Archive of May 11, 2005

God’s message of history: to call all to conversion, says Pope Benedict

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Continuing his series of Wednesday audiences prepared by the late John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI today told an estimated 17,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that although seemingly in the hands of dark forces, God penetrates all of human history.

U.S. Bishops launch immigration reform campaign

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced a broad-sweeping new campaign aimed at reforming the country’s immigration policies.

Resignation of America editor worries some Catholic journalists

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The forced resignation of Fr. Tom Reese as editor of America magazine has created a wave of reaction among Catholic journalists and academics across the country.

Conference to debate place of religion in secular society

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An upcoming conference will explore the “culture war” that has developed in social and political debates between religious believers and non-believers.

Italians remember John Paul II with 6500-foot cross

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The town of L’Aquila in central Italy has erected a steel cross towering over 6500 feet on top of a mountain which as of May 18 will be called “Mount John Paul II.”

Archbishop of Mexico calls for national agreement to bring calm to presidential race

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, is calling on presidential candidates to make a “national agreement” that would ensure that next year’s elections be carried out in an atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

Archbishop of Burgos: marriage existed before any religion

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos and member of the Committee on the Family and the Defense of Life of the Spanish Bishops Conference, said in a statement last week that “marriage is an institution that has its origins in creation and preexists any religion.”

Spanish mayor calls on Christians in government to act consistent with their faith

May 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The mayor of La Coruña, Spain, and President of the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces, Francisco Vazquez, is calling on government officials who are Christians to act “consistent with their faith.”

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