Archive of June 21, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 21, 2007

French minister names Salesian priest as advisor

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:35 am .- France’s Housing and Urban Development Minister, Christine Boutin, has named Salesian priest Father Jean-Marie Petitclerc as one of her advisors.

China continues to be inflexible in its anti-Catholic demands

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:33 am .- A new spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Relations has reiterated the Communist government’s unacceptable terms for re-establishing diplomatic relations with the Holy See. 

Brazilian super model answers colleague: abortion is never justified

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:28 am .- Brazilian super model Fernanda Tavares criticized the statements of her colleague and personal friend, Gisele Bundchen, who recently came out publicly in support of abortion and criticized the Catholic Church for its position on the right to life.

Vatican reverses annulment decision of Kennedy-Rauch marriage

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:26 am .- In a decision that does not happen often, the Vatican has reversed the annulment of former Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II's first marriage, which had lasted 12 years and produced two sons. The decision was announced on the Time magazine website.

Local investigation into miracle complete, results sent to Rome for scrutiny

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:15 am .- The Archdiocese of Denver has completed its investigation into whether Blessed Junipero Serra, an 18th-century missionary priest, intervened to save Kayla Rebecca Kellog from severe birth defects before she was born.

Priest says Christians in Iraq are dying out

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:06 am .- The procurator of the Chaldean Patriarchate before the Holy See, Father Philip Najim, warned that the terrorist attacks, kidnappings and forced conversions are making the Church in Iraq disappear, as extremists have turned Christians into “sacrificial lambs.”

Colombian Senate rejects bill to make homosexual unions equal to marriage

Jun 21, 2007 - 11:00 am .- Despite having been approved by the House of Representatives, the Colombian Senate definitively rejected a bill that would have granted financial rights to homosexual couples as part of a measure to make homosexual unions equal to marriage.

EU Court rules against life, Polish government to appeal ruling

Jun 21, 2007 - 10:51 am .- The government of Poland will appeal the decision of the European Court of Human Rights, which requires the eastern European country to pay a citizen $36,710 in damages for denying her an abortion. The court ruled the woman’s rights were violated in a six-to-one vote.

Pro-life groups laud Bush for veto of stem-cell bill

Jun 21, 2007 - 10:22 am .- Pro-life groups are pleased President George Bush followed through on his promise yesterday to veto the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007. The bill would have appropriated millions of taxpayer dollars to embryonic stem cell research, which requires the destruction of embryos.

Dialogue continues with Assyrian Church of the East despite violent surroundings

Jun 21, 2007 - 10:07 am .- Today in the Vatican, the Holy Father received His Holiness Mar Dinkha IV, Catholicos Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East in an audience.

Year of St. Paul to be celebrated to mark 2000 anniversary

Jun 21, 2007 - 09:57 am .- The Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff today announced that at 5.30 p.m. on June 28, eve of the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles, Benedict XVI will preside at the celebration of first Vespers in the basilica of St. Paul's Outside-the-Walls.

Pope issues an adamant call for peace in the Middle East

Jun 21, 2007 - 09:33 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict told participants in the annual Meeting of Aid Agencies for the Oriental Churches (ROACO), of his "pain and concern for the delicate situation affecting vast areas of the Middle East." The Holy Father reiterated his concern and call for peace in a separate meeting with the Patriarch of the Assyrian Church of the East. He described the current situation in the Middle East by saying, "Peace, becomes even more fragile because of injustices, old and new. Thus it is extinguished altogether and gives way to violence which often degenerates into more or less open war until it ends up, as in our own time, as an urgent international problem."