Archive of April 25, 2005

Pope Benedict commits to bridge-building with world religions; calls on leaders to ‘Put out into the deep’

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Setting the stage for what many hope will be a continuation of Pope John Paul II’s dialogue with world religions, Pope Benedict met this morning with members of various Christian Churches and ecclesial communities, as well as of non-Christian religious leaders who had come to Rome for yesterday’s inauguration Mass.

Madison Bishop calls suicide-minded living wills a mortal sin

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of the recent death of Terri Schiavo and the new national discussion on living wills, Bishop Robert Morlino of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin is trying to clarify the Church’s position on the wills and keep faithful out of mortal sin.

Catholic school system shrinks despite success

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic schools outperform public schools, says education expert Myron Lieberman. Yet, the number of Catholic schools that are closing continues to increase.

Oregon priests predict surprises, leadership from Benedict XVI

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic should be wise and not put their leaders “in a box,” Fr. Gary Zerr told the Stateman Journal, referring to the newly inaugurated Pope Benedict XVI. The Pope has received harsh criticism in the last week due to the reputation that he had developed as a hardliner in his role as prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

German-American Catholics see new Pope as sign of redemption

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- There is great pride in the German-American community that the current Pope is their fellow countryman. Parishioners at the German parish of St. Alphonsus in Chicago dedicated a special mass yesterday in honor of the new Pope, reported ABC Channel 7.

Preservationists suspect Newport building housed first Catholic church

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Newport building slated for condominiums may have housed the oldest Catholic Church in Rhode Island, says the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission.

Catholic Action Group: BBC dropped the ball by ignoring abortion debate

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The British Catholic Action Group (CAG) is criticizing the BBC for ignoring its requests for a televised debate on the issue of abortion in light of the U.K.’s upcoming general elections.

Museum and institute on life and teaching of JP II to be opened in Warsaw

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- City officials in Warsaw, Poland, have announced plans to open a museum and institute on the life and teachings of the late Pope John Paul II.  Warsaw mayor Lech Kaczynski, who spoke with the Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, made the announcement on Saturday.

Cardinal Rouco notes importance of new pontificate for Europe

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, says the pontificate of Benedict XVI will be characterized by “the Christian revitalization of the roots of Europe,” and he called the new Pontiff “the Pope of reconciliation and of peace.”

Bishop of Chiapas says Benedict XVI right Pope for right time

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of Chiapas, Mexico, says Pope Benedict XVI is the Pontiff “the Church needs” and those who criticize him “show their ignorance of the Catholic faith once again”

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo: family being destroyed “brick by brick” in Spain

Apr 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Responding to news on Friday that Spain’s Congress approved a law making homosexual unions equivalent to marriage and allowing the adoption of children by homosexual couples, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, warned that the family in Spain is being destroyed “brick by brick.”

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