Archive of October 26, 2006

Archbishop calls for investigation of security forces after increased drug trafficking

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Francisco Robles Ortega of Monterrey has called for security forces to be investigated in response to indications that drug traffickers have infiltrated positions of power.

Bolivian cardinal: Don't be afraid to proclaim the Lord

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, exhorted Bolivians this week not to be afraid of proclaiming Christ and to remember that the mission the Lord gives to Christians is to proclaim the Gospel to all nations.

Religious freedom a right, not a privilege, says Mexican bishop

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, told reporters this week that religious freedom is not a privilege for the Church, but rather a right of all persons and one which must be respected.

Church is not a parasite on society, but instead a great benefit to mankind, Spanish bishop says

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In comments this week about the recent financial accord between the Spanish government and the Church, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona said, “The Catholic Church is not a parasite on Spanish society, but rather is of great benefit to mankind.”

Pope Benedict notes challenges of subjectivism and materialism in the West

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting this morning with Frank De Coninck, the new ambassador of Belgium to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI noted the challenge of western societies to respect human life in the face of relativism, subjectivism, and a superabundance of consumer goods.

New Jersey court ruling opens door for homosexual “marriage”

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- New Jersey’s highest court yesterday ruled that “there is no fundamental right to same-sex marriage.”  However, the 4-3 ruling does claim that the state constitution gives same-sex couples equivalent civil rights afforded to heterosexual couples, but that lawmakers must decide how to grant those rights.

Asian Mission Congress highlights role of Jesus in Asian culture

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 1,000 Catholics from across Asia gathered in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for a five-day congress to discuss incorporating their cultures and their faith, reported UCA News.

Bishop Belo meets with Timor rebel leader, former prime minister

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Former Aposotlic Administrator to East Timor and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bishop Carlos Belo, met Tuesday with a Timorese rebel leader and key politicians during a 10-day trip to the country, in an effort to bring about peace.

Chaplains are entrusted with spreading Gospel of peace in military, Pope says

Oct 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with participants in the fifth international congress of Military Ordinariates, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged the bishops who are responsible for serving the world’s militaries to ensure that their chaplains embrace and teach the Church’s doctrines on building peace in the world.

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