Archbishop Pakiam elected Administrator

KUALA LUMPUR – The Kuala Lumpur archdiocese’s College of Consultors has elected Archbishop Emeritus Murphy Pakiam as archdiocesan administrator.He is to govern the archdiocese until the pope appoints a successor.Archbishop Pakiam, on reaching the age of 75 on Dec 6,  tendered his resignation as the head of the archdiocese. […]

Other Pontifical Acts – 17 April 2014

Vatican City, 24 April 2014 (VIS) – On Friday 18 the Holy Father accepted the resignation of Rev. Dom Umberto Beda Paluzzi, O.S.B., from the pastoral care of the territorial abbey of Montevergine in Italy, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. […]

Other Pontifical Acts – 26 March 2014

Vatican City, 26 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has: – appointed Bishop Manoel Joao Francisco of Chapeco, Brazil, as bishop of Cornelio Procopio (area 6,715, population 216,000, Catholics 183,000, priests 38, religious 40), Brazil. He succeeds Bishop Getulio Teixeira Guimaraes, S.V.D., whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese, upon reaching [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 15 March 2014

Vatican City, 15 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father: – accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the diocese of Sincelejo, Colombia, presented by Bishop Nel Hedye Beltran Santamaria, in accordance with canon 401 para. 2 of the Code of Canon Law. – appointed Bishop Romulo T. de la Cruz of Kidapawan as [...]

Other Pontifical Acts – 4 March 2014

Vatican City, 4 March 2014 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. Peter Leslie Smith as auxiliary of the archdiocese of Portland (area 85,541, population 1,379,000, Catholics 207,300, priests 168, permanent deacons 42, religious 347), U.S.A. The bishop-elect was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa in 1958 and was ordained a priest in 2001. He [...]

Congress Marks Anniversary of Code of Eastern Canon Law

VATICAN CITY, 7 OCT 2010 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office, a press conference was held to present a forthcoming congress marking the twentieth anniversary of the publication of the Code of Canons of the Eastern Churches. The congress is due to take place on 8 and 9 October. [...]

Motu Proprio: Variations to the Code of Canon Law

VATICAN CITY, 15 DEC 2009 (VIS) – Made public today was Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio, “Omnium in mentem”. The document is dated 26 October 2009 and contains two variations to the Code of Canon Law (CIC), variations which have long been the object of study by dicasteries of the Roman Curia and by national episcopal [...]

The morning-after pill and other anti-implantation methods

An embryo is constituted after fertilisation of the egg, and drugs and techniques that prevent its implantation in the uterine wall are morally illicit because they intend to cause an abortion – even if they don’t actually cause an abortion every time they are used. Anyone who seeks to prevent the implantation of an embryo [...]

Why Canon Law is needed

SINGAPORE – All Catholics have rights and duties within the church, and it is Canon Law that helps to ensure that what has been divinely entrusted to the church is properly administered to the faithful. […]