Archive of September 20, 2006

Muslim groups threaten Christians in Middle East

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A previously unknown Islamic group, called The Army of Guidance, said Tuesday it would strike “every place relevant to Christians” in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for recent remarks by the Pope deemed offensive by many Muslims, reported The Associated Press.

Pope Benedict repeats: Emperor’s words are “in no way” my own

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI took a moment out of his regular Wednesday General Audience to clarify again comments he made last week at the University of Regensburg.  The Pontiff repeated that the words he quoted from a 14th century emperor were meant to set up an academic discussion should not, in any way, be attributed to Benedict himself.

Cardinal Pell: Violent Muslim reaction justifies Pope's concerns

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell of Sydney said the violent response to Pope Benedict’s comments about Islam last week justified the concern the Pope had been expressing about the lack of reason which can exist in faith and the use of religion to justify violence.

Vatican expert says Benedict showing he is more evangelist than diplomat

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is “less diplomacy and more Gospel,” says journalist and Vatican expert Sandro Magister in a Sept. 18 column, titled “Islam’s unreasonable war against Benedict XVI”.

Bishop calls for justice, prayer as three Catholics face death penalty in Indonesia

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Catholic men, who’s execution has been delayed twice before, are now scheduled to be executed Thursday in Indonesia.  An Indonesian bishop, however, says there is still hope that a new appeal for clemency might be approved.

Western leaders criticized for silence regarding attacks on the Pope

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The official publications of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, as well as several local Italian political officials, have strongly criticized the leaders of western nations for the silence regarding the threats and insults that have been leveled against Pope Benedict XVI by Muslims.

Islamic groups in Spain distance themselves from “day of wrath” against the Pope

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Spanish Federation of Islamic Religious Entities, Felix Herrero, said Tuesday the organization would not participate in the “day of Islamic wrath,” called for the head of the Worldwide Union Muslim Ulemas, Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in response to Pope Benedict XVI’s discourse on Islam and Mohammed.

Cardinal Rivera calls on Mexicans to accept new president and work with him

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, called again on Mexicans this week to accept the new President, Felipe Calderon, and to work with him, because the country needs the collaboration of all.

Hundreds of students celebrate successful educational congress in Lima

Sep 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 600 young people participated last weekend in the 27th Catholic Students Congress (CONVIVIO), which has become a more and more important occasion for South American university students to reflect on their faith and become involved in Catholic social programs.

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