Archive of November 21, 2005

Pope warns against science that seeks autonomy from moral norms, individual human dignity

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, Pope Benedict met with members of a Vatican conference on health care ministry, to whom, he urged; scientific advances ought to serve the "integral good of the person, in constant respect for his or her dignity."

Christ the King: center of humanity, civilization, says Pope

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Christ’s role King of creation was the major theme of a brief address Pope Benedict gave to throngs of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday, to pray the weekly Angelus. Yesterday was the liturgical Solemnity of Christ the King--the final Sunday in the liturgical year before the beginning of Advent.

San Antonio archbishop says many Catholic politicians misunderstand their faith

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the I International Congress on Churches, the Lay State and Society, Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio, Texas said most Catholic politicians in the United States have fallen into "a distorted understanding of what their faith is."

Newly announced Mexican martyrs faced death to defend Christian faith, says Pope

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thirteen Mexican martyrs were beatified Sunday in Guadalajara, Mexico--the latest in a recent string of Saints-to-be, pronounced by the Holy Father since his inauguration last spring.

New pastoral norms for famous Assisi Basilicas

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict has established new juridical norms for the famous Basilica of St. Francis, as well as the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels, both located in Assisi, Italy and run respectively by the Franciscan Order of Friars Minor Conventual and Friars Minor.

Like John Paul II, reach out to science, culture with message of salvation, Pope challenges Church academia

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict visited the Vatican offices of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences, where he told leaders that "human beings are part of nature and, yet, as free subjects who have moral and spiritual values… transcend nature."

Interfaith community to pray for renewal of New Orleans

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Alfred Hughes of New Orleans will lead an interfaith service in praying for the renewal of the New Orleans community and for those who died when Hurricane Katrina struck in August.

New child protection policy give Church in Ireland hope, says bishop

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The adoption and implementation of a new child protection policy by the Church in Ireland is a sign of hope for the future, said Bishop Seamus Hegarty of Derry.

Nuncio in Spain warns freedom and power are weakened by exclusion of God

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Spain, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, said last week freedom and power are weakened when God is excluded from society, adding that the "Eucharist is the nourishment that gives Christians the strength to be truly free."

Former UN Population Fund official says organization makes pro-abortion policies a condition for economic aid

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A former official of the United Nations Population Fund (UNPF) says the international organization requires that NGOs include the concepts of reproductive and sexual health and gender ideology in its development projects as a condition for receiving economic aid.

Chilean bishop exhorts parents to request religion classes in school

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Parents should demand religion classes at public schools because children have a right to them, said Chilean Bishop Hector Vargas of Arica, adding that the Ministry of Education should subsidize the textbooks needed for such courses and include religion grades on report cards.

Catholic communications directory released

Nov 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A must-have for journalists and other communicators, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has just released the 2006 Directory of Catholic Communications Personnel.

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