Archive of September 25, 2006

Benedict tells Muslim leaders dialogue not an option, but a necessity

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with a group of Muslim clerics as well as several ambassadors from mostly Islamic countries today, Pope Benedict XVI reiterated his desire to continue down the road of sincere dialogue in order to foster peace in the world.

Pope praises Italian nun in Somalia for pardoning her killers

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI praised the Christian witness of an Italian nun for pardoning her killers as she lay dying from an attack in Somalia.

Bishop Aquila says death sentence in North Dakota continues cycle of violence

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The death sentence imposed upon Alfonso Rodriguez, Jr., Sept. 22 “obscures for all of society the truth of the inherent dignity of human life,” said Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo.

Holy See grieves executions of three Indonesian men

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican expressed great regret and sorrow over the executions of three Catholic Indonesian men last week. Fabianus Tibo, 60, Dominggus da Silva, 42, and Marinus Riwu, 48, were convicted of leading a violent attack on Muslims, which killed around 200 people in 2000, and then sentenced to death. They were executed firing squad on Thursday.

Pope calls on bishops to evangelize with their own testimony of life

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI met with bishops attending an annual meeting hosted by the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples and exhorted them to safeguard and transmit the faith of Christ with the testimony of their own lives.

Baby born pre-maturely to cancer-stricken mother loses battle for life

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Argentinean newspaper Cristo Hoy reported last week that a two month-old baby who was born pre-maturely at 27 weeks lost his battle for life and has died.  The baby’s mother, Laura Figueroa, had refused treatments for cancer in order to give her baby a chance to live.  She died from complications related to her illness on August 9.

International conference on Catholic television to be held in Madrid

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Msgr. Enrique Planas of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications announced this week final preparations are being made for the International Conference on Catholic Television, which will be held October 10-12 in Madrid.

Benedict: the logic of Christianity is the giving of one's self in loving service

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Drawing from Sunday’s Gospel reading, Pope Benedict XVI explained the "logic of Christianity," during his weekly Angelus address at Castelgandolfo.  The Holy Father told the hundreds of gathered pilgrims that “the logic of love..the logic of Christianity” is the giving of self.

Former Spanish President says double standard exits between Islam and the West

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The former president of Spain, José María Aznar, noted that the controversy over the words of Pope Benedict XVI at Ratisbona make clear a double standard in relations between Islam and the West.  Speaking at a Washington think tank, Aznar asked why no Muslims have apologized for the 800 year Moorish invasion of his country.

Christians in India protest government plan to amend anti-conversion law

Sep 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Church leaders and others in Gujarat have protested the western Indian state government's move to amend and pass a law that regulates religious conversions, UCAN reports.

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