Archive of May 30, 2005

Pope Benedict says Christians need Eucharist, Sundays to cope with daily challenges

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On his first official apostolic trip outside of Rome, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to Bari yesterday for the closing of Italy’s 24th Eucharistic Congress where he stressed that Christians need the Eucharist and the Sunday obligation to “find the energy necessary for the path they must follow.”

Pope says working to heal rift with Christians is "fundamental" commitment

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his apostolic trip to Bari yesterday morning to close the 24th Italian Eucharistic Congress, Pope Benedict XVI promised his “full commitment” to reestablishing “the full and visible unity of all Christ's followers."

Bumper stickers part of grassroots campaign to protect marriage

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-family voters can now voice their belief that marriage is the exclusive union of one man and one woman with a bumper sticker. A pro-family organization announced that it is distributing one million such bumper stickers for free in order to promote a national grassroots campaign to protect marriage.

Man with MS urges Bush to veto embryonic stem-cell bill

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A man in an advanced stage of Multiple Sclerosis wrote a letter to President George W. Bush, urging him to veto legislation that supports embryonic stem-cell research.

Archdiocese of Chicago cuts back on staff

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- For the first time in 14 years, the Archdiocese of Chicago is laying off workers at its diocesan pastoral center due to an ongoing, multimillion-dollar budget deficit, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Largest group ordained in St. Paul in years

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Harry Flynn of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Saturday ordained the largest number of priests in years.

Promote peace, reconciliation and deeper faith, Pope tells Burundi Bishops

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict told members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Burundi, in Rome for their "ad limina" visit, that through the Gospel they must “tirelessly” call their people, ravaged by recent war, to forgiveness and reconciliation.”

International apostolate goes on-line

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The international lay apostolate, Christian Life Movement (CLM), has announced the launch of a new website, which the group hopes will further its mission of promoting the Gospel.

Ecuadorian episcopate expresses support for Archbishop in conflict with “activist” priests

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Ecuador has released a statement expressing full support for Archbishop Raul Vela of Quito, who is engaged in a conflict with two parish priests who have declared themselves to be “followers of liberation theology.”

Paraguayan lawmakers reject anti-life bill criticized by the Church

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- By an overwhelming majority, the Paraguayan House of Representatives rejected a controversial bill last Thursday that would have opened the door to abortion and homosexual unions.

Church in Dominican Republic launches national effort against abortion

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the Dominican Republic prepares to debate the possible legalization of abortion through the revision of the penal code, Archbishop Ramon Benito de la Rosa y Carpio of Santiago de los Caballeros and President of the Dominican Bishops’ Conference has called for a national campaign against abortion and its decriminalization.

Pope supports efforts by Italian bishops to defend life and the family

May 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Receiving a group of bishops from the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Pope Benedict XVI voiced his energetic support for the efforts of the Italian bishops to defend life, especially in regards to an upcoming referendum on assisted reproduction.

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