Archive of May 9, 2005

‘Ministry of Pope is a guarantee of obedience to Christ and to His Word’, says Pope Benedict

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI formally took possession of St. John Lateran Cathedral, confirming his position as Bishop of the Diocese of Rome.

Communications can be used for good or ill, says Holy Father

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday at noon in Rome, the Holy Father appeared at his study window to recite the traditional Regina Coeli prayer, and note two significant dates for the Church; the solemnity of the Ascension, celebrated Sunday in Italy and in many other countries; and the 39th World Day of Social Communications.

Pope urges Sri Lankan Bishops to guard children against exploitation

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI welcomed bishops from the Church in last year’s tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka in his first "ad limina" visit since being elected Pope.  

Cardinal Martins will preside at beatification Mass

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican announced that Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, would preside at the beatification Mass for Ascension Nicol Goni, virgin and co-foundress of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary and Marianne Cope, virgin, of the Sisters of St. Francis, Syracuse, U.S.A.

Vatican official says rediscovery of Eucharist needed to counter satanic sacrilege

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, says a rediscovery of the Eucharist is needed as an answer to the spread of satanic practices.  “The Church is concerned” about sacrileges and profanations committed against the Eucharist by satanic cults during so-called “black masses.”

Archbishop Flynn will not allow communion to become ‘battleground’

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Minnesota’s Archbishop Harry Flynn has decided to take a stand against what he sees as a protest by a national gay and lesbian organization against Church teaching.

Anglican Church of Canada postpones decision on same-sex unions

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada has decided to postpone a decision on performing same-sex marriages until 2007, and to conform to a request by the Anglican Consultative Council to give up its voting rights at the international level.

Africa new breeding ground for Muslim terrorists, says confidential report

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Conflict and extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa have created a “permissive environment” for new recruits to al-Qaeda's terrorist network, says a newly released report by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Editor of controversial Jesuit magazine quits

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The longtime editor of the international Jesuit magazine "America" has resigned after years of tension, sparking speculations about the reasons for his departure.

U.S. bishops file amicus brief in assisted-suicide case

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other religious organizations jointly filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday, declaring that the U.S. Attorney General was correct in concluding that assisted suicide is not a legitimate medical practice under the Controlled Substances Act.

Cardinal Ortega: Benedict XVI will firmly guide the Church amidst rampant relativism

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a Mass celebrated to mark the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said the new Pope will firmly guide the bark of Peter amidst the cultural and moral nihilism and rampant relativism of today’s world, which is in need of “clear ethical and human guideposts.”

Vatican announces Papal celebrations for May and June

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican today released the schedule for liturgical celebrations due to be presided over by Pope Benedict for the months of May and June.

Spanish bishops: Catholics cannot vote for homosexual “marriage”

May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Spain published an official statement last week reminding Catholics that they are morally obliged not to vote in favor of an eventual law that will make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage, because it goes against reason and morality.

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