Archive of December 1, 2005

Macy's agrees to ‘Merry Christmas’, national Sears boycott announced

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Macy's Department Stores has agreed to return the phase "Merry Christmas" to store signage and advertising. The Committee to Save Merry Christmas announced and lauded the retailer’s decision today.

New documentary features lives of the twelve Apostles

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new one-hour documentary investigates the lives and legends of the Apostles, how they were transformed after the resurrection of Christ, how they traveled the world to tell Christ's story, and how all but John were martyred.

Liberal government ousted, Canada heads to polls

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A bill that would legalize assisted suicide in Canada died on the order table Monday when Canada’s Liberal minority government was toppled with a historic vote of non-confidence.

Pope meets with new ambassadors, urges end to violence among nations

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict met with eleven new members of the Vatican diplomatic corps and called on their respective countries to help curb violence in all corners of the world. Each left with a particular message for their home countries from the Holy Father.

Human dignity is universal, inalienable, says Pope, must particularly be promoted by civil leaders

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict met with members of the International Theological Commission, with whom he stressed the need to uphold the dignity of the human person--firmly written into natural law.

Vatican message for World Day against AIDS stresses 'pansexual culture that devalues sexuality'

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican released today a message written by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, President of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, on the occasion of the World Day Against AIDS.

Reported miracle in France may pave the way for beatification of John Paul II

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Several news agencies are reporting that the miracle required by Canon Law for the beatification of Pope John Paul II may have occurred in France.

Argentine bishop reiterates human sexuality’s link to love

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “We value human sexuality as something very important, but we see it from the perspective of man.  WE believe sexuality is linked to love,” said Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina, explaining the Catholic position on a plan to establish sex-ed in schools across the country.

Catholic Bishops continue to call for end of Death penalty, in reaction to grace granted for 1000th Death penalty by Virginia Governor

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Echoing the call earlier this week from Baltimore Archbishop Keeler, Most Reverend Stephen Blaire, Bishop of Stockton and President of the California Catholic Conference, released the following statement yesterday expressing strong support for an end to the death penalty in California and affirming the recent statement by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death. With California having scheduled three inmate executions over the next three months.

Human dignity, personal encounter with God, are themes of Pope’s December prayer intentions

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican announced Pope Benedict's prayer and mission intentions for the month of December. Both find their roots in the Pope’s teaching on the God-given dignity of the human person.

The Pope appoints Rev. George J. Rassas of the Archdiocese of Chicago to Auxiliary Bishop of the same diocese

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Rev. George J. Rassas, a priest from the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1968, was appointed to auxiliary Bishop of his diocese.

Theology only has true meaning in communion with the Church, says Pope

Dec 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting today with members of the International Theological Commission, Pope Benedict stressed the need for theologians to perform their work in union with, and under the authority of the Church Magesterium and sacred tradition.

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