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Church greatly encouraged by election of pro-life, Church-friendly Vicente Fox as Mexico's new president
With the election of Vicente Fox and other PAN candidates and the
removal of PRI from power, many observers expect the
restrictions on the Church to loosen further, especially
since PAN had been connected to Catholic lay groups from
its beginnings. Earlier this year, the Mexican bishops'
conference issued a pastoral letter on the presidential
elections, calling on Catholics to support life, which was also
interpreted as indicating a preference for Fox, who is
pro-life. continued inside.
In the spirit of Lepanto, Catholics in Rome dig in to offset the blatant gay demonstrations in the face of the Vatican and the Jubilee Year
The last time Rome was threatened by barbarians, the people took up the Rosary and prayed and at the Battle of Lepanto the Turks were turned away. Now, 429 years later the barbarians are at the gate once more, this time they are not the Saracens but the gays who are blatantly trying to force down everyone's throats a sinful lifestyle by attacking the one bastion of decency and right that still exists - the Holy See. Catholics are not taking it sitting down but are massing in prayerful demonstrations, standing behind Church teaching and the support of bishops and major leaders throughout Italy who have condemned the gay's World Pride ceremonies in Rome as a direct affront on the Jubilee and the Church. continued inside.
Committee for Jubilee of Prisons appeals to all Christians and those involved with the penal system to celebrate and consider steps taken by the Holy See
The organizers of the Jubilee
of the Prison World, which will be held on July 9, have appealed
to all parishes to join this celebration during Mass, as it not
only for prisoners but the concern of all Christians.
Bishop Giorgio Caniato, coordinator of the Committee for the
Jubilee of Prisons, has distributed a statement explaining that
John Paul II wants this Jubilee to be lived by all, not just
prisoners, especially those Christians who live and work in
prisons and the penal realm: officers, judges, lawyers,
volunteers, chaplains, and administrative personnel.
Anti-Catholic factions stirring up trouble in Northern Ireland as result of canceled parade this Sunday
Violence that broke out Tuesday and Wednesday in Northern Ireland was perpetuated by radical loyalist Protestants who were riled up by admitted killer "Mad Dog" Adair over the cancellation of the Orange Parade through Catholic neighborhoods this Sunday. Adair was just recently released from prison, and his rhetoric is fomenting more hatred and violence ahead for the Catholic neighborhoods of Belfast. continued inside.
Down in Laredo a new diocese is formed with Houston Auxiliary Bishop James Tamayo tabbed as charter shepherd
The Heart of Texas just got a new artery - the Diocese of Laredo on the border. The Holy Father made the announcement on Monday and appointed long-time auxiliary bishop of the Houston-Galveston See - 51-year old Bishop James Tamayo, who was ordained in the Corpus Christi Diocese in 1976. The new see will incorporate part of the sprawling archdiocese of San Antonio and Corpus Christi. continued inside.
Catholics of the Syro Malabar rite in India are in a quandry: Will the priests say Mass with their backs to the people or facing them? Church founded by St. Thomas the Apostle wrestling with liturgical issues
The difference of opinion on
liturgical unity in the 3.3 million member Syro Malabar
Church (SMC) based in southern Kerala state came to the
fore on Monday, the feast day of St. Thomas the Apostle who
founded the Church in India.
While the Synod of the autonomous church had resolved last
November to go back to the earlier practice of saying the
Holy Mass facing the altar -- instead of the people -- on
St. Thomas Day -- a day of obligation in the oriental
church, several dioceses of the SMC decided not to switch
over to the "old practice" at the last minute.
Pope, in good spirits, meets with new Croatian president at Vatican
On Tuesday Pope John Paul II, looking energetic and upbeat, received Croatian President Stipe Mesic who was elected to succeed the late Franjo Tudman.
The Holy Father greeted the President in Croatian. Their private
meeting lasted some 15 minutes, at the end of which, the
President introduced his entourage; photographs were taken and
gifts exchanged. Mesic gave the Pope an enamel sculpture of Jesus
and a book on Croatia's first king. John Paul II gave the
President his pontificate's medals. continued inside.
The Doctors are in as in "in Rome" for Special Jubilee festivities
The celebrations for the Jubilee of
Doctors began Tuesday in Rome with the
International Congress on "Medicine and Human Rights."
More than 5,000 people from 42 countries are participating in
this special Jubilee. In addition to the Congress' sessions, the
program includes a spiritual journey that includes the Roman
Basilicas, as well as several cultural and leisure events.
They will culminate this Jubilee
with the Pope on July 7 and present a "Charter of Human Rights for
Medicine," written by a group of scientists, theologians, and
moralists. continued inside.
Cardinal Tettamanzi asserts that individualism is not a human right, but part of the face of "psuedo-rights" permeating society today
Speaking in Rome to over 5,000 physicians from 40 countries, Genoa's Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi warned doctors that individualism and materialism are "pseudo-rights," which
do not have the same authentic standing as the innate dignity of the human
person. In his July 4 address, Cardinal Tettamanzi said that the Gospel sets forth an
accurate understanding of human rights, guided by the overall principle that
every human being-- including the sick, the elderly, the handicapped, and
sinners of all description-- is a child of God. That perspective, he pointed out,
is completely incompatible with the ideologies of "individualism,
utilitarianism, and hedonism" which are so powerful today. not to accept individualism, continued inside.
East Timor's Bishop Belo cautions doctors not to accept rampant rhetoric of human rights by those who are not completely committed to the cause
Speaking from experience and with total conviction, East Timor's Bishop Carlos Ximenes Belo passionately implored the physicians in attendance at Wednesday's sessions to take great care in accepting the rhetoric of human rights by those who consider it politically correct or the fashionable thing to do today while in their heart they have no desire or conviction to right the wrongs of human dignity. He knows for he saw it up close during the terrible persecutions in his native East Timor which was ravaged by militant Muslims. continued inside.
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