Archive of October 2, 2006

Arrest of two priests “dash hopes” of increased religious freedom in China

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Just when the release of two Catholic bishops from detention seemed to indicate a positive change in between China and the Roman Catholic Church, Chinese authorities have arrested two Catholic priests returning from a trip to Europe.

Four Supreme Court justices attend Red Mass in Washington

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Four Supreme Court justices attended the annual Red Mass, which is traditionally held each autumn to mark the beginning of the court’s new term and draws members of the legal community, Presidential Cabinet members, and occasionaly the President himself.

UK bishops angered by BBC attack on Pope

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, president of the bishops' conference  of England and Wales, will file a complaint with the BBC over a recently aired documentary, which accuses Pope Benedict XVI of covering up child abuse by priests.

US bishops to vote on plan to restructure, downsize

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops are expected to vote on a proposed restructuring of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and its offices at their annual November plenary meeting in Baltimore.

Pope calls for praying of the Rosary in families, communities, and parishes

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Prior to heading back to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI made a final Angelus Address at Castelgandolfo, speaking of two themes central to the month of October – the Rosary and World Missions.

Pope Benedict offers thanks before leaving Castelgandolfo

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Concluding his traditional stay at Castelgandolfo Sunday, Pope Benedict offered thanks and blessings for the many personnel who worked to make his stay safe and successful. 

President of Chilean bishops’ conference works to resolve national health care dispute

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Alejandro Goic, has reiterated his call to resolve a strike by the country’s health care workers that has paralyzed the country’s health care system for more than three weeks.

Pilgrimage for peace and reconciliation in Mexico

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Jose Trinidad Gonzalez Rodriguez of Guadalajara, Mexico, made a special plea to Our Lady of Zapopan this week to “work a miracle again and bring reconciliation, justice, and peace to the nation.”  The country is still attempting to recover from a highly disputed presidential elections, which were held in July.

Recent sexual health concerns “more pubic than public,” warns Argentinean bishop

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Lozano, Bishop of Gualeguaychu and head of youth ministry for the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, has criticized political leaders for focusing sexual policies on mere genital activity rather than considering proper sexual formation.

Maronite Catholics: “Let Hezbollah go to Iran or Syria”

Oct 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Although the conflict in Lebanon has ended, peace has yet returned for the inhabitants of a mostly Maronite Catholic town who fear Hezbollah will turn their country into an Islamic nation.

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