Archive of September 6, 2005

Pope to Declare Five New Saints next October

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is to declare five people saints next month as he will preside over his first saint-making ceremony, canonizing the five in St. Peter's Square on October 23, Vatican Radio reported Monday. Among them are an Archbishop, a Chilean priest, one lay brother and two priests founders of religious orders.

Houston archbishop holds special mass for hurricane survivors

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza issued a message of hope to hurricane survivors Sunday at a special mass and a service, urging them to lean on their faith during these trying times.

Christian unity is ‘urgent’, Pope tells ecumenical meeting

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Full and visible unity among all of Christ’s disciples is “particularly urgent in our time”, and it calls for Christians to grow deeper in their spirituality and in their mutual love for each other, said Pope Benedict XVI Sunday in a message to a meeting of Orthodox and Catholic scholars in Assisi, Italy.

In the spirit of St. Benedict, small Kansas college opens doors to displaced Katrina students

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The ancient Rule of St. Benedict stresses the idea of hospitality and charges its communities with the task of welcoming guests "as Christ Himself." In this spirit, Kansas's Benedictine College has announced that it will waive tuition costs and begin welcoming students from private institutions displaced by last week's Hurricane Katrina.

Pope expresses condolences for Austrian cable car accident

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI sent a message expressing his condolences and prayers to Bishop Manfred Scheuer of Innsbruck, Austria following a tragic cable car accident at a ski resort in that region which killed nine people Monday--many of them children.

International Vatican conference to explore human genetics in light of the Word of God

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See has announced that the twentieth international conference, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Heath Care Ministry, and scheduled to be held at the Vatican this November, will explore the broad theme of "the human genome."

In aftermath of Katrina, Faithful try to find meaning in the wake of disaster

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Amid the ruin and devastation left by Hurricane Katrina, faith still abounds and faith communities work to offer comfort and hope.

Sex meant for marriage, German cardinal says

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the German magazine Neuen Bildpost, the Archbishop of Berlin, Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky, said that despite widespread rejection in today’s culture, the Church must continue to affirm that sexual relations are meant for marriage.

Court stops distribution of abortion pill in Peru

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A non-governmental organization in Lima has secured a court injunction against the Peruvian government over the distribution of the morning-after pill in the country.  A Civil Court in Lima granted the injunction in response to a petition filed by the “Association for the Struggle Against Corruption Without Compromise.”

King of Spain invites Pope to visit in 2006

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Monday King Juan Carlos I of Spain invited Pope Benedict to visit his country to participate in the World Meeting of Families, which will be held in 2006 in Valencia.  The Spanish monarchs, who met in audience with the Pontiff at Castel Gandolfo, characterized it as “relaxed and cordial” and said they found Pope Benedict XVI to be “open, sympathetic, lively and affectionate.”  “He is more reserved than the former Pope, but he has a great sense of humor,” Queen Sofia commented after the audience.

Colombian bishop explains Church’s proposal for dialogue with rebel groups

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Colombian daily El Tiempo, the President of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro of Tunja, explained the Church’s proposal for a pre-dialogue with the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) that would clarify certain aspects of the humanitarian accord and a possible cease fire.

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo in Valencia preparing for World Meeting of Families

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, has arrived in Valencia, Spain, this week to continue preparations for the Fifth World Meeting of Families, which will take place in that country July 4-9, 2006.

British Cardinal urges Foreign Secretary on protection for Christians in Iraq

Sep 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, the head of the Catholic Church in England, vowed for a increased protection of Christians in Iraq.

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