Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his noontime Angelus prayer yesterday, held at the papal summer residence of Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI invited gathered pilgrims to meditate on the unique and indissoluble bond which unites the celebration of the Eucharist in the Mass, with the mystery of the cross.
Pope encourages world leaders meeting in NYC to seek solutions to world violence, poverty, sickness, hungerSep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following the noontime Angelus prayer at his Castelgandolfo summer residence yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI offered prayers for a meeting of heads of State, which will be held in New York City Wednesday to try and respond to problems of violence, poverty, sickness and hunger worldwide.
Church is a vital sign of unity in Europe, says Archbishop Lajolo; its history and role cannot be ignored, or put asideSep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican's Secretary for Relations with States, told members of the fifth International Congress of the Pontifical Academy of Theology that the role of the Church in Europe is one of profound importance--both historically and in its teaching about the "ultimate truths of humanity."
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, is in the U.S. Gulf Coast this week to express the solidarity of Pope Benedict XVI and the worldwide Church with victims of Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the region nearly two weeks ago.
Confirmation hearings for Catholic Roberts set to begin today, National Right to Life claims bias from some SenatorsSep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- All eyes, especially those on both sides of the abortion and life-issues debate, will be on the Senate confirmation hearings, set to begin today for Judge John G. Roberts, whom President George Bush has tapped for Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, has recorded its highest enrolment in 20 years. Located on the University of St. Thomas campus, St. John Vianney boasts 106 students, reported the Catholic Spirit.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An “Islamic fundamentalist mafia” has been committing acts of violence and intimidation against Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land, says a document recently submitted by Holy Land Christians to Church leaders in Jerusalem.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Primate of Ireland has called on the Irish government to reach its entire overseas aid target by 2010.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic college in Montana withdrew an invitation to Planned Parenthood on attending a symposium on life issues last week. Carroll College said the pro-abortion views of the organization conflict with Catholic Church teaching.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Nearly five thousand Cubans gathered in Havana on September 8, the feast of Our Lady of Charity, the country’s patroness, to take part in a procession and Mass led by Cardinal Jaime Ortega Alamino, who offered prayers for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Peru’s Health Minister, Pilar Mazzetti, tried to discredit the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, last week arguing that only scientists can express an informed opinion about the abortifacient morning-after pill.
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Emeritus Carmelo Giaquinta of Resistencia warned this week that the evils that threaten Christians are the same that threaten the Church, in particular, unpleasantness or “bad spirits” and “sadness.”
Sep 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a special Mass in honor of Our Lady of the Choir, Bishop Juan Maria Uriarte of San Sebastian, Spain, called for a rediscovery of the vocation to motherhood and consecrated virginity for women.