Archive of September 12, 2006

Benedict: He who believes is never alone

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Over 300,000 people attended mass celebrated by Pope Benedict at Islinger Field in Regensburg, Germany on a cloudless Tuesday morning. “He Who Believes Is Never Alone” would not only be the entrance hymn, but also the main theme for the ceremony.

Marriage debate in Canada must be reopened, says Archbishop Prendergast

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Halifax has urged the faithful of his diocese to contact their members of Parliament and to ask them to vote in favor of reopening the marriage debate in the House of Commons.

Diocese closes schools to protest vandalism by Hindu militants, bishops condemn attack

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Diocese of Lucknow closed its 20 schools Sept. 11 to protest vandalism by a militant Hindu mob the previous day.

Catholic high-level group could fuel EU ‘God debate’

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The debate to include Christianity in a new treaty text for the European Union may by spurred by the creation a new high-profile group of Catholic thinkers. The "group of wise men and women", which held its first meeting Sept. 11, was commissioned by the Commission of the Bishops' Conferences of the European Community to draft a report on the EU's common values.

Benedict XVI to give conference at former university

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his visit to Bavaria Pope Benedict XVI will be giving a conference at the University of Regensburg (Ratisbona), where he was once a professor and today is honorary professor.

Pope tells Protestants, Orthodox, let us bear witness in love, “that the world may believe”

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his fourth day in Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI prayed with members of Germany’s Orthodox and Protestant community.  Leading a Vesper service at Regensburg’s Cathedral, the Pontiff told those gathered that they must not loose track of what is central to their dialogue - their common belief in Christ - and that they should bear witness to their common faith “in such a way that it shines forth as the power of love.”

Cubans celebrate patroness, Our Lady of Charity

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Cuba particpated in some 69 different processions throughout the country in honor of Our Lady of Charity, declared patroness of Cuba by Pope Benedict XV in 1916 and crowned by Pope John Paul II in 1998.

Catholic pundit offers advice to Republican Party

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Given a recent poll that shows a drop in the number of people who view the Republican Party as friendly to religion, Catholic writer and publisher Deal Hudson offers 10 tips for the GOP to “reinvigorate its religious base” and keep the religious vote, in his most recent edition of “The Window.”

Latin American Bishops’ Council organizes conference on Church’s social teaching

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of the preparations for its 5th General Conference in 2007, the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) is meeting in Mexico City the 2nd Conference on the Social Teachings of the Church entitled, “Imagining a continent for all: Justice, solidarity, and the witness of Christians before the new social challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean.”

Faith and reason must come together in a new way, Holy Father says

Sep 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The former Professor Joseph Ratzinger returned to his old university today to hold a conference on the relation of faith and reason. Pope Benedict XVI told professors and students at the University of Regensburg that, “only if reason and faith come together in a new way” can mankind face the dangerous possibilities now facing it.

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