Archive of September 21, 2005

Closeness of God with Old Testament Israel points to coming Christ, His presence to the world, says Pope

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to some 26,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square for today's general audience, Pope Benedict demonstrated how God's closeness to the people of Israel through the Old Testament Ark of the Covenant paved the way to the Messiah who was to come and "dwell among us."

Pope Benedict: sports, properly practiced, can build respect, loyalty and solidarity between people and cultures

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Among the nearly 26,000 pilgrims present for the Pope's general audience today in St. Peter's Square were representatives from the UEFA and "Gioco Calcio" sport federations, to whom the Holy Father spoke of the spiritual importance of sport--activities which, he said, can bring respect, loyalty and solidarity between peoples.

IRAQ: Constitution „opens the door“ to discrimination, says Patriarch

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mons. Emmanuel III Delly, the Patriarch of Baghdad for the Catholic Chaldeans, has met the President and Prime Minister of Iraq saying that the Catholic bishops were opposed to key elements of the draft permanent constitution.

Archbishop Burke says young people are key to changing, evangelizing the culture

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to young people gathered for a monthly coffeehouse at a St. Louis-area parish last weekend, Archbishop Raymond Burke said that today’s young people need to be on the forefront of the Church’s “New Evangelization” and call to transform the culture.

Religious voice should play role in shaping public policy, Catholic leaders agree

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Religious voices must play a role in shaping public policy, Catholic leaders said Monday at a symposium on faith and politics at Duquesne University. More than 300 people attended.

Bishops endorse signature campaign against same-sex marriage legislation

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The four Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have endorsed ''Protect Marriage Sunday" — a one-day signature-gathering campaign that organizers hope will advance a 2008 ballot initiative banning same-sex marriage. The bishops have or will soon send letters to parishioners urging them to sign the petition.

USCCB-supported group urges President Bush to take lead in solving Darfur crisis

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, a faith-based human rights coalition seeking an end to genocides and violence in the Darfur region of Sudan sent a letter to President George Bush urging immediate action to end the crisis.

‘Top-notch’ convention for vocation directors called in Tampa

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Vocation directors will gather for a three-day convention this week. “Called to Follow the Son” will take place Sept. 25-28 at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in downtown Tampa. It has been organized by members of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors ( NCDVD) Region XIV.

Catholic diocese offers forums on immigration

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two forums on immigration in the Diocese of Yakima, Washington, will seek to promote greater communication between officials and the public and provide information on immigration laws and policies, immigration consumer protection and human trafficking.

Nuncio highlights “points of convergence” between Holy See and Venezuelan government

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After a meeting with Venezuelan Vice President Jose Vicente Rangel, the new Apostolic Nuncio to Venezuela, Archbishop Giacinto Berloco, said there were “many points of convergence and many prospects for collaboration” between the government and the Holy See.

European bishops meet to discuss influence of media on young people

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After an extensive debate on the influence of the mass media on young peoples’ vision of reality, the European Bishops’ Commission on the Media concluded its general meeting in Warsaw this week.

Bishops of Colombia request clarification regarding priest’s alleged links to FARC

Sep 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Emeritus Fabian Marulanda, has requested that the Attorney General of Colombia speed up the investigation into a Spanish priest who has been accused of having ties to the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).

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