Archive of January 31, 2005

Holy Father to suspend audiences due to “flu-like symptoms”

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls stated that, "the Holy Father, due to flu-like symptoms which began yesterday, has been advised to suspend the audiences scheduled for today.”

New Catholic statistics show worldwide growth in church

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning the Holy Father was presented with the Pontifical Yearbook, also known as the "Annuario Pontificio" for 2005, which shows updated statistics of Catholics around the world.

Pope reminds annulment officials to seek truth, not expedient solutions

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, in the Vatican, the Holy Father received the dean, prelate auditors, officials, and lawyers of the tribunal of the Roman Rota, the Vatican office which oversees worldwide requests for annulments, for the inauguration of the judicial year.

Mixed commission for sexual abuse cases to reconvene today

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, the mixed commission for the examination of norms in the cases of priestly sexual abuse against minors began work again today.

Pope prays that worldwide solidarity shown in tsunami disaster will serve as source of hope

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, a message, dated January 22, from the Holy Father to Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," and the Pope's envoy to Southeast Asia was published.

“Even the young can be peacemakers”, says Holy Father

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before praying the Angelus yesterday, the Pope greeted numerous children and young people from Italian Catholic Action present in St Peter's Square, who are concluding their "month of peace."

Pope appoints prominent U.S. clergy to Congregation for Catholic Education

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, the Vatican made public that the Holy Father appointed prominent Americans, Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron of Oakland, and Fr. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president of the Catholic University of America as consulters to the Congregation for Catholic Education.

Lincoln priest appointed Bishop of Wichita

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the Holy Father announced the appointment of Michael Jackels, a priest from the diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska who will take over the 25-county Diocese of Wichita, Kansas on April 4th.

Catholic schools celebrate their strengths

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Schools Week will include more celebration than usual for St. Alphonsus Liguori Catholic School. The school in Prospect Heights, Ill., was one of  250 nationwide to win a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the U.S. Department of Education in November.

Archbishop O'Malley launches Catholic Schools Week in parish

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O'Malley launched Catholic Schools Week in the Archdiocese of Boston Jan. 29 with a mass at St. Tarcisius Catholic Parish. It was the archbishop’s first visit to the parish.

Archbishop Burke defrocks three St. Louis priests accused of abuse

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke announced Friday that he has defrocked three priests of his archdiocese, who were accused of sexual abuse years ago.

Hindu fundamentalists destroy monastery cross and make death threats to nuns

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement sent to the Fides news agency, the Bishops Conference of India denounced a group of Hindu fundamentalists who broke into the convent of the Teresian Carmelites in Ambernath, where they destroyed parts of the building and left death threats against the nuns.

UN feminist committee “recommends” Paraguay legalize abortion

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During its 32nd biannual meeting, the controversial UN Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women recommended the country of Paraguay review its laws against abortion and opt for a separation of Church and State from an “anti-Christian perspective.”

Canadian center for Opus Dei completes $10M expansion

Jan 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s largest Opus Dei centre recently got bigger. The Manoir de Beaujeu, a retreat and conference centre located 30 miles west of Montreal in the Diocese of Valleyfield, underwent a $10-million expansion that includes a formation center for young women in the field of hospitality management.

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