Archive of May 25, 2005

Pope’s Wednesday message of hope: God frees us from terror of death

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict XVI, continuing his series of Wednesday catechesis on the Psalms, offered the 27,000 gathered pilgrims a message of hope, assuring them that God will not abandon his people to the terrors of pain and death.

Cardinal Keeler urges support for bill on umbilical cord blood stem-cell research

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new bill that would allow research based on the stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood immediately after births should be supported by legislators, said Cardinal William Keeler.

Senate moves to confirm Owen, a Sunday school teacher, as federal judge

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Senate started voting Wednesday to confirm Judge Priscilla Owen to the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. A day earlier, the Senate voted 81-18 to break the filibuster and move to confirmation of Owen as a federal judge.

Church teaching on homosexuality causes hope for some, derision for others

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two very different groups, which offer support for homosexuals in the Church are planning their first conferences since the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Los Angeles Times writer spews hate toward the Church, says Catholic League president

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Los Angeles Times op-ed writer Robert Scheer has distorted the truth about the Catholic Church and homosexuals, says Catholic League president William Donohue.

Pittsburgh honors volunteer catechists

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Pittsburgh will honor 2,100 volunteer religious educators at a convocation Thursday at the David Lawrence Convention Center. They complete a two-year certification program, based on The Catechism of the Catholic Church. About 6,000 volunteers teach 53,000 students in grades K-12 throughout the diocese.

3,000 attend Eucharistic procession in Connecticut

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Over 3,000 faithful braved a steady downpour of rain on Sunday to process with the Blessed Sacrament through the streets of Danbury Connecticut.

Archbishop Foley to speak to U.S. groups on the Church and mass communication

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Archbishop John Foley, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Social Communications spoke at a joint meeting of the Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada and the Catholic Academy of Communications Arts Professionals, where he spoke on the role of the Church in mass communication.

Pope's death inspires would-be priests in England

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The death of Pope John Paul II sparked inquiries about the priesthood among young Catholics in the United Kingdom, and the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales plan to ride this wave of interest and launch a national ad campaign for the priesthood.

Bishop mobilizing Paraguayans to defend life and family from proposed law

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As debate looms in the Paraguayan Congress over a new law that would open the door to abortion and homosexual “marriages,” Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion is calling on the faithful to gather outside the Cathedral on Wednesday to protest in defense of life and the family.

Church will never approve the deliberate taking of human life, says Mexican cardinal

May 25, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Commenting on a bill sponsored by Mexico’s Democratic Revolution Party which would legalize euthanasia in the country, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said the Church will always oppose the killing of human life.

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