Archive of October 12, 2005

Biblical religion is not abstract, says Pope, 'Communion with God must be followed by communion with others'

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his general audience this afternoon at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly catechesis on the Psalms saying that the holy city of Jerusalem symbolized for ancient Israel, the ideas of security, stability, and God's presence among the people. For Christians today, he said, the Holy City of the Church is supported fully on the foundation of our Redeemer--Jesus Christ.

Church's hope lies in young people, say Synod participants

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As bishops and delegates from ecclesial communities around the world continue to meet in Rome for the 11th General Synod of Bishops, one of this morning's major focuses was the role and attention which should be paid to the Church's young people, a group which the late John Paul II called, the future of the Church.

Bishops Synod addresses liturgical norms, Eucharistic unity and reverence

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishops from around the world, currently meeting in Rome for the Synod of Bishops continued their discussion yesterday and today on the role of the Eucharist in the modern world. As has been one of the major themes thus far, the prelates discussed how Eucharistic reverence can be more of a visible sign to the world and also looked at means for ecumenical dialogue with separated Christian siblings.

Life-giving practice of priestly celibacy must be preserved, says Cardinal Pell

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to 239 Bishops of the General Synod meeting this morning at the Vatican, Cardinal George Pell, Archbishop of Sydney criticized recommendations to remove the discipline of mandatory celibacy for priests, saying that blaming the Church's current troubles on the practice would be a "serious error."

Scientists make strides toward stem-cell cures--without killing embryos

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A report in yesterday’s New York Times chronicled a team of scientists who are making strides to find medical cures through the use of embryonic stem cells. The hook? No human embryos necessary.

Catholic Charities provides $9.4M to hurricane recovery efforts, makes long-term commitment

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has distributed more than $9.4 million to 50 local Catholic Charities and other Catholic organizations to date, in response to the needs of families affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Bankruptcy plan for Spokane includes sale of diocesan office, bishop’s residence

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Spokane intends to sell its headquarters and the home of Bishop William Skylstad to settle sexual-abuse claims, according to a plan filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday.

EWTN launches MP3 podcasting

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- EWTN Global Catholic Network, the largest religious media house in the world, has launched free MP3 podcasts of selected programs on its Web site.

Protect mother and baby, say Costa Rican bishops

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Costa Rica issued a strong statement this week demanding authorities protect women who are victims of rape and to care for the children who are conceived in such circumstances with the same intensity.

Spanish bishops: nothing justifies killing illegal immigrants

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Spain has reacted to the deaths of several Africans who attempted to illegally cross the border into the city of Ceuta, located on the northern tip of Africa in the Spanish-controlled territory, saying, "Nothing can justify killing those who seek to cross a border."

Dissident leader says Cubans alone can build a more just and free Cuba

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Christian Liberation Movement (CLM), lead by Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, issued a statement this week calling on all Cubans to "participate in the national dialogue" because "change and the path towards the future can only be undertaken by us Cubans" without exclusions.

Colombia in need of intense prayer, Bishops say

Oct 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, is inviting Catholics in that country to pray that human life be protected in the face of social unrest and the possible legalization of abortion.

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