Cardinal Opposes Death Penalty for Saddam Hussein
THE UNIVERSE, June 23 — Stating that “human life is always inviolable,” Cardinal Paul Poupard, president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue and Pontifical Council for Culture, urged that Saddam Hussein not be sentenced to death, the British website reported.
The Iraqi court trying the former
dictator is expected to make a decision on his sentence public in August,
despite the recent murder of Saddam’s defense lawyer, who was shot in
“The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Pope reiterate that every person is a creature of God, and that no one can consider himself the proprietor of another’s life and death, except the Creator,” said the cardinal.
“Life is a gift, and this is a
universal principle and there are no exceptions. Every creature, including the
most unfortunate, was created in the image and likeness of the Lord. God is
master of life and death.”
Pope: Mass Deserves Traditional Sacred Music
AKI, June 26 — Pope Benedict XVI has called for traditional sacred music to be played during Mass, criticizing the ongoing custom of contemporary music at religious celebrations, AdnKronosInternational reported.
“Updating sacred music is possible, but this cannot happen unless it follows the tradition of Gregorian chants or sacred polyphony,” the Holy Father, a skilled pianist with a predilection for Bach and Mozart, said June 25 after hearing a performance of sacred music in the Sistine Chapel.
In an interview published in Turin-daily La Stampa June 26, the former Archbishop of Ravenna, Cardinal Ersilio Tonini said, “Benedict XVI is right. Mass is a meeting with God and to meet God sacred music is better than the turmoil of electric guitars, hand clapping and the hustle and bustle of disorderly sounds.”
The cardinal said 40 years ago after the Second Vatican Council “making Mass more popular and inviting could be understood.” However, the cardinal added, “we exaggerated and now I believe it is legitimate to consider as over this season of breaks with tradition.”
A Vatican Delegation Goes to
ASIANEWS, June 27 — A Vatican delegation
The meeting of the Holy See’s delegation with representatives of the Chinese
government comes at a time of tension caused by the recent series of illicit episcopal ordinations, which the
The Holy See’s
delegation consisted of Archbishop Claudio Celli and Msgr. Gianfranco Rota Graziosi of the Secretariat of State. It is hoped that
establishing diplomatic relations with
The report said complicating matters is a long series of religious freedom violations: Dozens of priests of the underground Church are still in prison; bishops have been missing for years. Even Bishop Jia Zhiguo of Zhengding, whose liberation had been announced weeks ago, was still being detained.
Holy Father to Visit
REUTERS, June 24 — Pope Benedict will
return to his native
A statement released by the
Pope Benedict studied at the