Archive of November 23, 2006

Priest who spent years serving children with AIDS dies

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki, expressed sadness this week over the passing of Father Angelo D’Agostino, founder of one of the first orphanages for HIV positive children in that country, who died at the age of 80 from heart disease.

Basque bishops slam television report on the Church and ETA

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Spokesmen for the Dioceses of Bilbao, San Sebastian, and Vitoria in northern Spain issued a statement Monday protesting a “deviously manipulative” television report about the supposed backing of the Basque separatist group ETA by members of the clergy.

Spanish bishops’ conference signs agreement with Ministry of Culture to conserve cathedrals

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Spanish Bishops’ Cultural Heritage Committee, Bishop Juan Jose Asenjo of Cordoba, signed an agreement this week with the government’s Minister of Culture, Carmen Calvo, that will ensure the preservation of the country’s historic cathedrals.

Cuban and Dominican bishop exchange ideas on pastoral ministry

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops from Cuba and the Dominican Republic met in Santo Domingo this week in order to exchange ideas on pastoral ministries and discuss ways for working together more closely.

Turkey denies leaders are 'running' from Pope Benedict's visit

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Turkish government denied on Wednesday that its leaders were "running away" from Pope Benedict by being out of the country during the pontiff’s scheduled visit next week, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1.

Knights roll out plan for supporting priests, increasing membership

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Efforts to show solidarity with parish priests and to increase membership are key elements of the action plan for the Knights of Columbus over the next year. The order will also plan activities to mark its 125th anniversary.

UK bishops urge government to decommission nuclear weapons

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of England and Wales are urging the British government to “act with courageous leadership” and to lead the international community in nuclear disarmament.

Priest attacked in robbery attempt

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- About 20 unidentified people attacked a Catholic priest around midnight Nov. 19 and left him for dead in what Church people and police suspect was a robbery.

Pope receives Anglican chief, offers challenge on episcopal ordinations

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Receiving Archbishop Rowan Williams, the head of the Anglican Church, Pope Benedict XVI offered words of welcome today, but challenged the prelate to properly resolve such divisive issues as the U.S. Episcopal Church’s recent decision to attempt the ordination of women bishops.  The Holy Father gave thanks for the many steps which have been taken in Catholic-Anglican relations over the past forty years and encouraged the Archbishop to continue seeking the path of Apostolic Tradition in order for further unity to be possible.

Holy Father and Archbishop of Canterbury sign common declaration

Nov 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following their private meeting this morning, the Pope and the archbishop of Canterbury signed a Common Declaration in the presence of members of the Anglican delegation accompanying the archbishop, and of Catholic representatives led by Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster.

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