Archive of October 27, 2006

Knights sponsor spiritual pilgrimage with Pope during visit to Turkey

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Knights of Columbus announced yesterday that it will sponsor a spiritual pilgrimage with Pope Benedict XVI as he travels to Turkey next month.

Archival document reveals Pope Pius XII’s support for Jewish people

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recently uncovered archival document demonstrates Pope Pius XII’s high esteem and support for the Jewish people during the Second World War.

Pittsburgh mayor says Catholic upbringing central to his political success

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The 26-year-old mayor of Pittsburgh says that he would not be in his current position, as a credible and successful civic leader, if it weren’t for his Catholic faith.

Connecticut Episcopal diocese approves blessing of same-sex unions

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Episcopal priests in Connecticut may bless same-sex unions in church ceremonies. Bishop Andrew Smith, the leader of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut, made the announcement Saturday.

Holy Spirit is present and is a guide on path to Christian unity Pope says

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received this morning a delegation from the Christian World Communions, an organization comprised of leaders from several Christian denominations who meet to encourage ecumenism.  The Successor of Peter reminded the group that the Holy Sprit will continue to guide and strengthen Christians in overcoming their human weaknesses and bringing all Christians back to unity.

U.S. Bishops to vote on funding for sex abuse study

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops in the United States will discuss funding for a study to understand the underlying causes of the problem of sexual abuse of minors.  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), who will meet November 13-16 in Baltimore, will vote to release an initial sum of money for proposed study into “the Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Children and Young People by Catholic Clergy in the United States.”

Italian journalist says Benedict XVI has made the Church bulwark of reason

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Italian journalist Vittorio Messori said this week that Pope Benedict XVI is the leader “of a Church that seems to have become the greatest bulwark of reason.”

Secretary of Bishops’ Conference calls on Lopez Obrador to cease creation of parallel government in Mexico

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes, has called on former presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to reconsider his decision to set up a parallel government, saying it is of no help to the country.

Argentinean bishop: “Catholic schools should be a place of hope”

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Oscar Domingo Sarlinga of Zarate-Campana said this week “Catholic schools should always be a place of hope” in which all students and faculty should feel they are part of God’s family in order to thus carry out the different objectives of education.

Pope Benedict expresses “personal anguish and horror” over priestly sex abuse

Oct 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Irish Bishop Denis Brennan released a statement yesterday, relaying the message of Pope Benedict XVI to the people of his diocese.  In their meeting the Holy Father expressed his spiritual closeness to those who have been affected by the scandalous acts of sexual abuse committed by some clergy members and spoke of the personal anguish and horror which the accounts of abuse by priests as well as the pain experienced by their victims have caused him.

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