Archive of May 23, 2005

Jesus, Mary and Joseph—a model for all families, Pope tells Spanish Bishops

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican publicized a letter from Pope Benedict written to the Spanish bishops during their pilgrimage to the shrine of Pilar de Zaragoza, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the consecration of Spain to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Chicago ordains largest class of priests in a decade

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a three-hour ceremony, at Chicago’s Cathedral on Saturday, Cardinal Francis George ordained 16 men to the priesthood—the largest ordination class of any diocese in the U.S.

Legionaries of Christ: no canonical process against founder pending at Vatican

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman for the Legionaries of Christ, Father Rafael Jacome, L.C., announced on Saturday that the Holy See has informed the congregation that no canonical process is taking place nor will be taking place against its founder, Father Marcial Maciel, L.C.

Sts. Cyril and Methodius inspired spread of Gospel in Europe, says Pope

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI today welcomed Prime Minister Vlado Buchkovski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to the Vatican as he and an entourage celebrates the feast of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, who were Apostles to the Slavic people.

Diocese of Tucson auctions properties to pay abuse claims

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson sold 83 church properties at an auction Saturday in an effort to raise $3.2 million toward abuse-claim settlements.

Influential Episcopal priest leaves parish to convert to Catholicism

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An influential priest of the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh has announced that he will renounce his vows as a priest in the Episcopal church in order to convert to Catholicism and apply to become a Catholic priest.

Pope thanks Austria for honoring brother, praises beauty of its sacred music

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On May 19th, during a ceremony honoring his brother, Msgr.Georg Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI expressed delight at the 30 years of sacred music that his brother had produced for Austria’s Ratisbone Cathedral.

Pope exhorts Rwandans to remain strong despite past violence

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict recieved eight bishops from Rwanda, who are concluding their "ad limina" visits, and told them to "exhort priests and the faithful, harshly tried by the 1994 genocide and its consequences, to remain strong in the faith and to persevere in the hope given by the Risen Christ, while overcoming every temptation to discouragement."

‘We work so that the paths of the world may be open to Christ’, Pope tells Vatican officials

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict held a meeting with a group of the most prominent prelates in the Vatican, saying that, "I have come here with no written speech, but with a sense of vibrant gratitude in my heart, and with the intention to learn.”

Humans are called to communion, says Pope

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his Sunday audience for the weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict told more than 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square, that the Trinity shows us that “God is not solitude, but perfect communion.”

Pope urges faithful to gather around Christ present in the Eucharist

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking yesterday on the solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, the Holy Father greeted over 20,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square, as well as participants in Italy’s National Eucharistic Congress, which opened yesterday in Bari, Italy.

Pope thanks Bulgarian president, people for recent closeness to Holy See

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict welcomed Georgi Parvanov, president of the Republic of Bulgaria, to the Vatican, thanking Divine Providence for  the “rediscovered capacity of friendly and constructive dialogue after the long and difficult period of the communist regime."

Cardinal entrusts next Latin American Bishops’ summit to St. Rose of Lima

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This weekend the Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, and President of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, entrusted the preparations for CELAM’s V General Meeting to St. Rose of Lima, the first native-born saint of Latin America.

Israel honors John Paul II with stamp, park

May 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Israel is honoring Pope John Paul II with a commemorative stamp and a park in the Galilee, Israel’s embassy to the Holy See announced Friday.

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