Archive of September 19, 2005

Vatican reveals Pope John Paul II lasts words: “Let me go to the house of the Father.”

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Let me go to the house of the Father.” These were Pope John Paul II’s last words, mumbled in polish with a weak voice, six hours before reaching the house of the father.

Grace of the Eucharist is secret to holy priests, says Pope

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Before his noontime Angelus prayer at the papal Castelgandolfo summer residence yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI said that the key to holy priests and to a sanctified Church lies in the celebration of the Eucharist.

Pope challenges new bishops to humbly trust God, be 'teachers of the faith'

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of recently ordained bishops who have just completed a period of prayer and reflection over their upcoming duties and new roles. He called on them to be teachers of the faith, and to announce to people the profound good news of the Gospel--a reason, he said, for which to live.

Vatican official calls for renewal of U.N., supports 'Peacebuilding Commission'

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the final day of a high-level United Nations summit held in New York, Vatican Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano told participants that the aging U.N. needs to be renewed to face the "challenges of the present day" and called for new peacekeeping initiatives to be implemented.

Missouri judge blocks new anti-abortion laws

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, a federal judge in Missouri blocked two new abortion laws which would have regulated the state’s abortion clinics and beefed up parental consent standards, just one day after they were signed by the governor.

US parishes welcome more cultural groups, conference urges more inclusion

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Multicultural parishes are becoming increasingly common across America, and they are no longer just an urban phenomenon. Parishes in rural towns are becoming more and more multicultural, and this new trend was evident last week at a national conference in Arlington

Symposium to consider future staffing of parishes

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Diocesan and parish leaders will reflect on the future staffing of parishes at a national symposium this week. "Enhancing The Mission" will be held Sept. 21-23 at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel.

Places of worship keep National Day of Prayer for Katrina victims

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Americans across the country joined Friday in a National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for victims of Hurricane Katrina. President George W. Bush called for the special day of prayer.

Bishop hopeful appeal will make partial-birth abortions illegal

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Walter Hurley is hopeful appeals to higher courts will reinstate the Michigan Legal Birth Definition Act.

Peruvian bishops demand truthfulness from authorities about abortion pill

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Peru has issued a statement demanding the country’s Ministry of Health make public the international scientific information that has not discounted the potential abortifacient nature of the morning-after pill. Likewise the bishops denounced an effort to keep Catholics from participating in public debate on the issue.

Catholic Church calls for confidentiality in negotiations with rebels

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia called for confidentiality in the proposals to achieve the liberation of hostages after the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) rejected a proposal to enter into dialogue with the government and the Catholic Church.

Socialists push to have referendum on legalization of abortion in Portugal

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new law that would legalize abortion in Portugal up to the seventh week of pregnancy could be the subject of a national referendum if a proposal by country’s Socialist Party is approved.

Laicism should mean neutrality, not exclusion says French archbishop

Sep 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting on laicism and religion in France, Archbishop Andre Lacrampe of Besançon and president of the National Council for Solidarity, said laicism implies neutrality and not exclusion or ignorance by the State in regards to the Church.

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