Archive of July 8, 2005

USCCB President expresses “support and concern” over London bombings

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following yesterday’s rush hour bombing of London’s mass transit system resulting in an estimated 50 dead and 700 injured, Bishop William Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter offering support and concern to his British counterpart.

Catholic Cultural leaders gather to discuss new challenges in the light of globalization

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, members of Catholic cultural centers descended on Sarajevo to begin discussions on the theme, “The Challenge of a new Cultural Dialogue in the context of Globalization.“

Vatican to present consolidated budget for 2004

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced this morning that members of the Holy See’s Prefuncture for Economic Affairs will present last year’s consolidated budget during a press conference on Monday.

Cardinal Schonborn clarifies Church’s stance on evolution: intelligent design is clear in nature

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a New York Times piece published yesterday, Archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Christof Schonborn called “neo-Darwinian”, evolution, or the idea that there is no intelligent design behind creation, incompatible with the Catholic Church and in conflict with nature itself.

Massachusetts legislation could allow Morning After Pill over the counter

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday, the Massachusetts State House passed legislation which could allow for the morning after pill, or Plan B, to be sold over the counter in pharmacies around the state.

Vatican observer describes growing tension between UN and Vatican over birth control

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly column for the Italian online magazine L’Espresso, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister explains how the so-called “reproductive rights” have become a source of growing tension between the Vatican and the United Nations, in addition to the European Union.

Catholic schools in the Bible-belt growing, despite national trend

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A recent report showed signs that despite national trends to the contrary and an overwhelming protestant population, attendance at Catholic schools in places like Tennessee are on the rise.

Peruvian childhood congress to center on Mary, Eucharist, Mission

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The national office of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Peru announced recently that preparations are being made for their 2nd annual Holy Childhood Congress, the theme of which will center around Immaculate Mary leading to the Eucharist and the Eucharist, in turn, leading to Mission.

Mexican bishops express support for Catholic homosexual outreach group

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Mexico has expressed its support for Courage Latino, a Hispanic version of the successful Catholic ministry for homosexuals founded by Father John Harvey.  The Courage office in Mexico will be under the guidance of Father Buenaventura Wainwright.

Canonization cause for 21 Spanish martyrs moves forward

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday the first phase in the canonization cause of 21 new martyrs of the Spanish Civil War of 1936 will be finalized.

Benedict XVI’s charism with youth will show forth at WYD, says bishop

Jul 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Saiz Meneses of Terassa, Spain, told reporters this week World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne will be an opportunity to witness the charism of Pope Benedict XVI with young people, and he recalled other occasions in which the Pontiff “has shown his closeness” with the young.

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