Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Marian Shrine of Altötting, one of Bavaria’s most famous pilgrimage sites, was an appropriate place for the second Mass celebrated by the Pope Benedict XVI on his trip home. Mary, the Mother of God and “woman of prayer,” would be the subject of the New Testament readings as well as the homily of the Holy Father.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Prior to leaving the town of Altötting for his birthplace of Marktl am Inn, Pope Benedict XVI prayed Vespers with the seminarians, priests, and religious of Bavaria and those who support their vocations. The Pontiff led the evening prayer service from the Basilica of Saint Anne.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic community of the Diocese of Bridgeport gathered to pray for those who died five years ago in the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11 and to honor those who assisted after the attack.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Joseph Faber MacDonald of Saint John, New Brunswick, has resigned due to health reasons. The bishop’s 75th birthday, the age of retirement for bishops, is also approaching.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the third day of his trip to Germany, Pope Benedict XVI will visited hometown of Marktl am Inn, which he has always considered a “place of warmth and family.” The Pontiff shook hands with residents and prayed at the church in which he was baptized.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The city of Altöting is traditionally known as the “heart of Bavaria.” And the heart of Altöting is the Gnadenkapelle (Chapel of Grace), which year after year is visited by thousands of pilgrims from around the world who come to pray. Today, September 11, Pope Benedict XVI joined the ranks of those who come to venerate the “Black Virgin.”
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI and his brother, Fr. Georg Ratzinger, 82, were surprised to learn this week that their parents, Joseph and Maria, met through a singles ad their father had placed in local Catholic weekly, Liebfraubote.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes called on the faithful this week to eradicate lying from their hearts and to accept the Gospel, because “to live in lies and claim to be a Christian is a contradiction.”
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Press Office of Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, indicated yesterday that the actions of vandals against the birth home of Pope Benedict XVI in Bavaria is “a minor incident” and not a cause of major concern.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Executive Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has issued a statement calling on Catholics not to let themselves be confused by a campaign to discredit the Church and to understand the urgency of not compromising in the defense of life.
Sep 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of six French priests and several seminarians who were formerly members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X have reestablished full communion with the Catholic Church and begun the “Institute of the Good Shepherd,” with the blessing of Pope Benedict XVI.