Archive of October 25, 2005

Pope forms Apostolic Exhortation, Synod Propositions call for greater emphasis on confession, reaffirm priestly celibacy

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Holy See released exerts from the 50 Propositions of the General Synod of Bishops which concluded Sunday. Pope Benedict will use these suggestions, which focus on the Eucharist, confession, and the role of the Church in the world, to form his Apostolic Exhortation on the event.

Russian-Vatican relations greatly improved, says Cardinal Kasper

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Relations between the Russian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches have greatly improved in the last 40 years since Nostra Aetate, Cardinal Walter Kasper told a press conference Monday.

Novelist Anne Rice pledges to ‘write only for the Lord’

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fiction writer Anne Rice, renowned for her tales of vampires and witches, has decided to dedicate her creative talent from now on to writing fictional books “only for God.”

Catholic Charities in Boston places foster children with same-sex couples

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities in Boston has allowed 13 out of 720 foster children to be adopted by same-sex couples in the past two decades, saying state regulations prohibit the agency from discriminating against same-sex couples.

Archbishop O’Malley picks church critic to lead school campaign

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O'Malley is seeking to revive the struggling Catholic school system in Boston and has chosen one of the archdiocese’s most prominent critics to do it.

New study shows abortion could increase child abuse risk

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A study, published recently in the Acta Paediatrica journal suggests that women who have had an abortion could be up to two and a half times more likely to be child-abusers than their counterparts.

National college ministry triples winter conference schedule

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- When Curtis Martin, along with his good friend Scott Hahn, founded the FOCUS ministry in 1997 at Kansas’ tiny Benedictine College, they had big plans--to reach university students across the nation with the message of the Gospel.

Polish Primate refutes idea of eventual John Paul II beatification in June 2006

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Warsaw and Primate of the Church of Poland, Cardinal Josef Glemp, refuted the idea that the beatification of Pope John Paul II could take place in June 2006 during the eventual visit of Benedict XVI to the native country of the Servant of God.

International youth conference to be held in Mexico City

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The World Youth Alliance-Latin America will be organizing the International Congress of the Latin American Youth Alliance on October 29 in Mexico City on the theme, “Uniting Young Ideas.”

Church does not endorse “any political party,” says Nuncio in Venezuela

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Venezuela, Archbishop Giacinto Berlocco, said this week the Church does not endorse political parties and that the statements by Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara “reflect a personal opinion to which he has a right just as any other citizen of this country.”

Mexican cardinal calls on Catholics to be aware of candidates’ positions

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, said this week he was pleased that the media in the country is generating debate on euthanasia and its true significance and that people are being made aware of the political positions being taken on the issue.

Cardinal Errazuriz rejects government condom campaign

Oct 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, expressed his rejection this week of a government-sponsored campaign to promote the widespread use of condoms, saying the Church will always speak out against immorality.

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