Archive of May 5, 2005

Pope Benedict makes visit to Castel Gandolfo

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI made his first trip outside Rome in a brief visit to the papal summer residence, Castel Gandolfo.

Vatican confirms May 14 for beatification of Hawaiian nun

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Religious sisters across the Hawaiian islands are abuzz with excitement following the confirmation by the Diocese of Syracuse, NY that Kalaupapa missionary Mother Marianne Cope would be beatified at the Vatican on May 14th.

Priest decries award honoring Schiavo judge

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Angering many members of the pro-life movement, the West Pasco, Florida Bar Association recently honored Circuit Court Judge George Greer, who ordered the starvation of Terri Schiavo in February.

Air Force Academy task force will look into Christian intolerance charges

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of recent allegations of religious insensitivity against non-Christians, the Air Force Academy announced Tuesday, the implementation of a new task force to investigate the charges.

New pope key to Vatican’s response to sex-abuse scandal, says Judge Burke

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI is fully aware of the sex-abuse scandal in the U.S. Church and was instrumental in the Vatican’s response to the crisis more than a year ago, when he served in the curia as Pope John Paul II’s key aide, said the USCCB’s former review board president, Judge Anne Burke.

U.S. government marks National Day of Prayer

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush has invited all U.S. citizens to join in observing the National Day of Prayer today and “to give thanks, each according to his or her own faith.”

US bishops to review priestly formation, charter for child protection at spring meeting

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will hold its spring meeting at the Fairmont Chicago June 16-18.

Poll says Catholic doctors support birth control, homosexuality, not embryonic stem-cell research

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new study indicates that a majority of doctors, who identify themselves as Catholic, support birth control, homosexuality and the distribution of condoms, but they oppose embryonic stem-cell research, reported the Long Island Press. 

Same-sex marriage bill one step closer to law in Canada

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s same-sex marriage bill passed second reading in the House of Commons yesterday, moving it one step closer to becoming law.

Quebec to cut Catholic and Protestant religious instruction in public schools

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Quebec government has announced that it intends to cut Catholic and Protestant religious instruction from public schools and to implement a new program on ethics and religious culture by 2008.

Volkswagen to build new Popemobile for Benedict XVI

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The German automaker, Volkswagen has announced that it will build a new version of the famous ‘Popemobile’ to be used by its countryman, Pope Benedict XVI.

More than half of the people in Europe against children adoption by homosexual couples

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The recently approved law by the House of Representatives in Spain, with regard to “marriage” among same sex couples, has placed Spain, together with The Netherlands and Belgium, among those countries in the European Union that are most identified with homosexuals. This news has reopened the discussion on the right of homosexuals to adoption, as it is normally recognized for heterosexual couples.

Card. Cipriani warns that “relativism seeks to bring down faith”

May 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, warned that relativism is a  dictatorship that tries to bring down faith and take away from man the “need to support himself on the truth”.

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