Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Members of the Roman Curie and hundreds of faithful of the Roman Diocese were present as well in the emotive event in which songs, solemn canticles, biblical reflections and extended moments of silence alternated.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking in the first television interview of his pontificate, Pope Benedict XVI praised his successor, John Paul II, saying that the Polish-born pontiff broke new ground for the Church in the world, and for the office of the Pope itself.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On the day that would have been his 27th anniversary of being elected Pope, Benedict XVI honored the memory of his successor, John Paul II during yesterday’s Angelus prayer, recalling his influence to both Christians and non-Christians.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Touching on key catechetical points like the true nature of the Eucharist and the need for frequent confession, Pope Benedict showed his fatherly side as he spoke to children Saturday about always keeping Jesus as the center of their lives.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After praying the weekly Angelus prayer yesterday, at which he recalled the memory and papal anniversary of his successor John Paul II, Pope Benedict challenged the world to fight with greater energy and solidarity against the scourge of poverty “so that no one”, he said, “is excluded from society.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, prelates in Rome for the Synod of Bishops continued to meet in working groups arranged by spoken language. Primary among their concerns was the shortage of priests in many regions, a problem which some said, is not the result of celibacy, but of a cultural failure to make lifelong commitments--both to the priesthood and to marriage.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As 233 Synod Bishops, currently gathered in Rome, continued to meet in smaller working groups Friday, issues of liturgy and Eucharistic awareness dominated discussions.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA is strongly urging members of Congress not to cut crucial social service and anti-poverty programs in order to finance hurricane recovery.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Despite some positive advancement in the condition of women, they remain vulnerable to poverty and violence, and much still needs to be done to reverse the feminization of poverty around the world, Archbishop Celestino Migliore told a United Nations committee Oct. 13.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Broadcasters should be accountable to the public and allow local and religious programming in exchange for their free use of “tens of billions of dollars worth” of publicly owned airwaves, said the U.S. bishops in an Oct. 14 letter to a Congress committee.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a remarkable gesture toward cooperation and improved relations, the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries invited Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, D.C., for a visit in the Chinese capital.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the Muslim holy period of Ramada came to close, the President of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Archbishop Michael Fitzgerald reaffirmed the Church’s desire to enter into deeper dialogue with Muslims and he said he hoped that together with Christians they could live “in sincere brotherhood.”
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Participants in the Congress on Laity 2005-2010, which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, announced their commitment to launch a new cultural impulse in the country, based on mutual respect and the common good.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican daily La Jornada reported this week that the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico will soon launch a news agency that will publish the statements by all the country’s bishops in order to prevent them from being manipulated by the mainstream media.
Oct 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Fides news agency is reporting that the President of the Philippines, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, has announced to the UN General Assembly that her government will use the money it receives from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to promote natural family planning methods.