Archive of August 4, 2005

Pope’s brother in hospital, gets pacemaker

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, was admitted to Gemelli Hospital in Rome last night with irregularities in his heartbeat. Doctors assessed his health and decided to implant a pacemaker, announced Joaquín Navarro-Valls, director of the Holy See Press Office.

US bishops mark anniversary of atomic bombings, condemn ‘total war’

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provides an opportunity to reflect on the lessons of the Second World War and to recommit to efforts for a lasting peace built on justice, said the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Ohio woman battles to reform divorce laws; says many Catholics are slighted in proceedings

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An Ohio woman filed an appeal this week with a local divorce court in the latest phase of what she sees as a crusade to reform civil and church divorce laws in the U.S.

Catholic League claims Philadelphia DA ripped off Church and taxpayers

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The grand jury investigation into charges of sexual abuse by priests in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia over the last few decades concluded that there were no instances where archdiocesan officials transferred a known abuser to another parish.

Misrepresentation in press leads Vatican official to clarify position on vaccines

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Msgr. Jacques Suaudeau of the Pontifical Academy for the Family has clarified the content in the recent Vatican statement on vaccines, putting to rest any misunderstandings that may have followed after a news agency misrepresented the statement and the monsignor’s comments.

Judges rule civil suits against Planned Parenthood can proceed

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two separate Los Angeles Superior Court judges have ruled that the Pro-Family Law Center of Southern California may proceed with lawsuits against Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles. The non-profit organization announced the rulings Tuesday.

Debate over massive cross continues in San Diego

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A massive cross overlooking the city of San Diego is at the center of heated debate which covers issues ranging from property ownership to separation of church and state.

Largest Australian pilgrimage group ever departs for WYD

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This week, some 2,200 Australian youth--the largest pilgrimage group in Australian history--will leave to join Pope Benedict XVI in Cologne, Germany for the 20th World Youth Day.

Archbishop laments lack of resources to sustain priests in Brazil

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Celso Jose Pinto da Silva of Teresina, Brazil, said this week the greatest problem facing the Church in the northeastern part of the country is “the lack of resources for sustaining priests and seminarians.”

Joint statement against terrorism by Catholics, Jews and Muslims in Argentina

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archdiocesan chancery of Buenos Aires will host a ceremony next Monday, August 8, in which Catholic, Jewish and Muslim leaders will sign a statement rejecting all forms of fundamentalism and terrorism.

Spanish rock band invited to perform at World Youth Day slams Pope Benedict

Aug 4, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with a popular music website in Chile, the Christian rock band from Argentina, Rescate, which boasts of being “the only Hispanic artists that will participate in the closing concert for the XX World Youth Day,” criticized Pope Benedict XVI, who will be the central figure at the celebrations in Cologne, Germany.  

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