Archive of September 4, 2006

Benedict praises “administrative qualities and moral integrity” of Gregory the Great

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pilgrims gathering to pray the Angelus with Pope Benedict XVI at the Pontifical residence at Castelgandolfo yesterday, were reminded of the life of St. Gregory the Great.  Gregory, one of two Saints to be named “the Great” was pope between 590 and 604 AD.  Pope Benedict said the great Saint and Doctor of the Church is, "an example of which both pastors of the Church and public administrators must be made aware."

Louisville archdioceses proposes merger of seventeen parishes into six

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Louisville is one of the latest U.S. dioceses to face major restructuring in the light of population shifts, from one area of the archdiocese to another, and of aging or lack of priests.

Milwaukee archdiocese to pay settlements to abuse victims in Calif.

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has reached an out-of-court settlement with 10 victims of sexual abuse by clergy in California. The lawsuits involved two priests who were transferred to California in the late 1970’s.

Pope names Cardinal Stafford as envoy to Baltimore basilica rededication

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has named Cardinal James Francis Stafford, former Archbishop of Denver, to represent him at the November inauguration of a new altar in the restored Basilica of the Assumption.

Spanish Catholic organization helping poor farmers to acquire new business skills

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic foundation Manos Unidos, based in Valencia, has launched project to help 160 poor farm workers—mostly single and illiterate mothers—to acquire new business skills and start small businesses.

Pope’s former neighbors opt to protect his privacy and reject lucrative offer from the media

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Neighbors of a home where Pope Benedict XVI once lived in Germany have shown this week that their friendship with the Pontiff does not have a price tag.  Rupert Hofbauer and his wife rejected an offer of $128,000 to allow photographers to take pictures of the Pope during the only private day of his visit to the country.

Dominican bishop says criminals need rehabilitation as well as prison time

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Antonio Camilo of La Vega, Dominican Republic, has called for a greater effort to rehabilitate prisoners so that when they finish their sentences, they can work towards their reinsertion into society.

Colombian high court justices say courts must permit abortions

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Members of Colombia’s Constitutional Court—equivalent to the US Supreme Court—said last week lower court judges may not refuse to hear abortion cases out of conscientious objection and that those who do so would be subject to sanctions.

Thousands of evangelical Christians confessing on-line

Sep 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The very public and international forum of the Internet has highlighted the importance and the need for confession.  A number of websites have emerged that provide surfers an outlet to express their wrongdoings and the brokenness in their lives in search of healing and a peaceful spirit.

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