Archive of June 3, 2005

Pope John Paul's Secretary becomes his successor in the Archdiocese of Krakow

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI appointed today Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, adjunct prefect of the Pontifical Household and former Pope John Paul II's personal Secretary, as the new Archbishop of Krakow, the second largest diocese in Poland.

Pro-life groups predict defeat of physician-assisted suicide bill

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups are hopeful that California’s physician-assisted suicide bill, AB 654, will not pass as it faces mounting opposition among Democratic Assemblymembers.

Dominicans celebrate 200 years in the United States

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Dominican Friars marking their 200th anniversary of their foundation in the United States.

Forum gathers 600 to discuss future of religious life

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The largest gathering of consecrated religious in Canada in the last 30 years will be held in Montreal this weekend, June 3-5.

Pope Benedict issues blessing for Canadian exhibit of Vatican art

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A much-anticipated exhibit of more than 300 pieces of Vatican art was launched yesterday at an invitation-only gathering at Notre-Dame Basilica.

Catholics oppose broadcast of “Popetown” in New Zealand

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic organization in New Zealand is insisting that a local television station scrap the broadcast of the highly controversial made-for-TV animation, Popetown.

Westminster Abbey counters Da Vinci Code

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Since one of London's top tourist attractions appeared in Dan Brown's Da Vinci Code, tour guides have been inundated with questions from curious tourists. In an effort to help them counter the factual errors in the book, tour guides at Westminster Abbey were given information sheets, reported the Press Association.

Chilean bishop calls for new era of reconciliation in wake of torture report

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Sergio Valech Aldunate of Santiago, Chile, called for a “new era of reconciliation in the country” this week after the publication of the final report on the use of torture during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and he expressed his hope for solutions “for the problems of the future and that the past be left behind.”

Church in Bolivia calls for national agreement in midst of growing crisis

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia is calling on the government and on demonstration leaders to make their best effort to find a common solution to the problems facing the country and to do everything possible to stop the growing violence.

Gaudi’s Church of the Holy Family to be ready for worship in 2008

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Church of the Holy Family in Barcelona, the unfinished work of Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi, will be ready for worship in 2008 and its construction will be finished in 20 to 30 years if projections are accurate.

Next CELAM meeting opportune moment for first papal visit to Latin America

Jun 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, Vice President of the Council of Latin American Bishops’ Conferences (CELAM), said this week the upcoming meeting of the bishops in some country of the region would be a great opportunity for Pope Benedict XVI to make his first papal visit to Latin America.

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