Archive of September 30, 2005

Pope Benedict visits children's hospital, says, along with medical cures, love of Christ should be administered

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a visit this morning to Rome's "Bambino Gesu" pediatric hospital, near the Vatican, Pope Benedict praised hospital workers and asked that the "Church herself may be the heart of the hospital", and that it would draw strength from Jesus, present in the Eucharist--the "gentle Doctor of body and soul."

October prayer intentions, Pope seeks strength for Christians in hostile society, building up of world missionaries

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, the Vatican announced Pope Benedict's prayer intentions for the upcoming month of October. In them, the Holy Father focuses his attention on asking God to strengthen Christians in the face of an increasingly hostile secular society.

Catholic groups congratulate Roberts on confirmation

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The confirmation of John Roberts as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court "is an encouraging sign that this time, at least, pro-abortion groups did not have the ability to hijack the judicial nomination process in Washington,” said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, who attended Roberts' swearing-in ceremony at the White House.

Historic New Orleans Cathedral to reopen, first Mass to be said in French Quarter this weekend

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Alfred Hughes of the hurricane-ravaged Archdiocese of New Orleans has announced that he will celebrate the first Mass in the city’s historic French Quarter since Hurricane Katrina as the St. Louis Cathedral reopens this weekend.

Anglican group seeks reunion with Rome

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Anglican Church in America has decided to seek union with the Roman Catholic Church. If unification were successful, this would be the first post-Reformation church to reunite with Rome, reports journalist Ken Tatro from “keep me current” in Oregon.

Vatican hands Adelaide key religious coup

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mental health and human dignity will be the focus of the next international gathering for the World Day of the Sick, Feb. 9-11, held in Adelaide, Australia.

USCCB launches documentary film project on ‘Da Vinci Code’

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has decided to reply to “The Da Vinci Code” through a documentary film to be aired on NBC in April.

Helmut Kohl: “EU’s refusal to acknowledge God is unacceptable”

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said this week the Christian roots of Europe “must not be forgotten.”  “It is unacceptable that the European Constitution, as opposed to the constitutions of the different German states and of Germany’s federal constitution, includes no reference to God.”

Filipino archbishop says fight against corruption still a priority for the country

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines, said this week, that the regaining of moral values and the fight against corruption continue to be a priority for the good of the country. He warned against a possible resurgence of the “jueteng,” or illegal gambling that has become rampant in some parts of Philippines.

Archbishop of Guadalajara to be co-president of Synod of Bishops

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico announced this week Pope Benedict XVI has designated the Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, to be co-president of the Synod of Bishops, set to begin this weekend in Rome.

Catholic groups in Lima and Bolivia reach out to WYD attendees

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Diverse Catholic associations in Lima and Bolivia have organized youth gatherings to follow up on the historic meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany.

Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff Makes Clear On-the-Record that the Term “Reproductive Health” Does NOT Include Abortion

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, in an official briefing before the House International Relations Committee, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff Mark Malloch Brown clarified that the term “reproductive health” does not include abortion. 

Governor Schwarzenegger Preserves Marriage For Now

Sep 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday Governor Schwarzenegger vetoed AB 849, a bill proposed by Assemblyman Leno, (D-San Francisco), a measure that would have legalized same-sex marriage in California.

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