Archive of May 20, 2005

Benedict XVI decries Nazism, communism: ‘we must assure that such inhuman acts are never repeated’

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following a screening yesterday of the new film, “Karol, A Man Who Became Pope”, Pope Benedict XVI decried Nazism and communism, saying that “We have the duty to remind ourselves and others…what forms of unprecedented violence can be reached by scorn for human beings and violation of their rights.”

President Bush thanks Catholics for history of defending human life and dignity

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking this morning at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, President George Bush thanked Catholics for the contributions they had made to American society—especially in the defense of its most vulnerable members.

Pope Benedict to visit Canada in 2008

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI plans to make his first papal trip to Canada in 2008, “if God is willing.”

Pope Benedict to preside at Mass, Eucharistic procession for Corpus Christi

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict would celebrate Mass for the solemnity of Corpus Christi, on May 26th at 7pm in front of St. John Lateran Basilica.

Archbishop Chaput urges Catholics to let Christ permeate the public square

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning at the 2nd annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held in Washington, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput urged Catholics and Christians to make their voices heard in government and public life.

Archbishop Gomez calls public leaders to sacrificial love

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Joining President George Bush, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput, and an estimated 2,000 attendees at this morning’s National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, Archbishop Jose Gomez called on Catholics “to live our faith in Jesus Christ fully, faithfully -- and without excuses.”

Pope’s brother honored by Austrian president

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday evening, Pope Benedict XVI participated in a ceremony honoring his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was decorated by Helmut Turk, Austrian ambassador to the Holy See.

‘Be priests according to Christ’s heart’ Pope Benedict tells Pontifical Academy students

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier this morning, Pope Benedict met with students from the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy, accompanied by their president, Archbishop Justo Mullor, encouraging them to have holiness and the salvation of souls they meet on their journey as the fundamental goal of their lives.

Texas bishops push school vouchers

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of Texas launched a statewide effort, urging lawmakers to vote for an expanded school voucher program.

New poll shows most Americans oppose cloning

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than three-quarters of Americans, 77 percent, oppose cloning of human embryos for medical research, and 84 percent oppose cloning to provide children to infertile couples.

League says Soros Web site encouraged ‘anti-Catholic bigotry’

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An Internet-based organization, funded by George Soros, made a slanderous attack against Catholics on its Web site yesterday.

Poll reveals Church continues to be most respected institution in Latin America

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A study carried by the Chilean research firm Latinobarometro revealed that the Church continues to be the most trustworthy and respected institution for 75% of Latin Americans, ahead of politicians, journalists, businessmen, policemen and judges.

Paraguayan pro-life group slams law that would allow homosexuality and abortion

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life leaders in Paraguay are denouncing a new bill that would promote homosexuality and in some cases abortion.  Under the guise of assisting minors who are victims of abuse and protecting so-called sexual autonomy, the bill is slated for debate next week.

Mexican bishops: “Euthanasia does not respect sacred value of each human life”

May 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican Bishops Conference criticized a bill put forth this week by the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) that would legalize euthanasia, saying it would not respect the sacred value of each human life.

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