Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his last Sunday angelus prayer at the papal Castelgandolfo summer residence before his return to the Vatican later this week, Pope Benedict said yesterday that the response of the faithful in receiving the Eucharist must be one of concrete love, conversion, and forgiveness.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican published this week-end the full list of the special auditors invited as "audiutores Secretarii specialis" (or experts) and “auditors”(auditors) for the forthcoming Eleventh General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, that will take place in October. Among them are representatives of English-speaking congregations and lay associations such as Carl Albert Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Order of the Knights of Columbus, and Fr. Francis Moloney, S.D.B., of the department of biblical studies at the Catholic University of America, Washington.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, the Vatican released a summary of the busy winter schedule awaiting Pope Benedict. Several groundbreaking events, including the 11th General Synod of Bishops, marking the close of the Year of the Eucharist, and a number of beatifications which the Holy Father will preside over, are scheduled for the coming months.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following yesterday's Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict XVI offered his prayers for victims in the battered U.S. Gulf Coast who had just suffered through a second major hurricane, Hurricane Rita, even as they still struggle to recover from the devastation of Katrina.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two faith-based advocacy groups are calling on the Senate to use its upcoming floor vote on Judge John Roberts' nomination to the Supreme Court to set “the right tone” for the next judicial nominee.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the first meeting of its kind, European and United States bishops gathered to discuss the world’s major problems and to consider how their partnership can help bring about peace and justice in the world.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A series of recent polls over the last two years indicates that a majority of United States residents identify themselves as pro-life, support restrictions on abortion and do not support abortion on demand. Half of U.S. residents said they believe abortion is morally wrong.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 11 local parents are taking the tiny Dover, Pennsylvania school district to federal court today, arguing that Intelligent Design should not be taught as a viable option to the theory of evolution in the area’s science classrooms.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Young Catholics displaced from their homes in New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina have found a sense of comfort and normalcy at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A well-known Chilean priest warned last week that presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet, the frontrunner in the country’s upcoming election, “does not share the Church’s values.”
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Cuzco, Peru, organized the First Children’s Congress on the Eucharist on September 25, bringing together more than 1,500 children who are preparing to receive First Communion in order to encourage them in their faith commitment.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass commemorating the diocese’s feast day, Bishop Luis Stöckler of Quilmes, Argentina, said participation in Sunday Mass is important because “without the Sunday celebration we would lose our identity.”
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than 20,000 people are expected to participate in a vigil on October 22, the eve of the canonization of Father Alberto Hurtado, at the saint-to-be’s shrine in Santiago. The Chilean priest will be canonized on October 23 by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter’s in Rome.
Sep 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict has met dissident liberal theologian Hans Kueng in the latest move by the new pontiff to repair ties with prominent critics of the Vatican.