Archive of September 13, 2006

Pope emphasizes the “transforming” power of beautiful liturgy

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking of the tremendous value of the organ as a liturgical instrument, the Pope reminded a group of his native Bavarians today that music and song are “themselves part of the liturgical action,” which makes us more capable, “of transforming the world.”

Catholics urged not to participate in CROP Walk

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Lansing is encouraging Catholics not to participate in the 30-year annual Church World Service CROP Walk, which raises funds to alleviate hunger and poverty worldwide.

Majority of Americans see God as an angry judge, says new survey

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recent survey reveals that 9 out of 10 Americans say they believe in God but they hold four very different views and understandings of God.

US bishops call for just immigration reform bill

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush and Congress must “work together to produce a fair and just comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Bishop Gerald Barnes of San Bernardino, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

Pope’s brother gives clues as to Benedict's "private" day schedule

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI explicitly asked to reserve a private day during his visit to Bavaria.  While a rough schedule has been outlined, his exact schedule is unknown to the press.  What is known is that he will spend the day with his brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, and he will visit the tomb of his parents.  Msgr. Ratzinger dropped a few clues about what the Pope’s activities would be during an interview with the German television network ZDF.

Pope Benedict trashes jihad, reformation, and liberal Theology

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the heart of Pope Benedict XVI’s address yesterday, on the world’s need for a renewed dialogue between faith and reason was an attack on the "theology" of jihad as well as a look at the destructive role that liberal theology and the theology of Reformation have had on Christian thought.

Pope’s friends say fame has not changed Joseph Ratzinger

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Bavaria has provided the occasion for many of his close friends to talk about their friendship with the man who they say “is a humble person who has never taken advantage of his powerful position in the Church and has been a friendly and available neighbor, professor, and priest.”

Bishop says freedom of worship, but no freedom of religion in Cuba

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Siro Gonzalez of Pinar del Rio Cuba told a Spanish newspaper this week that freedom of worship, but not freedom of religion, exits in Cuba and that in 50 years the Church has lost 500 priests.

Evangelical detained for distributing Biblical passages that condemn homosexuality

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The national director the Evangelical organization Christian Voice, Stephen Green, was detained recently and charged with “threatening, abusive or insulting behavior” after allegedly refusing to stop handing out pamphlets with Biblical passages condemning homosexuality to people arriving at a gay "Mardi Gras" celebration.

Kidnapped Iraqi priest freed in Baghdad

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A young Chaldean priest kidnapped last August 15 in Baghdad was released on Monday.  Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Emmanuel Delly confirmed that Father Saad Sirop Hanna “is well, at home and will finally be able to return to his work at the parish in Baghdad.”

Former underground bishop aligns with “open” Church of China

Sep 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Francis An Shuxin has left the underground Catholic Church in China to join the government-sanctioned church in what he says is an effort to work for unity and reconciliation.

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