Archive of July 4, 2005

Pope Benedict to Madrid Catholics: charity is the communication of truth

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI spoke with pilgrims from the archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, accompanied by their archbishop, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, and his auxiliaries, telling them that the Church in Madrid must spread the message of the Gospel to all areas of society.

Pope calls on G8 leaders to ‘eradicate poverty, promote authentic development’ in Africa

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In remarks following his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square yesterday, Pope Benedict sent his hopes of success to the G8 leaders meeting in Gleneagles Scotland later this week and called on them to focus serious attention on the plight of the African continent.

Pro-life, pro-choice advocates wage battle for open O’Connor’s open seat

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Members of both sides of the political and moral spectrums sprung into action following Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement of retirement from the Supreme Court after 23 years.

Pope tells Zimbabwe Bishops to build up seminarians, laity and be voices of peace, justice, reconciliation

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting Saturday, Pope Benedict told visiting members of the Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference that despite difficulties in the nation, "the Church in Zimbabwe can rejoice in the presence of so many communities vibrant in faith, a significant number of vocations to the priesthood and religious life,” and encouraged them to build up catechesis and priestly formation.

Pope hopes for new Catechism Compendium to help all Christians become ‘catechists and evangelizers’

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his remarks during yesterday’s Angelus prayer at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI praised the newly published Compendium to the Catechism of the Catholic Church saying that he hopes it will contribute to a “renewal of catechesis and evangelization.

Vatican backs measures to relieve debt to impoverished nations

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking Friday to members of the United Nations in New York, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican’s permanent U.N. observer, challenged world leaders to fulfill measures which could relieve the debt of some 38 heavily impoverished nations.

Fr. Reese resignation not so ‘tragic’, says Catholic journalist

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic journalist and former editor of a diocesan newspaper has suggested that “[dissident] Catholic journalists feeling ‘unfree’ [in their work at Catholic journals] would do well to go over to secular publications where their view of the Church would be quite welcome.”

Canadian christians vow to protect marriage

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of last week’s decision of the Canadian House of Commons to allow for the legality of same-sex unions, Christian and church groups are vowing to protect the sanctity of marriage, even if, they say, Prime Minister Paul Martin is not.

Huge mosaic of John Paul II being prepared for WYD 2005

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Organizers of the next World Youth Day are preparing a gigantic mosaic containing a depiction of John Paul II.  The portrait will be made up of thousands of small pictures of the Pope sent in by young people from all over the world. 

Society disfigured by invention of homosexual “marriage” says Lima cardinal

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, denounced the existence of a worldwide campaign that sells “damaged goods,” calling a relationship that is “not between a man a woman” marriage, and he warned that by legalizing homosexual unions, society is disfigured.

Dominican bishop: education is key to building nations

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Amancio Escapa of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, said last week that education is the foundation upon which nations are built and that those responsible for it should ensure that children and young people receive an integral formation.

Desire to “take over” Colombia complicates negotiations with rebels, says prelate

Jul 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his recent visit to Aid to the Church in Need in Germany, the Apostolic Vicar of San Vicente Puerto Leguizamo in Colombia, Msgr. Francisco Javier Munera-Correa, said guerrilla rebels seek to “take over the country, and this is what is complicating negotiations so much.”

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