Archive of November 17, 2006

Pope says the goal of Ecumenical dialogue remains unchanged: one single visible Church

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the participants at the plenary session of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Pope Benedict recalled that the primary goal of ecumenical dialogue remains the same: to reach one, single, visible Church.

Vatican: Milingo’s future depends on him, not the Vatican

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Vatican official who attended yesterday’s meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the heads of Vatican dicasteries to discuss the case of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo and priestly celibacy, told CNA that the future of the rebellious former Archbishop of Lusaka (Zambia) “depends almost exclusively on his own decisions.”

Catholic, Protestant churches agree to produce common Urdu Bible

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic and Protestant Church leaders in Pakistan have agreed to use one Urdu Bible instead of two different versions, reported UCA News this week.

Group seeks protection for Christians in India

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Christian group has appealed to a government agency to extend protection for Christians and their institutions across India, after reports of continued persecution in some parts of the country.

Film has duty to educate on human dignity, says archbishop

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Movies have an educational value and must be used as a means to “knock down the wall of indifference” to violations of human dignity, said Archbishop John Foley, President of the Vatican’s Council for Social Communications at a recent conference held by his office.

Sharpshooters, security cameras for Pope’s visit to Istanbul

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Turkish authorities have announced that security will be tight during Pope Benedict XVI’s first visit to their country later this month.

Cardinal Schönborn to celebrate jubilee Mass of St. Peter’s Basilica

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an Austrian tribute to the jubilee celebration of the 500th anniversary of the laying of the first stone of St. Peter’s Basilica, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn will celebrate Mass there on Sunday.

Cuban young people ask government to reopen Catholic university

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Young people from different religious denominations have asked Cuba’s Department of Religious Affairs to reopen the University of St. Thomas in Villanueva, which the government closed in 1961.

Mama Margarita, mother of John Bosco, declared venerable

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Margarita Occhiena, mother of Salesian founder St. John Bosco, was declared venerable by Pope Benedict XVI through a decree that was published Thursday by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

Jerusalem archbishop says formation needed for dialogue with Islam and struggle against relativism

Nov 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Coadjutor Archbishop Fouad Twal of Jerusalem said this week that in order for there to be inter-religious dialogue people need “a formation that will overcome prejudices, deter religious relativism, and tear down the barriers raised by unjustified fear - a formation in the Christian identity itself in order to peacefully affirm the faith.”

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