Archive of June 6, 2005

Pope calls on married couples to be witness of God’s fidelity

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with the pilgrims from the Italian  Diocese of Verona, Pope Benedict XVI called on married couples to be witnesses of God’s fidelity.  “You have come to be confirmed in the faith,” he told the pilgrims, who are celebrating the end of a three-year long diocesan synod, “and I, called just a short time ago to this serious duty, am happy to greet (you) ... and to encourage you in the commitment of giving a Christian witness in today's world.”

Pope John Paul’s secretary reveals he didn’t burn unpublished writings

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During an interview with Polish state radio, Pope John Paul II's longtime private secretary, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, revealed he has preserved the late pontiff's personal notes instead of burning them, as his will demanded.

Focus misplaced regarding resignation of America editor, says Catholic analyst

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While reports on the May 6 resignation of Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, as editor of America magazine focused on the heavy-handedness of Pope Benedict XVI, a prominent Catholic analyst believes the more interesting story is why the Jesuits’ superior general allowed the longtime editor to resign at this time, when he had consistently ignored complaints under Pope John Paul II.

Pope call priests to place nothing above love of Christ

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the Sunday Angelus,  Pope Benedict XVI called on Christians to pray that priests may never place anything above the love of Christ.

Pontifical Council of Culture convenes Continental meeting in Brazil

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture has convened its members and consultors on the American continent for a plenary meeting that will take place in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil,) from June 7 to 12.

Homosexual marriage licenses defeated in California

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- California’s same-sex marriage license bill was defeated Thursday by four votes in the California State Assembly, leaving pro-family groups pleased and relieved.

Kentucky diocese agrees to largest settlement with abuse victims in the US

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Covington has agreed to the largest settlement yet for alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse.

Anti-Catholic bias marks Florida art show

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League is demanding that an image of Pope Benedict XVI surrounded by swastikas be removed from a Florida art exhibit at the Broward Art Guild.

Navarro-Valls to stay on as Vatican spokesman

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Italian daily, Secolo d’Italia, is reporting that Joaquin Navarro-Valls will stay on as official spokesman and director of the Holy See’s Press Office.

Pope exhorts Church in Cuba to promote missions

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cuban church officials revealed this week that Pope Benedict XVI, in a message sent through Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, exhorted the Church in Cuba to give impulse to “an untiring missionary action.”

Youth from US, Canada, Mexico walking 1,300 miles in defense of life

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fifty young adults are walking 1,300 miles to declare the pro-life message that human life is sacred and must be protected from conception to natural death.

Congress on palliative medicine in Paraguay presents alternative to euthanasia

Jun 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The first Paraguayan Congress on Palliative Medicine took place this weekend in Asuncion, in an effort to provide a moral alternative to euthanasia.  Palliative medicine, as a medical field, deals with care for terminally ill patients, both at the physical and psychiatric level, assuring them relief from pain. 

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