their support for the national pro-family demonstration scheduled to take place June 18 in Madrid and for the efforts of the Spanish bishops to protect marriage and the family.

Kiev patriarch says Orthodox Church and Vatican should work together

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches much in common and should cooperate more in teaching about the importance of the family and moral values, said Patriarch Filaret, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church's Kiev Patriarchate.

Terminally ill patient thankful for cell phone call from Pope

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A nun identified as Sister Maria Cristina became the first person to have a cell phone conversation with a Pope.  During Wednesday’s General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI granted a spontaneous request by a wheelchair-bound pilgrim to speak via cell phone with the nun who is suffering from cancer.

Cardinal Poupard calls for a faith-based response to culture issues of the day

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, exhorted participants of the II Meeting of Directors of Catholic Cultural Centers this week to come up with rational proposals under the light of the faith that respond to the questions which the world of culture presents to the men and women of today.

Mexican bishops condemn drug-related violence affecting the country

Jun 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico is denouncing the wave of drug trafficking violence that has spread across the northeastern region of the country in recent weeks.

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