Archive of July 12, 2005

New Vatican document calls prostitution an ‘act of violence’ and a ‘form of slavery’

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a new document released yesterday the Vatican called prostitution a “form of modern day slavery” and an act of violence against women, saying that it gravely violates basic human rights.

Vatican calls for eradication of illegal arms trade

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a group at the United Nations yesterday, the Vatican’s Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer to the U.N. called illicit arms trade a threat to peace, development and security and voiced the Holy See’s desire to bring it and related activities to an end.

Anglican priests may defect to Catholic Church if women bishops approved, warned cleric

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A senior cleric in the Church of England has warned that he and as many as 800 other priests may join the Roman Catholic Church if the General Synod of the Anglican Communion approves women bishops.

US not secular but ‘interfaith’ nation, says bishop Wensky

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Founding Fathers of the United States were right is setting up a limited government, yet these checks and balances were set up “to limit the power of the state over purely religious affairs,” said Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando.

Pro-life expert decries ‘unconstitutionality’ ruling on partial birth abortion; calls for judges, not activists

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .-  In response to a federal appeals court which recently ruled that the U.S.’s ban on partial birth abortion is unconstitutional, one prominent priest is speaking out saying that the court’s decision is utterly “irrational”, and that the Supreme Court needs new judges “who are not activists.”

Catholic family conference opens on weekend

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to strengthen family life and society through the Catholic faith, a number of organizations have collaborated to organize the first Northeast Catholic Family Conference, July 17-18, at Stonehill College, Easton, Mass.

WHO puts abortifacients on essential drug list

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The World Health Organization has added two abortifacient drugs on its list of essential medicines for developing countries, says a report published in the British Medical Journal July 9.

Fatima holds vigil for victims of London's terrorist attacks

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The international shrine of Our Lady, located in Fatima, Portugal, will hold an evening prayer vigil today in remembrance of the victims of last week’s terrorist attacks in London.

Canadian Senate to hear bishops, experts on same-sex marriage bill

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has been given one last chance to argue its case against the legal redefinition of marriage before a Senate hearings committee tomorrow.

Concern in Uruguay over decision by cable ops to cancel EWTN

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Popular Jesuit priest Father Horacio Bojorge denounced the decision by two cable operators in Montevideo to drop EWTN from their lineup and said it was causing great concern among Catholics, who are facing an increasingly hostile secularism.

Cardinal Rivera says Mexico still in need of true religious freedom

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week the country is still in need of true religious freedom, but he explained that this would depend on a constitutional reform, which should be initiated by Parliament.

Paraguayan bishop says homosexual “marriage” is a fruit of an age of decadence

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Claudio Gimenez Medina of Caacupe and President of the Paraguayan Bishops’ Conference told the Fides news agency this week that the recent approval of gay “marriage” in Spain is the “fruit of an age that shows itself increasingly more decadent.”

Argentinean bishop says education key to social integration

Jul 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of Caritas Argentina, Bishop Jorge Casaretto, said last week that improving education is the key to overcoming “the inequality and lack of integration among Argentineans.”

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