Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The scandal of the cross, and its paradoxical offering of salvation was the key message of Pope Benedict’s General Audience, held today at St. Peter’s Square in the presence of some 50,000 listeners.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict addressed a group of children from the "Citta di Speranza" (City of Hope) hospital in Padua, Italy, telling them encouragingly, that, Christ’s cross “helps us to understand the true meaning of suffering and pain.”
U.S. Bishops call on Congress to ‘put aside differences’, rebuild Gulf Coast, but not at cost of poorOct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called on members of Congress--from both sides of the aisle--to put aside their differences and unite to help rebuild the U.S. Gulf Coast, ravaged by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. They also challenged lawmakers to do it without cutting vital services to the poor.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, Rosa Parks, the 92-year old symbol of the civil rights movement who refused to turn over her bus seat to a white man in the winter of 1955, thus sparking what would become one of the most profound human rights crusades in history, died quietly at her home in Detroit.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While the ominous subject of priest shortages in many parts of the world took center stage at the recent Synod of Catholic Bishops in Rome, the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska is reporting that their numbers for men committing to a life of priestly service and celibacy, are thriving.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Livermore City Council approved establishment of the East Bay's first new Catholic high school in more than 40 years, reported Contra Costa Times.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Civil rights pioneer activist Rosa Parks was “an instrument of God,” said Cardinal Adam Maida of Detroit Monday upon hearing of the death Rosa Parks.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Rabbi David Rosen, the American Jewish Committee’s international director of interreligious affairs, will be the Jewish speaker at the official Vatican celebration of the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate Oct. 27.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new book demonstrates that the vast majority of priests are happy in their vocation and find their lives fulfilling. The Joy of Priesthood (Ave Maria Press, $15.95) is by author and licensed psychologist Fr. Stephen J. Rossetti.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With the appointment of Father Juan Carlos Romanin, SDB, as the new bishop of Rio Gallegos, Argentina, Pope Benedict XVI has now named two Argentine bishops during his pontificate. The new bishop-elect will head up one of the most extensive and sparsely populated dioceses of the South American country.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, will beatify eight martyrs of the Spanish Civil War on October 29 at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Police in Tijuana, Mexico, announced this week that a 51 year-old priest has been killed in the border town in an apparent act of organized crime.
Oct 26, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, is in Moscow this week for meetings with both government officials and Church leaders.