Archive of August 18, 2005

Pope Benedict's first speech to youth “ Let yourselves be surprised by Christ!”

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Welcomed by a cheering crowd along the banks of the Rhine river, Pope Benedict spoke for the first time to the youth describing himself as a pilgrim, along with the thousands of young people coming from around the world.

Pope Benedict arrives for WYD 2005

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI arrived in his native Germany today to celebrate World Youth Day 2005 with about 405,000 young people.

WYD pilgrims eager to see, and hear Pope

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- World Youth Day pilgrims are eager to see Pope Benedict XVI and hear his first message to them for the international gathering.

Bishop Aquila: ‘We are at WYD because of our deep love of Christ and of the Eucharist’

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As almost 1 million young people from around the world gather in Cologne, Germany this week to see Pope Benedict XVI and celebrate their Catholic faith, a hearty group from the Diocese of Fargo, North Dakota has joined them in what many are calling the experience of a lifetime. 

Publisher, papal friend says Pope’s new book focuses on beauty, personal relationship with Christ

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with CNA yesterday, Fr. Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press and personal friend of Pope Benedict XVI offered insights into the Holy Father’s soon-to-be-released On the Way to Jesus Christ--his first book to be released in English since his election.

Viacom CEO defends slam on Mother Theresa, Catholic League calls response ‘arrogant’

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The CEO of media giant Viacom has defended the airing of a T.V. special which attacks Mother Theresa and the Catholic Church saying that the episode is an example of the organization’s commitment to “artistic freedom.”

Albany Bishop will not defrock priests; ‘Formal and public removal from ministry is sufficient punishment’

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Catholic Diocese of Albany, NY has decided that he will not laicize 13 priests in the diocese who were involved in the Church’s priestly sexual abuse scandal, saying that public removal from ministry is a just punishment.

Former Methodist minister seeks the Roman collar

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In 2002, Mark Kurowski, in what he calls the hardest move of his life, left the United Methodist church he’d served for 12 years as pastor, thirsty for the truth of the Catholic faith.

Mexican bishop calls for life without parole for kidnappers

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, has called on the Mexican government for “life without parole” for kidnappers.

Argentine archbishop: protect the family from harmful foreign influences

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Committee on the Family of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina, Archbishop Carlos Nañez of Cordoba, exhorted the country’s leaders this week to avoid using “foreign models, whether moral or economic,” that would submerge “the Argentine family in poverty and material and spiritual marginalization.”

Small Bible-belt diocese sees increase in seminarians

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Friend has been praying for years that God would give the Diocese of Shreveport, in northwest Louisiana, just six seminarians. Now, he recently told the Shreveport Times, he thinks that God just may be listening.

Pope expresses affection to Cologne, and reminds spiritual heritage

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Continuing his way through the city and finally arriving at the Domplatz, the square in front of the Cathedral,  he gave his third speech, referring more specifically to the city of Cologne, host of the youth gathering.

Assassination of a Colombian priest while teaching a class in rural school

Aug 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Colombian Bishop´s conference (CEC), Msgr Luis Augusto Castro denounced the assassination of a priest that was teaching a class in the town of Chaparral, in the province of Tolima. Fr. Jesus Adrián Sánchez became the third priest assassinated this week in the country.

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