Archive of December 11, 2006

Advent invites man to continue building the ‘house of God’ in the world, Pope says

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Shortly after returning from the dedication of a new Roman parish, Pope Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his study Sunday to pray the Angelus with the thousands of pilgrims gathered below in St. Peter's Square.  The Holy Father encouraged the pilgrims to consider how the season of Advent reminds the Church of its mission to continue building the "house of God" among mankind.

Pope Benedict expresses continued concern over situation in the Middle East

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After praying the Angelus, the Holy Father spoke of his concern for the situation in the Middle East, "where glimmers of hope for resolving the crises that afflict the region alternate with tensions and difficulties that cause us to fear fresh violence."

Milingo ‘ordains’ two married men, confirms links with man who claims to be Messiah

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An excommunicated Roman Catholic archbishop attempted to ordain another two married men as priests on Sunday. The Vatican has not commented on these, the latest antics of the former Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia or the separatist archbishop’s admission that his movement is largely funded and supported by a man who claims to be, "humanity's Savior, Messiah, Returning Lord, and True Parent."

Fulton Sheen Radio is now live on the Internet

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Thanks to the work of a leading Catholic layman hundreds of classic talks and homilies by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen are now available online and on demand at Fulton Sheen Radio.

Knights commit another $1M to national shrine

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Knights of Columbus have made a $1-million gift to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The contribution makes the Order the lead donor of a 3,780 square-foot mosaic dome in the Shrine’s Great Upper Church, which will depict themes relating to the Incarnation.

Cardinal commends Muslims for extending Christmas wishes

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his Christmas message this year, Cardinal Keith O'Brien criticized public institutions which, in an effort to be politically correct, have avoided using the word "Christmas” in recent years. 

Massive Marian celebrations take place throughout Latin America on feast of Immaculate Conception

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics throughout Latin America gathered in great numbers to mark the feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, with more than a million gathering in Paraguay and over 600,000 in Chile.

Parishes should be a beacon of faith in a secularized world, Pope Benedict says

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI consecrated a new parish church for the city of Rome yesterday.  Celebrating Mass for the second Sunday of Advent at St. Mary Star of Evangelization Parish, the Holy Father recalled the important role Catholic parishes and their church buildings should play in communities.

Return the Church and moral law to their proper place in society, Pope Benedict tells Italian lawyers

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Saturday Pope Benedict XVI received participants in the 56th national study congress, promoted by the Union of Italian Catholic Jurists, which is being held in Rome on the theme: "Secularity and secularities."  The Holy Father told the lawyers how the idea of secularity has been corrupted and challenged them to create a society in which the Church and the moral law are returned to their rightful place.

Spanish cardinal calls on Catholics to be courageous amidst difficulties of today’s world

Dec 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, called on the faithful this week to strive to renew Christian initiation without fear of today’s difficulties, because “this is God’s hour and He will not leave us orphans in such a fundamental endeavor.”

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