Archive of August 15, 2005

Pope grants first interview, speaks on WYD, Christian joy, the crisis in Europe

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his first interview since being elected to the papacy, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the joy of being Christian in the midst of the world and of the importance of renewing the faith in Europe through experiences such as World Youth Day Cologne.

Pope calls for prayers for success of WYD

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Presiding at the recitation of the Angelus this Sunday at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI called on the world to pray for the success of World Youth Day.  The Pontiff’s reflection during the prayer centered on the testimonies of the various saints and martyrs celebrated in recent days, from St. Lawrence to St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein).

San Francisco mayor, faithful, bid Archbishop Levada farewell

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Nearly 2,300 well-wishers turned out Saturday night to bid farewell to San Francisco Archbishop William Levada as he heads to Rome to become head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a post formerly held by Pope Benedict XVI.

24,000 U.S. youth among those flooding Germany for World Youth Day

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This week, some 600 young people from Denver, Colorado will complete the overseas trek to join an estimated 800,000 youth from around the world--as well as Pope Benedict XVI--for the 20th World Youth Day.

Catholic League president calls for constitutional restructuring of Supreme Court; end to ‘judicial tyranny’

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- William Donahue, president of the New York-based Catholic League for religious and civil liberties is calling for a restructuring of the U.S. Supreme Court, saying that “it should be unconstitutional for the court to overturn an act of Congress unless it is a unanimous decision.”

Italian youth most represented in WYD registrations

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Young people from all over the world have registered for World Youth Day (WYD) in Cologne, Germany, this week. The top five countries represented in the registrations are European.

Road to Cologne includes stops at famous pilgrimage sites

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of young people from around the world are pouring into Cologne, Germany, today for the start of World Youth Day (WYD) 2005 Aug. 16.

Judicial power in Spain defends right to declare homosexual weddings unconstitutional

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The General Council of the Judiciary in Spain has said it will ask the Ministry of Justice to force the general director of Registrars and Notaries, Pilar Blanco-Morales, to retract the “very serious comments” she made against two justices of the peace who challenged the constitutionality of the country’s new law on homosexual “marriage.”

Argentine bishop: Social doctrine of the Church is not an ideology

Aug 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Resistencia, Argentina, Bishop Carmelo Giaquinta, said this week “the social doctrine of the Church is not an ideology,” but rather “a light that helps us see clearly the nucleus, which is mankind, of all social problems.”

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