July 2012

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

JULY 29 – SEVENTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). Readings:
2 Kings 4:42-44;
Ephesians 4:1-6; John 6:1-15.


JULY 30 – MONDAY: SIXTEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. Mass of the day (green). Readings: Jeremiah 13:1-11; 

Matthew 13:31-35.


Challenge to be generous and loving
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

Food and meals are one of the most common images that Jesus used during his life on this earth.

The people among whom Jesus moved and with whom he talked and interacted would have spent a good deal of their time worrying about where their next meal was coming from and, consequently, the time that they spent at table would have been regarded as some of the most precious moments in life.


Peruvian university loses Vatican recognition
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): The Vatican has withdrawn the titles Catholic and Pontifical from a university in Peru after decades of discussions over the school’s Catholic identity and after tensions between university officials and the local cardinal over control of the school’s assets. 

In a communiqué published on July 21, the Vatican said Lima’s Pontifical Catholic University of Peru,...

Too early to celebrate possible cure for AIDS says Vatican point man
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

WASHINGTON (CNS): More than 20,000 people descended on the Washington DC, the United States of America, for the 19th International AIDS Conference, and Monsignor Robert J. Vitillo felt right at home. 

As the Catholic Church’s point man on HIV and AIDS, he moves among the scientists, politicians and activists with ease, having worked for years to make sure that those involved in faith-based responses to...

St. Pius X group bows to papal authority and leaves door ajar for further talks
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): In a statement from the general chapter meeting of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, which ended on July 14

The Society of St Pius X acknowledged the full authority of the pope over the Church, saying that chapter members formally affirmed their faith in the Roman Catholic Church and its hierarchical structure in which “the supreme power of government over the universal Church...

Vatican passes first test in anti-money laundering and financial transparency
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): A long-awaited 240-page report by European finance experts says the Vatican still needs to beef up internal inspection and supervisory powers even as it continues working to comply with international standards against money laundering and financing terrorism. 

Overall, the Vatican met nine out of 16 key and core recommendations, thereby passing its first major test in an effort to become...

Government interference in ordinations unwarranted
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

In his message for the World Day of Peace 2011, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us that “peace is the work of conscience, open to the truth and love” and religious freedom is the road to peace.

The ordinations of bishops in China have for over half a century been victim to serious government interference, which shows that the window of religious freedom for the Church is closing.


Young Catholics petition against Madonna concert
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

Warsaw (CathNews): A group of young Catholics has launched an online petition to have Madonna’s upcoming concert in Warsaw cancelled as it coincides with the Polish capital’s annual World War II commemoration of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising against the city’s Nazi’s occupiers, according to an AFP report in Yahoo7 News.

Launched by a group calling itself the Youth Crusade, the petition,...

WikiLeaks valet acted out of love for Church and pope say lawyers
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Lawyers for Paolo Gabriele, the personal assistant to Pope Benedict XVI accused of leaking private documents in the VatiLeaks scandal, said that his actions were done out for love of the Church and the pope. 

However, Carlo Fusco and Cristiana Arru, the defence lawyers, said whether or not anything Gabriele did was a crime will be up to Vatican magistrates or a Vatican court to determine....

Catholic lay group invited to North Korea
(Saturday, 28 July 2012 )

ROME (UCAN): The Community of Sant’Egidio, a lay organisation devoted to promoting peace in the world, was invited to visit Pyongyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to deliver 25 tonnes of food aid.

Mauro Garofalo, who made the trip on behalf of the community between May 24 and 30 to oversee the distribution of the food, described it as rare for the reclusive government of North Korea to...