Archive of August 16, 2006

Spanish bishop says conversion of terrorists would increase hopes for peace

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the feast of the Assumption of Mary, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez of Bilbao, said Spain’s hope for lasting peace “would certainly be strengthened if the terrorists (of ETA) recognized the harm they have caused to people, families and the nation.”

Church does not defend nor authorize death penalty, says Peruvian cardinal

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, said this week “the Church does not defend nor authorize the death penalty,” which Peruvian president Alan Garcia has proposed as a way to punish those who rape and murder minors.

Archdiocese calls for eradication of violence in southern Mexico

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Antequera-Oaxaca in Mexico has issued a statement calling for an end to the violence that has plagued the region during recent months and for a long-term solution to the problem.  Violence has erupted in the region following a series of socialist protests, led by teachers, as the federal government continues to work at settling a disputed national election.

Conference of religious slams new ecclesial movements

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a gathering organized by the Conference of Religious Men and Women of Peru--the local branch of the Latin American Confederation of Religious Men and Women--several speakers participating in a Theological seminar launched an attack against the new movements and charisms in the Church.

Pope urges faithful to maintain inner peace and serenity despite outward disturbances

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The faithful need not lose their serenity and peace amid the noise and occurrences of daily life as this world is not their “final homeland,” said Pope Benedict XVI today during his usual Wednesday general audience.

Maronite cardinal concerned about Christian exodus

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Nasrallah Sfeir, patriarch of the Maronite Church, is very concerned about the “progressive devastation” in Lebanon and “the growing outward migration of Christians, who are not returning.”

Lebanese Christians, Muslims ready to rebuild country, says cardinal

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Christians and Muslims in Lebanon are ready to work together to rebuild their war-torn country, said Cardinal Roger Etchegaray just before his departure from the country’s capital.

Archbishop says honesty is necessary in Christian-Muslim dialogue

Aug 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke out this week against the promulgation of lies regarding the history of Christian-Muslim relations.  In his weekly Denver Catholic Register column, Chaput said that recent fallacious statements by a Denver-area Islamic leader, who reportedly claimed that Muslims have never tried to force conversions to their faith, do nothing to advance the causes of peace or interreligious understanding.

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