Archive of October 30, 2006

Illumination begins with faith, recognizing need for salvation, Pope says

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the tens of thousands gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the Gospel story of the healing of the blind man, Bartimaeus.  Prior to praying the Angelus, the Holy Father pointed out how every Christian is like Bartimaeus in their faith journey - from blindness into illumination. 

Benedict tells Greek bishops pray for unity, persevere in working for recognition

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted members of the Greek Episcopal Conference today at the Vatican.  The Holy Father told the bishops, who were visiting as part of their “ad Limina” visit, to increase their prayers that one day the Greek Orthodox Church, which makes up the majority of the Greek population will one day be reunited with the Catholic Church.

Pope to Irish bishops, do whatever it takes to prevent sexual abuse

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI urged the Catholic bishops of Ireland to deal effectively with the problems of clergy sexual abuse that have taken place to the “take whatever steps are necessary to prevent it from occurring again.”

Pope offers special message on behalf of all kidnapping victims

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of the Angelus prayer this Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI offered a special prayer for those around the world, who are victims of kidnapping.

New auxiliary bishop of Detroit hails from Texas

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Daniel Flores, 45, of Corpus Christi, Texas, to assist Cardinal Adam Maida as a new auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit.  

Catholic leaders weigh in on US Senate candidate

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The race for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania between Republican candidate Rick Santorum and Democratic candidate, Robert Casey Jr. continues to heat up.  While both candidates are Catholic, some Catholic groups have pointed out the contradictions in Casey’s platform and positions on controversial issues.

Catholic campaign succeeds, UK government drops faith quotas for schools

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The British government changed its plan to impose admission quotas on faith-based schools, after Catholics nationwide launched a letter-writing campaign to protest the measure.

Church supports research that respects human life, Spanish archbishop says

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach issued a pastoral letter last week in which he reaffirmed the Church’s support for scientific research that “is at the service of the human being” and reiterated that “the Church also unites her voice to those who, in the name of ethics, “denounce scientific projects that attack human life.”

Halloween undermines eternal truths of Christian faith, says Argentinean bishop

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In all letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Rinaldo Fidel Bredice of Santa Rosa said the pagan feast of Halloween undermines the eternal truths of the Christian faith, and he exhorted Catholics to celebrate worthily the feasts of All Saints and November 1 and of All Souls on November 2.

Spanish bishop encourages Catholics to have an “adult faith” amidst current European crisis

Oct 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his regular Sunday letter to his diocese, Bishop Carles Soler of Girona this week encouraged Catholics to have a “personalized and adult faith” amidst the crisis in Europe.

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