Archive of July 6, 2009

Socialist party hiding homosexual agenda of Education for the Citizenry

Jul 6, 2009 - 11:05 pm .- The organization Professionals for Ethics in Spain has denounced the Socialist Party for attempting to delete a paragraph from its website that clearly states that the school course Education for the Citizenry is intended to promote the homosexual agenda.

Irish hold large rally to keep their nation ‘abortion-free’

Jul 6, 2009 - 08:03 pm .- On Saturday thousands of Irish pro-life advocates attended a Rally for Life in Dublin’s city center urging that Ireland be kept "abortion-free."

Pope calls for solidarity in facing economic crisis

Jul 6, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- On July 4, just days before his social encyclical is set to be released, Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter regarding the upcoming G8 meeting to the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi.  In his letter, he called for renewed international efforts to work together in order “to face current challenges” in front of mankind today.

National Institutes of Health issues final embryonic stem cell guidelines

Jul 6, 2009 - 05:04 pm .- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released its final guidelines for human embryonic stem cell research. The rules allow the funding of research which uses stem cells harvested from fertility clinic embryos and also outline informed consent standards for women or couples who donate their embryos.

Holy See's budget shortfall shrinks in 2008

Jul 6, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- The Council responsible for studying the Vatican’s finances announced over the weekend that the Holy See has reported a deficit of about 900,000 euros for 2008, a fraction of the previous year’s deficit.

Family and enculturation in Africa discussed at CDF-sponsored meeting

Jul 6, 2009 - 03:52 pm .- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) wrapped up a meeting in Bunju, Tanzania, on July 3 with the presidents of the doctrinal committees from the various bishops’ conferences of Africa.

EU commissioner warns roots of West cannot be invented

Jul 6, 2009 - 02:48 pm .- The Italian senator and former EU commissioner Rocco Buttiglione said last week that the roots of the West cannot be invented and that Western culture has its roots in Christianity.

Vatican expert questions cardinal’s exaltation of Obama

Jul 6, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- Responding to Cardinal Georges Cottier's recent article praising President Obama, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister has said the cardinal almost exalts Obama as “a new Constantine, the head of a modern empire that is also generous toward the Church."

Pope opens restored Pauline Chapel

Jul 6, 2009 - 11:43 am .- Only days after closing the Pauline Year, Pope Benedict XVI was able to preside at the re-opening of the Pauline Chapel in the Vatican's Apostolic Palace. The Pontiff restored the chapel to its full use by exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.

Modern society has become 'allergic' to sacrifice, warns Vatican official

Jul 6, 2009 - 11:39 am .- The secretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education, Archbishop Jean-Louis Brugues, warned last week that “modern society has become allergic to the concepts of duty and the spirit of sacrifice,” two notions that have always “belonged to the common heritage of all the great religions” and that are necessary as well for all priests.

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