Archive of November 6, 2006

Vatican opposes Saddam’s death sentence

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Vatican officials said Sunday that former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should not be put to death, even though he has been found guilty of committing crimes against humanity.

Catholic League says Denver Archdiocese subject of witch hunt

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue says the request that the Archdiocese of Denver release all church documents related to sexually abusive priests and church employees who covered up priests' actions is “absurd.” The five groups that made the request “should be dismissed as witch hunters,” he said.

Nazi concentration camp unveils monument to Catholic priests killed in Holocaust

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new stone sculpture was unveiled in Germany this weekend to commemorate the many Catholic priests and monks killed in a lesser-known World War II Nazi concentration camp near Berlin.

First American Catholic cathedral reopens

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The first Roman Catholic cathedral built in the United States reopened to the public in Baltimore Saturday after undergoing a $32-million restoration over the past two years.

Bishops of Poland recall that the life should be defended irrespective of religious creeds

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Poland, Bishop Josef Michalik, has sent a letter to the leader of the Polish parliament reminding him that human life, from the moment of conception until natural death, should be defended regardless of the religious creed that one confesses.

Muslim boom in France: more mosques, fewer churches

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the last thirty years more mosques and Muslim prayer centers have been built in France than Catholic churches in the last century.  Spanish weekly Alba revealed the statistics last week which, they say, indicate a Muslim boom in a nation historically considered “the eldest daughter of the Church.”

Vatican experts say Pope may propose reform of liturgical music in coming weeks

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sources close the Holy See are saying that during his upcoming visit to the St. Cecilia Music Academy Pope Benedict XVI may address the need to recover the quality of sacred music in the liturgical life of the Church.

Benedict XVI: There is no conflict between true scientific progress and faith

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting today with members of the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences, Pope Benedict XVI said that, “Christianity does not posit an inevitable conflict between supernatural faith and scientific progress,” and assured the scientists that the Church supports their scientific research so long as it is a sincere search for the truth.

“Jesus revolutionized the meaning of death,” Pope says

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday to pray the Angelus with Pope Benedict XVI Sunday.  The Pope told the gathered faithful that the days following the Church’s commemoration of All Souls represents "a good occasion to recall our loved ones in prayer, and to reflect upon the reality of death."

Belgian conference encourages the New Evangelization in European cities

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of participants of all ages came from Belgium, Europe, and beyond to gather last week for the “Brussels All Saints 2006” Congress.  The Congress, which is part of an annual gathering rotating through European cities, was titled “Come and See” and took place at the Sacred-Heart Basilica of Koekelberg and St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Relativism and the collapse of ethics are enemies for a tolerant society, affirms Cardinal Cañizares

Nov 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- "One of the strongest and most difficult enemies of a tolerant society and for a culture of coexistence is the relativism and collapse of ethics which can be found in many aspects of contemporary culture," said the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, in his opening speech at the 40th Social Week in Spain.

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