Archive of August 8, 2005

Holy See calls for moratorium on production and use of land mines

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his address at the 11th session of the Convention for the prohibition or limitation of the use of some conventional weapons that can produce excessive or indiscriminate traumatic effects, the Holy See’s representative, Archbishop Silvano Maria Tomasi, called for a moratorium on the production and use of hidden weapons, especially antipersonnel mines.

Archbishop Levada prepares to leave for Rome amid prayers and few protesters

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- San Francisco's St. Mary's Cathedral was full to overflowing Sunday as  nearly 3,000 faithful gathered to say farewell to Archbishop William Levada, who will take over as Head of the Vatican's Congregation for the doctrine of the faith--a post previously held  by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and the highest ever held by an American.

Cleveland Bishop honors fallen soldiers in Iraq during special Mass

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, shepherd of the Catholic Church in northeast Ohio,  honored slain members of an Ohio-based batallion serving in Iraq during a special Mass Sunday  during which he urged faithful to "Pray that the world can learn to resolve its conflicts in peaceful  ways."

Catholic-Jewish interfaith group rebukes Israel’s attack on Pope Benedict

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier this week, Gary Krupp, head of the Pave the Way Foundation, an organization seeking to improve relations between Catholics and Jews, rebuked Israeli leaders for their harsh words against Pope Benedict regarding what they saw as a failure of the Holy Father to recognize terrorist attacks aimed at Israel.

Masonic Lodge in Italy appoints Catholic priest as chaplain, claims "openness" to Catholic Church

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an unusual show of “openness” to the Catholic Church, a Masonic lodge in Italy has announced the appointment of a Catholic priest as chaplain.  The news was announced during an address to members of the lodge by Grand Master Fabio Venzi of the Grand Lodge of Ancient Free and Accepted Masons of Italy.

Socialist party leader in Bolivia proposes legalization of abortion

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bolivia’s Socialist Party leader Evo Morales said this week the government should approve a new law on sexual and reproductive rights, which would make abortion legal in the country.

Bishops of Venezuela pledge to make Church more active and prominent

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of their Plenary Council, the bishops of Venezuela announced their intention to make the Church in that country more “missionary, active and committed in the building of a new society.”

Large group of Spaniards make pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Aug 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In what has been determined the largest pilgrimage ever from the Spanish region of Valencia, more than 180 Spaniards arrived in the Holy Land on August 8 to begin a “pilgrimage for peace,” led by Auxiliary Bishop Esteban Escudero of Valencia. 

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