Archive of September 23, 2005

Pope Benedict to Mexican Bishops: faith shouldn’t be reduced to private sphere

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to visiting Mexican bishops earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict stressed the need for strengthening the family and building up of an authentic culture of life in that country, respectful of the humanity of all its citizens.

In true democracies, says Pope, religious freedom can, must exist

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting today with Luis Felipe Bravo Mena, Mexico's new ambassador to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need for religious freedom in democratic states and said that favorable progress had been made in relations between that Mexico and the Holy See.

Pope tells Mexican bishops: minister to everyone, the faithful and the searching; give greatest attention to priests

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier this morning, Pope Benedict held audience with visiting Mexican bishops, in Rome for their "ad limina" visits, and reminded them that the peoples of multiple cultures and traditions who coexist in their cities must be accommodated with special pastoral care, giving particular attention to the poor and marginalized.

Ending nuclear weapon testing should be aim of every state, says Vatican's U.N. representative

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the Vatican's permanent observer to the United Nations is currently in New York for the U.N. conference: "Facilitating the Entry-into-Force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT)," at which, he told participants yesterday that states must clear the way to ending "forever the testing of nuclear weapons."

Roberts nomination clears Senate committee, heads to full Senate

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The nomination of Judge John G. Roberts--a Catholic--to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court has cleared the  Senate Judiciary Committee and will now head to the full U.S. Senate.

Sex-abuse scandal was sign of something more widespread, says Fr. Fessio

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Washington Times regarding the Vatican’s new document which will reportedly bar homosexual men from seminaries, Fr. Joseph Fessio, head of Ignatius Press and provost at Ave Maria University, said that a deep seeded sexual ethics problem lies at the root of the Church’s decision, and of the sex abuse scandal which has come to light in recent years.

Fidelis denounces group that claims to be Catholic

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A national Catholic advocacy organization says Roman Catholics for the Freedom to Marry is a dissident group that should not be allowed to describe itself as Catholic.

Cardinal George discusses role of church at St. Mary

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The mission of the Catholic Church in the United States is to evangelize and to use its role as a worldwide institution to help the country connect more authentically with the rest of the world, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, told a 500-member crowd at the Church of St. Mary.

Priest raises $900,000 for parish meal center with clever T-shirts

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A year-round parish-based meal center for the poor and hungry of Lawrence is a go after Fr. Paul O’Brien managed to coordinate a major funding campaign that raised $900,000.

Legal challenge to clarify if gay marriage law in Spain is constitutional

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla of Segorbe-Castellón, Spain, said this week the legal challenge brought by the Popular Party against Spain’s new gay marriage law would clarify if the new law is constitutional.

Caritas in Spain to train volunteers to work with AIDS victims and mentally ill

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Caritas office in Valencia, Spain, announced this week it will begin offering formation classes in October to train volunteers who will work with the mentally ill, the homeless and with victims of AIDS.

Spread good among society, says Argentine archbishop

Sep 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, called on Christians this week to spread good and live exemplary lives in response to the scandals and foolishness in today’s society and culture.

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