Archive of October 4, 2006

Pope: story of Bartholomew recalls importance of personal experience of Christ

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on the twelve Apostles today, speaking to some 30,000 pilgrims about the lesser known Apostle, St. Bartholomew, during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square. 

Vatican says preparations for papal trip to Turkey continue

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Despite continuing threats from Islamic extremist groups and warnings from Muslim clerics and politicians in Turkey, preparations for Pope Benedict XVI’s first Papal trip to Turkey are continuing, Vatican officials said this week.

Spokane diocese to sell bishop's office to pay sex-abuse claims

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Spokane is selling its pastoral center to help cover $81 million in claims, mostly by victims of clergy sex abuse. The nearly 30,000-square-foot, downtown building serves as the chancery and houses the bishop’s office.

Copts call on Rice to discuss human rights, religious freedom in Egypt

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The American Coptic Union (ACU) is urging Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to discuss the continued human rights abuses of Coptic Christians in Egypt during her upcoming meeting with the Egyptian government.

Archbishop says public leaders, who claim to be Catholic but do not act on Gospel, are deceiving themselves

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Political and community leaders are called to change the world with justice and charity, and with a greater love for God than for their careers, said Archbishop Charles Chaput, OFM Cap., at the Red Mass in Harrisburg, Pennsylvannia yesterday.

Sustaining the Church is responsibility of each Catholic, says Madrid cardinal

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking about the new financial model being used by the Catholic Church in Spain, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, said this week that material support for the Church in her mission “has been and always will be the responsibility of her children and an obligation” of all the baptized.

German bishops call Muslim interpretation of controversial papal discourse “unjust”

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Germany, gathered for the plenary assembly, has called the interpretation by many Muslims of the lecture Pope Benedict XVI gave at the University of Ratisbona “unjust.”

Holy See accepts resignation of controversial Argentinean bishop who aspires to political office

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop Joaquin Pina Batllevell, SJ, of the Diocese of Puerto Iguazu, who recently caused a firestorm by forming and leading an independent political coalition to replace the controversial current governor of the Argentinean province of Missiones.

Laity in Mexico express solidarity with thousands of priests faithful to their mission

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to a sexual abuse lawsuit filed against a Mexican priest, the National Council of Laity (NCL) in Mexico condemned such crimes, but expressed its solidarity with the thousands of priests who generously serve others and have nothing to do with such conduct.

Future Saint moved to new shrine in Indiana

Oct 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of pilgrims gathered in an Indiana church yesterday as the body of a soon-to-be-canonized nun was moved from a crypt below the floor, to a shrine near the church’s main altar.  According to the Associated Press, pilgrims lined up to pray before the remains of the 19th century foundress, reaching out to touch her coffin.

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