Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, before leading the weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict visited the relics of the newly blessed Servant of God, Cardinal Clemens August von Galen, the late bishop of Münster, Germany who, the Pope said, was given the gift, through faith, to see clearly when much of the German intelligentsia went blind to the horrors of the Nazi regime.
Bishops urge concrete action to increase respect, understanding of Eucharist: seminary formation, penance, reverent postureOct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As over 200 bishops continue to meet in Rome for the 11th General Synod of Bishops, heavy emphasis has been placed, in recent days, on specific ways that the faithful might better respect and come to a fuller appreciation for the Eucharist and its meaning for the worldwide Church.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The issue of intercommunion has been one of ongoing discussion throughout the course thus far of the General Synod of Bishops, being held currently at the Vatican. While some have suggested that those outside the Catholic Church be permitted to receive the Eucharist in certain situations, others have held closer to the Church's long held teaching that allowing non-Catholics to receive would suggest a unity which is not yet present.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P, Bishop of Angers (France), warned this Monday during the Synod of Bishops, that secularism has affected catholic minds, reducing therefore the understanding of the eucharistic mystery.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As she moves closer to yet unscheduled Senate hearings, Christian and pro-life groups are suspiciously eyeing Harriet Miers--George Bush’s pick to replace Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor--and wondering if her pro-life views will favorably fill the swing-vote seat currently occupied by O’Connor.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last month, the Diocese of Colorado Springs, CO officially re-launched its diocesan newspaper, the Colorado Catholic Herald--a tool that they hope will provide more opportunity for sharing the gospel with the state’s population.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A recent film by a Walt Disney Company producer about partial-birth abortion has been receiving positive reviews. Jonathan Flora wrote and directed "A Distant Thunder" as an independent project outside of Disney.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A special concert was held in Poland’s capital city yesterday to commemorate Papal Day. This year’s celebration in Warsaw’s Castle Square was particularly poignant due to Pope John Paul’s passing death earlier this year, reported TVP.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Justin Rigali issued a pastoral letter last week in which he repeatedly and apologetically acknowledges that officials at the archdiocese had mishandled cases of clergy sex abuse, reported the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a historic move that marks a new era in Catholic-Jewish relations, Israeli President Moshe Katsav will visit the Vatican Nov. 17.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Permanent Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile is demanding local authorities respect the freedom of all and not reduce the fight against AIDS to the distribution of condoms.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to Aid to the Church in Need’s headquarters in Germany, Bishop Domingo Barbosa da Silveira of Minas, Uruguay, said "the predominant secularization" in his country is the greatest obstacle to the Church’s mission of evangelization.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life experts are warning of an October 11 gathering in Badajoz, Spain, organized by the Latin American Organization of Youth (LAOY) to formalize the Latin American Convention on the Rights of Young People, which they point out could become a legal vehicle for pushing the anti-life agenda in the region.
Oct 10, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview on the Sunday BBC radio talk, Cardiff Bishop Peter Smith discussed the subject of euthanasia, and reiterated the position of the Church on the matter.