Archive of October 11, 2005

New book of Pope Benedict's WYD speeches unveiled

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the Vatican press office earlier today, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, and Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, unveiled the new book: 'La Rivolzione di Dio', or 'The Revolution of God', in English. The book is a collection of Pope Benedict's 2005 World Youth Day speeches.

Eucharist as sign of unity: best way to unite Catholics is faithfulness to Church teaching, says Cardinal Sodano

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today in Rome, world prelates are continuing to meet for the 11th General Synod of Bishops. Among the more heated debates, the topic of intercommunion and norms for receiving the Eucharist continued to take center stage at this morning's sessions.

Cuban bishop praises, government announces crackdown on home-based churches

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just one day after Bishop Alfredo Victor Petit Vergel of San Cristobal de la Habana, Cuba, who is currently in Rome for the General Synod of Bishops, praised much-needed, home-based churches which meet in his country for Mass and worship, Cubans are now expecting a government crackdown on religious meetings in private homes. The wide-sweeping regulations could curtail Catholic and Evangelical worship services indefinitely.

Faith and action: Eucharist should encourage faithful to build just culture, say bishops

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As questions of dropping numbers of church-goers, waning interest in confession, and lack of quality catechesis continue to be debated among prelates at the 11th General Synod of Bishops in Rome this week, one Cardinal, Ivan Dias, of Bombay, recalled how God has always raised up spiritual giants--like the late Archbishop Fulton Sheen and St. John Mary Vianney, in their own times--to build up and inspire the Church.

Cardinal Herranz: Faithful deserve access to confession, Blessed Sacrament, reverent liturgy

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the 11th General Synod of Bishops yesterday afternoon at the Vatican, Cardinal Julian Herranz, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts said that while there are certain personal requirements to receiving the Eucharist, the faithful deserve access to the proper means--i.e., confession, prayer before the Blessed Sacrament--to properly dispose themselves.

US-born priest honored in Jamaica, tells Jamaicans to turn in criminals

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A native New York City priest, who has lived in Jamaica since his first assignment to the Caribbean country in 1976, has been a staunch social reformer and has been honored with the title “Servitor Pacis” (Servant of Peace) by the Path to Peace Foundation.

Sydney’s Catholic universities talk Catholic identity

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Current issues facing Catholic higher education, including notions of Catholic identity, was the theme of the Catholicity Forum at the Australian Catholic University yesterday, reported Cath net Australia.

Catholic Relief Services commits to aid for Pakistan after earthquake

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Relief Services has announced that it has already committed an initial $50,000 for the immediate needs of the survivors of Saturday’s 7.6-magnitude earthquake in South Asia. This amount is expected to increase significantly as additional assessments take place.

Scottish cardinal criticizes legislators intent to enact ‘immoral laws’

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Keith O’Brien denounced Scottish legislators “intent on enacting unjust and immoral laws,” the Scotsman reported.

Bishop calls for international intervention to stop illegal immigration

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Antonio Dorado of Malaga, Spain, called for intervention by the United Nations or the European Union this week in order to find a “solution in accord” with human dignity to the crisis of illegal immigration that is affecting the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the Spanish territories in northern Africa.

Cardinal calls on Colombian politicians to have “ecclesial coherence”

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the Supreme Court of Colombia readies to issue a ruling on the legalization of abortion, the Prefect of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, a native of Colombia, has called on the country’s legislators to be coherent in their political decisions.

Mexican cardinal says Pope and country’s bishops will continue to speak out

Oct 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said this week the Pope and the Mexican bishops would continue to address the issues facing that country from the perspective of the Gospel.

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