Archive of April 19, 2005

White Smoke. Habemus Papam

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At 17:56 in Rome, white smoke rose from the chimney atop of the Sistine Chapel. The Catholic Church has a new Pope. Soon the name of the man chosen to succeed John Paul II will be revealed when we hear the words Habemus Papam pronounced from the balcony of St. Peter´s. Catholics are celebrating.      

Welcome Benedict XVI!

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The 265th. Pontiff of the Church comes from Germany and he is Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected today as the new successor of Peter. Thousands from all around the world celebrated the announcement at St. Peter´s Square.

Benedict XVI dines with Cardinals, announces inauguration on Sunday

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Mass for the solemn inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI will take place on Sunday at St. Peter's, announced today the Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls.

Report says papal charity exceeded 9 million in 2004

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has published a report citing that aid given by the late Pope John Paul II to poor and suffering in 2004 totaled $9,252,047.

All-night prayer vigil for conclave held on Denver campus

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Throughout Sunday night and into Monday, a group of students and religious gathered on the Auraria Campus in downtown Denver to pray for the 115 cardinals who would soon convene to elect the 265th leader of the Catholic Church.

Archbishop Chaput calls Eucharist sale on eBay ‘extraordinarily offensive’

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The on-line auctioning company, eBay is under fire today from Catholics around the world who are outraged that the company allowed a Eucharistic host allegedly consecrated by Pope John Paul II to be sold on their site.

Vicar-general of Khartoum released

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The vicar-general of the Diocese of Khartoum, Fr. Peter Ayung, was released from prison yesterday. The priest had been arrested April 14 at his residence by two police officers and brought to the Khartoum police station. He was transferred to Wad Medani, about 150 km south of Khartoum.

Interest in faith-based TV soars

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Television executives are seeking to fuel viewers’ new appetite for religious-themed programming, reported Agence France-Presse. The trend was evident at the latest MIPTV audiovisual trade show that closed in Cannes Friday.

Pro-life demonstration to hit Capitol Hill next week

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Six pro-life groups are urging thousands of women to join them on Capitol Hill April 27 to tell the U.S. government that women believe all human life is precious and deserves protection under the law.

New head of USCCB Office for Child and Youth Protection named

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops’ Office for Child and Youth Protection has a new director. Teresa M. Kettelkamp, who served with the Illinois State Police for 29 years, is the new executive director, effective April 13.

Rockford bishop talks about possibilities for John Paul’s successor

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Thomas Doran believes it won't be too long before the 115 cardinals elect the new Pope.

Benedict XVI: With Mary and her prayers, God will help us move ahead

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI emerged onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica waving and smiling at a wildly cheering crowd of tens of thousands packed in St. Peter’s Square.

President Bush greets Pope Benedict XVI

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, President George W. Bush read a short statement at White House's South Lawn greeting Pope Benedict XVI.

WYD Cologne 2005 will receive Benedict XVI in his homeland, Germany

Apr 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- One of the acts programmed for the newly elected Pontiff, Benedict XVI, is the journey to his homeland, Germany, to meet the youth from all around the world gathered for World Youth Day 2005 in the city of Cologne.

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