Archive of July 7, 2005

Pope calls London blasts ‘barbaric acts against humanity’

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hours after a series of terrorist attacks rocked London’s transit system during this morning’s rush hour commute, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster deploring the inhumane acts as “barbaric.”

Catholic leaders express sympathy, shock at London attacks

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hours after a series of rush hour attacks which rocked London's transit system leaving about 40 dead, Catholic leaders from around the Britain have begun expressing their dismay and consolations over what is the Pope called a "barbaric act."

Masses, prayer vigils scheduled across Britain for bombing victims

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of his own shock at this morning’s events, the Bishop of Lichfield today announced that a number of special church services would be held around that diocese throughout the day and evening.

Italian group presents annual ‘Peter’s Pence’ to Pope Benedict

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting this morning with 30 members of the Italian group, Circolo San Pietro, Pope Benedict received the traditional “Peter’s Pence” collection and thanked the group for their “service…faithfulness and acquiescence” to Peter’s successor.

Numerous changes at upcoming Bishop’s Synod, says Archbishop Eterovicand

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning at the Vatican, secretary general, Archbishop Nikola Eterovicand, and under-secretary Msgr. Fortunato Frezza, of the Synod of Bishops presented the long awaited “Instrumentum laboris” for the upcoming Eucharistic Synod of Bishops, and outlined many changes which will be implemented this year.

Synod document addresses liturgical abuses, calls Eucharist center of Christian life

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican today, released a synopsis of the working document of the "Instrumentum laboris" for the Eleventh Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will explore the theme, “The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church."

Cardinal Egan asks deacons not to run for public office

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Edward Egan recently notified deacons across the archdiocese that they should no longer run for public office saying that he wants to avoid “any possibility of confusion or even the appearance of scandal."

Israel extends papal invitation

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday, Pope Benedict XVI was presented with commemorative stamps from Israeli and German leaders as well as an invitation on behalf of Israel’s Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to visit the Holy Land.

Indonesia celebrates 200 years of Christianity

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Jakarta is celebrating 200 years of Christian life in Indonesia with celebrations scheduled to run all the way through 2007.

Homosexual “marriage” signifies triumph of European identity crisis, says Italian senator

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The leader of the Italian Senate, Marcello Pera, said this week the approval of homosexual “marriage” and no-fault divorce in Spain are not “civil conquests” but rather the triumph of secularism and the identity crisis that plagues Europe.

Bishops warn power vacuum can turn Mexico into an ungovernable country

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico issued a statement this week warning that the power vacuums created by the corruption and impunity that shields drug trafficking threaten to make the country ungovernable.

Leftist party wants taxpayer money to fund “sex changes”

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After throwing its full support behind the new law allowing homosexual “marriage” and no-fault divorce, the radical left-wing party in Spain, Izquierda Unida (United Left), has asked the government to immediately approve a new law that would allow Social Security funds to be used to pay for sex change operations.

Bishop Skylstad urges Bush to consider court nominee who will support protection human life

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a recent letter, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops President, Bishop William Skylstad urged President George Bush to consider key moral issues and qualities as he chooses a nominee to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Bush says he won’t choose judicial nominee based on abortion, other ‘hot-button issues’

Jul 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On his way to this week’s G8 summit in Scotland yesterday, and facing a heated battle back in Washington over retiring Sandra Day O’Connor’s vacant Supreme Court seat, President George Bush said that he would not base his decision on issues like abortion and same-sex marriage.

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