Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the 11th General Synod of bishops continued their fourth day of meetings yesterday in Rome, the idea of the Eucharist, as an antidote to what John Paul II coined as the "culture of death", figured prominently in the remarks of many prelates.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 243 bishops assembled this morning for the 6th meeting of the 11th General Synod of Bishops being held this week at the Vatican. Pope Benedict was on hand as the morning discussions largely addressed questions of proper respect for the sacredness of the Eucharist, specifically in liturgy and reception, and the broader implications thereof.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Some prelates expressed grave concern over a lack of priests in their various parts of the world, resulting in a separation from the Eucharist.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, head of the group Human Life International offered some of the harshest criticism yet today, in the confused firestorm around Harriet Miers, President Bush’s recent pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops, Catholic Charities USA, and the Catholic Health Association are urging senators to quickly pass crucial legislation that would provide temporary health care coverage for Hurricane Katrina survivors through the Medicaid program.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Combating terrorism remains a government priority, but respect for human dignity should not be undermined in the process, says the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ International Policy Committee.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of Texas are urging all Texans to vote Nov. 8 in favor of an amendment to the state constitution that will prohibit the legalization of same-sex unions in Texas. Proposition 2 will amend the state’s constitution recognizing marriage only as a union between one man and one woman.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Seoul announced Wednesday that it will donate 10 billion won (about US$9.6 million) to a committee that will support adult stem-cell research.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hollywood star Mickey Rourke insists his strong commitment to Roman Catholicism has saved him from slipping back into his formerly chaotic lifestyle. He made these comments to British gossip magazine Female First.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, warned this week of an increasingly widespread abortion mentality in the country that “later translates into laws.”
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the inauguration of the National Conference of Social Ministry in Mexico, Archbishop Sergio Obeso of Xalapa called on Mexicans to unite in building a different Mexico in which inequality does not exist.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In preparations to mark the “Defense of Life Week” in Brazil, the National Association of Pro-life Women (NAPW) has issued a “Manifesto in Defense of Life,” which outlines the group’s concern and regret over the anti-life policies of the country’s government.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Legislative Assembly in Panama has agreed to consider a proposal that would not only penalize discrimination on the basis of homosexuality, but would also establish a series of concepts that would allow individuals to legally define themselves as homosexuals.
Oct 6, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops of England and Wales, together with the Bishops of Scotland, have recently issued a teaching document The Gift of Scripture. The document is to help people ‘hear, understand and live God’s word’.