Archive of July 27, 2005

Benedict XVI vacation dedicated to pray for world peace comes to an end

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On the first hundred days as the Catholic Church Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI  completes a vacation time dedicated to pray for world peace, as Joaquin Navarro-Valls, Holy See Press Office Director stated in a report for Radio Vaticano.

Populorum Progressio launches 212 projects aimed at caring for the poor, building up the Church

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last week in Lima, Peru, the administrative arm of the "Populorum Progressio" Foundation concluded its annual meeting, announcing 212 new initiatives which they hope will provide material and spiritual care to the poor of Latin America and the Caribbean.

San Bernardino Diocese first in U.S. to have two Hispanic Bishops; reflects changing face of Catholic Church

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, the Vatican named a Riverside, CA priest to fill the position of auxiliary bishop in the Diocese of San Bernadino--a position which has been empty since 2003. His appointment makes the diocese the only one in the U.S. with two Hispanic bishops, reflecting what is perhaps the changing face of the American Church.

Catholic, Protestant leaders to hold press conference: ‘there should be no religious litmus test for Roberts’

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, religious leaders will gather in the nation’s capital to protest what they see as an unfair religious litmus test being used in the senate’s scrutinizing process of Judge John G. Roberts, President Bush’s Catholic nominee for the Supreme Court.

Kansas City bishop learns Spanish to reach out to faithful

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With the growing number of Spanish-speaking Catholics in the Archdiocese of Kansas City, Archbishop Joseph Naumann has decided put learning Spanish among his priorities.

Alberta may invoke clause to protect officials from marrying same-sex marriage

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Alberta Justice Minister Ron Stevens said the province may invoke the notwithstanding clause under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to protect religious and lay officials in Alberta from being forced to marry same-sex couples if it goes against their conscience or religious beliefs.

Chicago cardinal, imam call for improved relations between Catholics and Muslims

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Chicago’s top Catholic cleric and well-known Muslim leader called on Catholics and Muslims to work together to end racism and to strengthen families in the Chicago area.

U.S. Church must reexamine stance on nuclear deterrence, says Catholic peace activist

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in the United States should reexamine the nation’s strategy of nuclear deterrence and directly challenge the current administration’s defense strategy that has integrated nuclear weapons in its “Global Strike” option, says the executive director of the national Catholic peace movement Pax Christi USA.

Protestant extremists attack Catholic churches in Ireland

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Tuesday saw what police have called a wave of intimidation attacks against Catholics in and around Ballymena, a mostly Protestant town northwest of Belfast.

Bolivia celebrates week of “the truth” about AIDS

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life groups are meeting this week in Cochabamba, Bolivia, for week-long event on “The Truth about HIV-AIDS,” organized by the New Evangelization Apostolate.

African bishop thanks Pope for donation to drought victims

Jul 27, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Michel Christian Cartateguy of Niamey, Nigeria, expressed his thanks to Pope Benedict XVI this week for the donation made in his name by the Pontifical Council Cor Unum for those suffering from the drought and hunger that is affecting that African country.

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