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Amnesty International targets Vatican as war of words break out at UN
Sparks are beginning to fly at the UN as Amnesty International is now igniting friction by accusing the Holy See. A debate on the role of the Vatican in
international politics started from the very beginning of the special
session of the U.N. General Assembly, "Beijing+5." Amnesty International
has accused the Vatican of "a hybrid alliance" with Iran, Algeria,
Nicaragua, Syria, Libya, Morocco, and Pakistan, to create obstacles in
the preparation of this summit. of undermining the Beijing 5 Conference results. continued inside.
Vatican approves final guidelines for Ex Corde Ecclesiae as U.S. Bishops concur
The National Council of Catholic
Bishops announced today that the Vatican has approved their proposed
implementation plan for new guidelines for Catholic colleges and
universities ( http://www.nccbuscc.org/bishops/excorde.htm ).
With only minor changes, the guidelines will go into effect on May 3,
2001, one year after the official Vatican approval date. The guidelines
implement Pope John Paul II's 1990 apostolic constitution, "Ex Corde
Ecclesiae." continued inside.
Italian nun lured into a trap and murdered while trying to be a good Samaritan
Italian nun Sister Mary Laura Manetti, 61, Superior of the
Sisters of the Cross of St. Andrew in Chiavenna, met her death when
responding to a cry for help from a pregnant girl. She gave her life in
fidelity to the charism of the religious family to which she belonged,
which is dedicated to the poor. A girl called, begging Sister desperately to come and see
her, and said she had just been raped. She was alone in a park at 10
p.m., and insisted the nun come by herself. Sister Mary Laura was
brutally murdered on the way, her body disfigured by stab wounds. Authorities are looking into the girl's role in the dastardly deed.
After Seven Year impasse, Dialogue between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox will resume next month in Maryland
The Seven-Year Itch? No, it's a resumption of dialogue between East and West with the announcement that a joint commission of Catholic and
Orthodox theologians will meet in Baltimore in July, to resume a
process of dialogue that has been interrupted since 1993. The
meeting comes at a particularly interesting time, amid heavy
speculation about the possibility that the Russian Orthodox Church
will invite Pope John Paul II to visit Moscow. continued inside.
Bomb blasts rock churches in India as terrorism increases
Three churches were damaged
or destroyed in the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh
and Karnataka today, police said.
Two bombs exploded outside a Catholic church in the town of
Wadi in Karnataka. "The first of the two low intensity
explosions occurred outside St. Anne's church around 6:15
am and the other a few hours later," a senior official at
the state's police headquarters said. No one was reported
injured. continued inside.
Ford definitely does not have a better idea even though they're muscling up "Ford-tough" by dumping money into non-approved "Catholic-in-name-only" pro-abortion groups
The Ford Foundation, a major US
philanthropy group, has become a major source of funding
for pro-abortion groups, including several pro-abortion
"Catholic" organizations, according to a report on
Crosswalk.com, an online Christian web site.
Many afraid demonstrations in Rome are only the "tip of the iceberg" for gays to flaunt sinful lifesytle as more officials resent events to be staged in early July
Opponents of the World Gay Pride event
scheduled for Rome in July said the festival was just the
"tip of the iceberg" in the attempt by homosexual activists
to impose their alternative lifestyles as a natural part of
Italian society.continued inside.
Attack on Kisangani Cathedral in Congo shelled as Papal Nuncio strongly objects target
nuncio in Democratic Congo criticized the artillery attack
by warring armies on a cathedral in the city of Kisangani
as a continuation of a systematic attack on Christians.
"The situation is dramatic and unjustified. Besides this
last attack on Kisangani Cathedral, shelled yesterday, for
some time now Rwandans and Ugandans have targeted church
institutions, members of the hierarchy, priests, and
seminarians. This is an explosion of unjustified folly,"
said Archbishop Francisco Javier Lozano. continued inside.
Huge exposition of mission activity to go on display in Rome on Saturday near site of Saint Paul's martyrdom
A huge exposition emphasizing the
missionary activity of the Catholic Church will open in Rome on
June 10 at Tre Fontane Abbey on the outskirts of Rome at the site where it is
believed Saint Paul was martyred.
In a press briefing on June 8, Cardinal Roger Etchegaray and Jozef
Tomko-- the prefects, respectively, of the Jubilee Committee and
the Congregation for Evangelization-- introduced reporters to the
multimedia displays that will be featured at the exposition.
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