Archive of August 21, 2006

Christians need to slow down, Pope says

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Christians must guard against the dangers of excessive activity and busyness, regardless of their state of life or occupation, in order to protect themselves from developing “hardness of heart,” said Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, borrowing from 12th-century Cistercian monk and Doctor of the Church St. Bernard of Clairvaux.

Americans to ‘outstrip’ Nazis in taking human life, says bishop

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States, with its vast abortion industry, will soon rival the Nazis, who were responsible for about 50 million deaths during the Second World War, said Bishop Thomas Doran of Rockford, last week.

Play on St. Joan of Arc leads to Pope Benedict to reflection on peace

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict exclaimed a prayer for world peace yesterday after viewing a play on the dramatic and passionate life of St. Joan of Arc.

Communion and Liberation’s worldwide faith festival opens

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One of the world’s largest summer festivals – which is a meeting of Catholics - is taking place this week in Rimini, a beach town on the Adriatic coast of Italy.

Hispanic Business leaders called to be saints, change the world

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of more than 40 of the top Hispanic business leaders in the U.S. gathered this weekend for a retreat and conference at the St. Malo Catholic Retreat Center in Allenspark, Colorado.  Participants took part in an in-depth dialogue to discuss the economic, cultural, and spiritual contribution of Hispanics in the U.S.  The conference also included addresses from Dr. Guzman Carriquiry Lecour, Sub-Secretary of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of San Antonio, Texas, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver, and Bishop Thomas Wenski of Orlando, Florida.

Argentinean priest-astronomer named new director of Vatican Observatory

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI named Argentinean Jesuit Father Jose Gabriel Funes new director of the Vatican Observatory.

Cuban dissident leader’s memory honored during special Mass

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, presided at a special Mass last week in memory of Gustavo Arcos Bergnes, the recently deceased Cuban dissident leader and cofounder of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights.

Brazilian bishops launch campaign for solidarity with Lebanon

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has launched a campaign to encourage solidarity with the people of Lebanon in the wake of the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah which has devastated the country.

Mexicans who survived nine months at sea attribute rescue to God

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Mexican fisherman who were believed to be dead but were recently rescued after spending nine months stranded at sea attributed their survival and rescue to God and to their reading of the Bible everyday.

Pope Benedict sends message of solidarity to Iraqi Catholics following abduction of priest

Aug 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Sodano, Secretary of State of the Holy See, issued a letter to the leader of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq following the abduction of an Iraqi priest.  Writing on behalf of Pope Benedict XVI the cardinal told Archbishop Emmanuel III Delly, Archbishop of Baghdad and Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, that Holy Father assured all Iraqis of “his spiritual closeness and prayerful solidarity.”

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