Archive of October 5, 2005

Bishops call for increased respect for sacredness of Eucharist: reception in the mouth, focus on preparing with confession

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As bishops today, met for the Forth General Congregation of the 11th Synod of Bishops, the issue of the sacredness of the Eucharist and how the faithful can better recognize it, took center stage for a time. Among the proposals were universal reception in the mouth and a greater focus on confession to help prepare faithful to receive. 

Elderly should be valued, protected, Vatican tells UN

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Government, society and families should value the elderly, create opportunities for them to contribute to society and establish programs that will provide them with proper health care and social services, said the Vatican’s permanent observer to the United Nations.

Series of conferences by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn titled “Creation and Evolution”

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Vienna Archbishop Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn made new comments on the on-going debate on evolution vs. intelligent design, saying both were complementary:

Colorado bishops support state tax referendum, say: government must protect the weak

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Colorado’s three Catholic bishops have released a joint statement in support of state Referendums, C&D. The measures would return nearly 5 years worth of surplus revenue to the state government rather than to taxpayers--an act which, they say, would have profound effects for Colorado’s poorest residents.

Contest seeking first-time religious screenwriters

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- First-time screenwriters with a religious message will have a chance to get their scripts noticed by top Hollywood executives in the First John Templeton Foundation Kairos Prize for Spiritually Uplifting Screenplays.

Canadian bishops’ committee calls for ban of convicted priests from ministry

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A special task force of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on all bishops to commit themselves individually and publicly to a strict method of dealing with the problem of clergy sex abuse.

Young people organize concert in Denver to aid victims of Katrina

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to reach out to those affected by the devastating storms the south in the last several weeks, young Hispanics from various parishes in Denver organized a benefit concert for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Vatican official says resolution to issue of religious freedom in Turkey urgent

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the Italian daily La Repubblica, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said a resolution addressing the lack of religious freedom and the discrimination against Christians in Turkey is urgent before a decision can be made about accepting that country into the European Union.

Pope says liturgy is place where God and man meet, encourages rejection of modern forms of idolatry

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As Pope Benedict continued his weekly catechesis on the Psalms earlier today, he told a crowd of nearly 50,000 that, it is in the liturgy, where the faithful take part in the divine Word of God, that and man and his creator "meet in an embrace of salvation." He also strongly denounced modern forms of idolatry, namely, the hunger for power and wealth.

Vatican, Czech agreement moves closer to ratification, seeks to reform religious freedom laws, solve questions of siezed Catholic property

Oct 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that Cyril Svoboda, foreign minister of the Czech Republic, visited with Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Holy See's secretary for Relations with States earlier today. In the brief meeting, the two expressed hope that an agreement regulating mutual relations between the Czech Republic and the Holy See, which has not yet been ratified, might soon come to fruition.

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