Archive of January 9, 2006

Taiwan president requests papal intervention against Chinese aggression

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of Taiwan, Chen Shui-Bian, has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI requesting his help to halt “the threat of war which our country is suffering” at the hands of Communist China.

Peruvian cardinal calls on presidential candidates to embrace pro-life policies

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, is calling on that country’s presidential candidates to incorporate the Church’s social teachings into their policy proposals, saying its application would bring “much good to society and would make people more aware” of the different problems facing Peru

Widespread praise in Spain for nun celebrating 75 years of religious life

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass offered by Bishop Jose Vilaplana of Santander, Spain, Sister Esperanza Zorroza Landia, 94, celebrated her 75 years as a professed religious with a moving renewal of vows.  The ceremony was witnessed by numerous fellow Cistercians, diocesan priests and family members of Sister Esperanza.

Springfield diocese launches process to shut down parishes

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Springfield has launched a process to help determine which churches should close given demographic shifts and the shortage of priests. But, according to the Boston Globe, diocesan officials have learned from the nightmare that occurred in the Archbishop of Boston in 2004 and appear determined to avoid the same situation.

Assets ruling creates ‘new class of victims’, says lawyer

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A decision by federal bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris against the Archdiocese of Portland “will lead to a new class of victims and cause more suffering among the children and the needy of Oregon,” said lawyer Robert Le Chevallier in a column in last week’s Oregonian.

Vancouver priest named bishop in Yukon

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the third time in four years a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver has been named a bishop, reported journalist Jeff Graham. Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Gary Gordon as the new bishop of Whitehorse Jan. 5.

Two more stations drop offensive program

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two more NBC affiliates have decided not to air a new network drama called "The Book of Daniel," which features an Episcopal priest with a gay son, the network announced Friday, the day of the series debut.

Irish Church celebrates contribution of immigrants

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Immigrants make a vital contribution to Ireland’s economy and culture, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said Thursday as he celebrated a vigil mass to mark the country’s growing multiculturalism.

Pope to international Protestant group: no ecumenical dialogue possible without interior conversion

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict met with a delegation from the World Alliance of Reformed Churches, with whom he stressed the importance of ecumenical dialogue, but warned against the possibility of true dialogue without interior conversion.

Baptism means saying ‘yes’ to Christ’s life, ‘no’ to culture dominated by death, says Pope

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI personally baptized ten newborn infants--a first for his pontificate and a continuation of a custom begun by the late John Paul II.

Pope says Baptism should renew holiness in thought and action

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly Angelus reflection, given Sunday on the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged a crowd of thousands let their own baptisms renew them in the image of the new man--Jesus.

Commitment to truth, human dignity, is at heart of peace Pope tells world diplomats

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict encouraged world diplomats and the nations they represent to recognize truth, forgiveness and authentic human dignity as the only means to bring about lasting world peace.

Holy See defers to courts on possible release of would-be Papal assassin

Jan 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls announced yesterday that the Holy See would accept the decision of the courts regarding the possible prison release of Ali Agca--would-be assassin of the late John Paul II.

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