Archive of July 18, 2005

Pope calls vacations a necessary time for rest in body and spirit

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his noontime Angelus prayer yesterday, temporarily being held at his vacation spot in Les Combes, in Italy’s northern alps, Pope Benedict stressed the need for vacations, particularly for city-dwellers, to restore body and spirit.

Pope Benedict joins young people ‘spiritually on the march’ for WYD in Cologne

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI prayed his traditional Sunday angelus while vacationing in the Italian alps yesterday, and excitedly told young people there that, “we will all meet in Cologne.”

Claiming that culture effects values is not “extremism” Catholic analyst says

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With politics in Washington continually heating up over the culture wars pro-life politicians often being made to look like extremists, one Catholic analyst is trying to show that an anti-life culture plays a massive role in the U.S.‘s often skewed moral values.

Adoption agency rejects Catholic parents

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Christian adoption agency said it does not place children with Catholic couples because their religion conflicts with the agency's Statement of Faith.

New Zealand doctors to reconsider euthanasia question

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The New Zealand Medical Association announced Friday that it will reconsider its position on euthanasia at the end of July.

Catholic men's magazine celebrates first year, goes international

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Men's Quarterly is celebrating its first anniversary and has now become available to international subscribers.

CCCB clears up confusion about baptism for children of same-sex couples

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on the impact of same-sex marriage on the Catholic Church in Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet reportedly told the Senate hearing committee last Wednesday that in the case of baptism, “according to our canon law, we cannot accept the signatures of two fathers or two mothers as parents of an infant” in our baptismal registers.

Pope expressed horror, consolation to victims of Turkish blast

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following a deadly bomb attack in the resort city of Kusadasi, Turkey on Saturday, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Vatican Secretary of State, sent a letter of condolence, in the Pope's name, to Archbishop Edmond Farhat, apostolic nuncio to Turkey, imploring God’s mercy on the victims and consolation for their families.

Parkinson’s sufferers in Argentina grateful for example of John Paul II

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Argentinean daily La Nación featured a story last week on the testimony of a group of Parkinson’s sufferers who expressed their gratitude for the example Pope John Paul II gave in bearing the disease with patience.

Navarro-Valls gives inside look at Pope’s vacation

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, during an informal meeting, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls gave journalists an inside look at the day-to-day life of the Pope on his vacation in Italy’s northern alps this week.

Police in Kenya detain two suspects in murder of Italian bishop

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Police in Kenya have detained two suspects who may have been involved in the murder of Bishop Luigi Locati, Apostolic Vicar of Isiolo, according to official sources.

Honduran diocese joins lawsuit against the State over prison deaths

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of San Pedro de Sula has joined with family members of the victims of a May 2004 prison fire in a lawsuit against the State of Honduras and in a complaint filed with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (ICHR).

Bishop reminds Argentineans “man comes from God and is not product of chance”

Jul 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Andres Stanovnik of Reconquista reminded Argentineans as they celebrate the country’s independence day that “the fundamental truth that makes us free is the grateful recognition that we come from God and we are not the product of chance, or of mere biological evolution, or of some cosmic coincidence.”