Archive of November 24, 2005

Education, cultural dialogue, support for rural farmers needed to combat poverty, hunger, says Pope

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict told a group of representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), currently holding their 33rd conference, that dialogue and respect between cultures must be part of the international effort to curb hunger and poverty.

Vatican Christmas concert will highlight Church universality, honor east Asian missions

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that its annual Christmas concert, scheduled for December 3rd, will be dedicated this year to the support of Catholic missions in east Asia.

Document re homosexuals in priesthood warranted, prudent, says Catholic League

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican document indicating that homosexuals cannot be admitted to the seminary and to holy orders is warranted and prudent, said Catholic League president Bill Donohue. The document was leaked to the press Tuesday but its official release is expected Nov. 29.

Pope puts friars of Assisi under direct Vatican authority

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a move that some reports have called “shocking”, Pope Benedict XVI has put the friars of the shrine of St. Francis of Assisi under the direct authority of Church officials, stripping them of the autonomy granted to them in 1969.

Bishop seeks help to build orphanage in Pakistan after devastating quake

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic leaders in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir are gathering their resources to build an orphanage after the devastating earthquake Oct. 8 left more than 73,000 people dead.

Anniversary of murders is opportunity to call for peace

Nov 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The 25th anniversary of “the martyrdoms” of four U.S. missionaries in El Salvador offers an opportunity for rededication to the cause of peace and justice in the Americas, said the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ International Policy Committee today.

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