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Keeping an eye on the news from around the World.
BY John Lilly
Union Says Catholic Oath Not Discriminatory
The New South Wales Independent Education
Union declared that the Sydney Archdiocese was within its rights to require its
Catholic school leaders to take an oath of fidelity to adhere to Church
teachings on homosexuality, birth control and women’s ordination, the
Associated Press of Australia reported.
Principals, deputy principals and religious
education coordinators at more than 120 Catholic primary and 40 Catholic
secondary schools in Sydney will most likely have to take the oath in early
Bishop Julian Porteous, of the Archdiocesan Renewal Planning
Committee, which drafted the plan, said, “The idea of the plan is to advance
the Catholic life of the Archdiocese of Sydney.”
Philippine President Visits Fatima to Offer Thanks
The international news service Asian
Journal reported that Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo made a
pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, becoming the first Philippine
leader to make such a pilgrimage.
She attended a special Mass there and
offered a prayer of thanks for the healing of her husband, Jose Miguel “Mike”
Arroyo, from a highly risky open heart surgery.
Arroyo, who flew to Portugal after meeting with Pope
Benedict XVI at the Vatican, was given gifts, including a book on Our Lady of
Fatima, the official medal of Our Lady of Fatima and a rosary. She and her
delegation were taken to the Exhibit Hall, where gifts offered by pilgrims over
the years — such as wedding gowns, jerseys and jewelry — as well as the Crown
of Fatima were displayed.
India’s First Saint to Be Canonized
According to a report from Sar News, Blessed Alphonsa Muttathupadathu (1910-1946), a nun of the Immaculate
Conception from the state of Kerala, will become the first native Indian to be
In an audience granted to
the prefect of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints, Cardinal José Saraiva
Martins, June 1, Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree recognizing a second
miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Alphonsa, clearing the way
for her sainthood. She was beatified Feb. 8, 1986.