Archive of January 25, 2006

Pope Benedict XVI's first Encyclycal "Deus Caritas Est¨ published today

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican published Pope Benedict XVI's first encyclical, "Deus Caritas Est." Read here full text of the Encyclical

Canada readying for next Eucharistic Congress

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Quebec, which will host the 49th International Eucharistic Congress, has launched an official website in five languages as part of its preparations for the event.  According to the Fides news agency, the website ( will provide all of the information about the Congress.

Argentine prelate says bishops can’t “do everything” in the Church

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joaquin Piña of Puerto Iguazu, Argentina said this week it’s not up to the bishops to say and do everything in the Church, because priests and the laity also must fulfill their roles.

Archbishop of Costa Rica calls for greater voting protection for the blind

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Ureña of San Jose, Costa Rica, has asked the country’s Supreme Court to issue a ruling in favor of the Foundation for the Progress of Blind Persons, in order to protect the secrecy of votes cast by the visually impaired at election time.

Bishops’ Conference headquarters in Colombia site of negotiations between government and Marxist rebels

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The headquarters of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has become the theater for negotiations between government leaders and the spokesman for the National Liberation Army (NLA), the second largest rebel group in the country.

US bishops name 16 new members to National Advisory Council

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sixteen new members have been added to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' National Advisory Council. The 63-member council meets semi-annually to review documentation and offer recommendations concerning matters before the bishops.

Alito off to full Senate, groups urge swift vote

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved the nomination of Samuel Alito Jr. to the U.S. Supreme Court. The 10-to-8 party-line vote sent Alito's nomination to the full Senate, where he could be confirmed possibly this week.

Church has ‘duty’ to teach during upcoming elections in Italy, says cardinal

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini said the Catholic Church would not take the side of any particular party during Italy’s upcoming elections but it would express its views on such hot-button debates as marriage and other life issues.

Students launch Catholic Think Tank series at Notre Dame

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Think Tank of America Lecture Series, a student initiative at the University of Notre Dame, was launched yesterday with Honorable William Pryor, Jr., a U.S. Circuit Judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

New Papal Encyclical puts theological flesh to Church’s charitable work, hits at nucleus of Christian faith, say prelates

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict’s long-awaited first Encyclical, entitled ‘Deus Caritas Est” was officially presented at a press conference in which a group of prelates reflected on the potentially monumental effects the document could have on the cultural and social order.

To bring about peace, end to violence, faithful must take the side of God, love, justice, says Pope

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly general audience earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI told a crowd of 8,000 that the image of a future world devoid of evil and described in the scriptures is possible if faithful take the side of God, building a culture of love and justice.

Archbishop Chaput: Christian case for marriage is one of liberation and human dignity

Jan 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the case for traditional marriage between a husband and wife continues to come under fire by some same-sex proponents, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput stepped into the public debate--and encouraged Catholics to do the same--saying that the argument is one of liberation and human dignity.

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