Archive of October 9, 2006

Saint’s heart draws hundreds closer to God

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of people filed into Curé of Ars Parish in Merrick, N.Y., Saturday to pray before the uncorrupted heart of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests and of the parish.

Cardinal O’Malley won’t stop blogging

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- What started as an experiment for Cardinal Sean O’Malley has become a new and regular means of evangelical outreach. The cardinal-archbishop of Boston has decided to continue his blog, which he began on a recent trip to Rome.

Mexican Bishop and Knight to be canonized this week

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia will become the seventh Knight of Columbus and the first bishop/Knight to be declared a saint. Pope Benedict XVI will canonize the bishop in Rome on Oct. 15.  According to the Knights of Columbus, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson will attend.

New book challenges Catholics to play role in public square

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This weekend Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix launched a new booklet, challenging Catholics to take a more active part in influencing the political process.

Benedict says families should not be driven by “hedonism and relativism”

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting yesterday on the Christian sense of marriage, Pope Benedict XVI said during his Angelus address that society needs “families which are not swept up in the modern cultural currents inspired by hedonism and relativism,” and which are prepared to generously fulfill their mission for the Church and the world.

Cardinal exhorts Mexican faithful not to lose faith over clergy scandals

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez, has called on the faithful not to allow the scandals committed by some in the clergy to be a reason to “distance oneself from God, to stop loving His Church or to stop believing in her.”

Christian churches in France issue joint statement against death penalty

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement marking the 25th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France, the members of the Council of Christian Churches of France said,  “In a troubled and divided world in which executions are massively practiced, it is more important that, in a peaceful but firm way, Christians together denounce this punishment that is contrary to the mercy of God.”

Cuban bishop pledges to spread devotion to the Holy Grail of Valencia

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Emilio Aranguren of Holguin, was given the medal of the Fraternity of the Holy Grail of the Last Supper in Valencia last week,and he pledged to spread devotion to the relic throughout Cuba.

Communion should not be denied to those separated but not remarried, says Argentinean bishop

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Emeritus Carmelo Gianquinta of Resistencia said last week persons who are “separated from their spouse but have not remarried and are living chastely can absolutely receive Communion.”

Pope to Canadian Bishops: Promote Confession to bring healing

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with bishops of Western Canada, in Rome for their “Ad Limina” visits, Pope Benedict insisted, this morning, on the need for a renewed understanding of sin and appreciation for the Sacrament of Penance in order to foster reconciliation and healing among people.

Cardinal Keeler injured in fatal accident

Oct 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William H. Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore is recovering today after being involved in a car accident which left one priest dead and another injured.  The Cardinal’s car was sideswiped while the three were traveling through Terni, Italy.

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