Archive of August 12, 2005

Birthplace of Pope Benedict XVI to be turned into museum

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The home where Joseph Ratzinger was born in the small Bavarian town of Marktl am Inn will be turned into a museum dedicated to Pope Benedict XVI, town officials said. 

Mass. State Senate seeks to regulate church funds; many decry as violation of church and state

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Massachusetts State Senator Marian Walsh is leading a charge demanding that religious organizations publicly disclose their financial books to the attorney general--an act which many call a flagrant violation of the separation of church and state and an attempt to bully the already battered Catholic Church in Boston.

Pro-gay marriage church shown the door in Archdiocese of New Orleans

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of New Orleans has decided to terminate the lease on space being used by a local church which openly supports and encourages gay “marriage.”

St. Patrick’s Cathedral rector resigns

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Monsignor Eugene Clark, who has been rector of New York’s historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral since 2001, submitted his resignation Thursday, strongly denying  allegations that he had been carrying on an affair with his secretary.

Youth ministry expert says teens are on the front lines of the culture wars

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bob Rice knows teens. The long time youth minister and professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been on the cutting edge of ministering to Catholic teens for years and recently said told a conference of youth ministers and catechists that, "The devil has decided to make youth his number one priority.”

Activist walks from New Haven to NYC in effort to inspire priests

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Edward Thomas Coll, who recently completed a 5,000 mile walk around the northeastern U.S., calling for an increase in vocations to the priesthood, is now walking his way to New York City, in an effort to inspire priests and encourage prayer for them.

Jewish leaders praise “historic steps” of Pope Benedict XVI

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of the Jewish community that will welcome Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to a Cologne synagogue said the gesture by the Holy Father would be a historic step for Jewish-Christian dialogue.

Statue of Mary a symbol of peace for Japan

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A popular statue of the Virgin Mary in Nagasaki, Japan, has been given a new home in the city’s Cathedral of Urakami.  Cathedral officials recently opened a new chapel to house the wooden statue, which has become a symbol for peace and for the struggle to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

President of Brazil acknowledges government crisis in letter to bishops

Aug 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of Brazil, Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva,” has sent a letter to the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil gathered for the annual meeting in which he acknowledged the seriousness of the crisis facing the government because of rampant corruption.

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