Page 4, 8th July 2005

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Benedict Leaves Harsh Words To Bishops

W henever a delegation from Spain arrives at the Vatican these days, antagonism and fierce interchanges between the Spanish government and the Church seem sure to follow.......

Observatory Of Rome Focuses On The Heavens

Students from around the world are flocking to study astronomy at the Vatican, reports David V Barrett I T MAY seem strange that an ancient religious institution, steeped in......

Electronic Rosary Gets Catholics Buzzing

BY ANNA ARCO T HE DAYS of awkward fumbling with rosary beads are over. Now, thanks to the efforts of two Catalan inventors Jaume Clavé and Joan Figueras, technophile Catholics......

Turn The World Upside Down

H ow do you feel when you see all the changes in our Church – not enough priests to go around, numbers in church declining, yet more changes to the old ways? Are you encouraged......

Church Moving Closer To Orthodox

BY DAVID V BARRETT P OPE B ENEDICT XVI and the Orthodox Church made significant moves towards reconciliation on the feast of Ss Peter and Paul last week. The Pope conferred the......

New Bishop Offers Hope For Healing In China

BY DAVID V BARRETT A NEW Bishop in Shanghai may help heal the longstanding rift between the Chinese state and the Vatican. Joseph Xing Wenzhi, 42, who spent two years studying......

Canada Legalises Same-sex Unions

BY DAVID V BARRETT C ANADA AND Spain last week joined the Netherlands and Belgium in voting to allow gay marriages. The 187 to 147 vote in the Spanish House of Representatives......

Homeless Attend Non-wedding

I NSTEAD OF cancelling the reception a 22-year-old American woman who broke up with her fiancé just 12 days before their wedding invited the residents and staff of a local......

‘ordination’ Condemned

F RENCH bishops have condemned the “ordination” of a Catholic woman by a movement campaigning for the Catholic Church to accept women priests. Genevieve Beney, aged 56 and......

Sea Sunday Celebration

T HE V ATICAN has reserved July 10 for the celebration of Sea Sunday. The day is set aside to mark the debt of gratitude the world owes seafarers, and to show the Church’s......

Cuba Statue For For Jpii

T HE V ATICAN newspaper L'Osservatore Romano reported that the Cuban city of Holguin has put up a statue in honour of the late Pope John Paul II. It is the first statue in Cuba......