Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, the Holy See reported, Pope Benedict made a surprise, personal pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of the 'Mother of Grace' at Mentorella, near Rome. This was the same site visited by John Paul II on his first pilgrimage outside the Vatican 27 years ago.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Bart Winters hopes that beauty will help inspire the parishioners at his Chicago parish to greater holiness.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops have announced a new document, set to be voted on later this month, which explores the role of Catholic lay ministers in the Church.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the prayer of the Angelus today, Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Benedict XVI said this feast and the tradition to visit the graves of our deceased is an opportunity to “think without fear about the mystery of death and to develop this constant vigilance in order to face it with serenity.”
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Several parishes in the Austrian cities of Vienna and Linz organized special activities on the vigil of All Saints’ Day to emphasize holiness and provide alternatives to the celebration of Halloween.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of a Pontifical Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Russia, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, said the Eucharist is the eternal Bread of Life that satisfies the hunger and thirst of the Christian pilgrim and that should be shared with others.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Casaretto of San Isidro, Argentina, said this week that authentic change in society is not possible without a properly formed conscience and the knowledge that every action has repercussions.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Association of Victims of Abortion (AVA) in Spain has issued a response to a study by criminal law professor Patricia Laurenzo Copello, which argues that abortion needs to be legalized in that country.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Parishioners in the Diocese of Manchester, New Hampshire, are considering what to do with their priest shortage, given their growing church population in the southern part of the state and shifting demographics.
Nov 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Christian groups are applauding President George W. Bush’s nomination of Judge Samuel A. Alito, Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court.