Archive of March 16, 2005

Pope gives surprise blessing from Papal apartment

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Pope John Paul II made a surprise appearance at the window of his Vatican apartment and gave numerous blessings to people gathered in St Peter's Square below.

Conference to address judicial tyranny from faith perspective

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The first conference to address judicial tyranny from a faith perspective is planned for next month in Washington, D.C.

Vatican Conference to explore Church’s role in promoting justice

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Delegates began gathering at the Vatican today for a meeting which will explore the need for justice worldwide and examine the legacy of the groundbreaking encyclical Gaudium et Spes, written in 1965.

15,000 Rome youth expected at pre-World Youth Day celebration

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 15,000 young people around Rome are expected to descend upon St. John Lateran Basilica tomorrow in preparation for this summer’s 20th World Youth Day, to be held in Cologne, Germany.

Pope to issue Letter to Priests Friday

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that the Holy Father's Letter to Priests for Holy Thursday this year, will be presented on Friday, March 18th in the Holy See Press Office.

Bishops’ committee launches Roe V. Wade “Reality Checks”

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Committee for Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has launched a new effort to dispel myths about Roe v. Wade.

Lay leaders and bishops meet to address pressures on U.S. Church

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic lay and religious leaders announced the creation of a new non-profit organization to help the Church in the United States determine and implement best practices at the national, diocesan and parish levels. 

Christendom Students stand up for Terri Schiavo; disappointed with indifference

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last week, twenty-one students from Virginia’s Christendom College traveled to Florida to join their voices in the fight for brain-damaged Terri Schiavo.

Franciscan University plans to evangelize in the NCAA

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After years of debate, and a twenty-year hiatus, Franciscan University of Steubenville recently announced that they would apply to be a division III member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Catholic high schools thriving in Rockville diocese

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While Catholic elementary schools are struggling to remain open — two more have been slated for closure this June — Long Island's Catholic high schools are booming and fall enrollments continue to climb, reported Newsday.

Papal exhibit comes to North America

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An impressive exhibit of 2,000 years of papal history, from St. Peter to Pope John Paul II, will make its way to North America this summer.

Cardinal Rivera denounces attempts to justify killing of the innocent

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of Charity Day, the Archbishop of Mexico, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, denounced the existence of a campaign “that seeks to justify the killing of the innocent” in the womb, as well as the elderly and handicapped children through euthanasia.

Paraguayan bishop says Jesus Christ is foundation for celibacy

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Claudio Gimenez of Caacupe and President of the Bishops Conference of Paraguay said this week the true and only foundation for celibacy, especially in the New Testament, is the witness given by the Lord with his own life.

Honduran bishops says authorities must face wave of violence

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released this week, the Bishops Conference of Honduras said the recent acts of violence taking place in the country are evidence that young people are becoming victims of an alarming genocide.

Opposition leader challenges Cuban government for 15 minutes on TV

Mar 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Associated Press, renowned Cuban activist Oswaldo Paya issued a request to the government of Cuba to grant him 15 minutes of airtime on Cuban television to explain his opinions about the upcoming elections in the Communist country.

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