Archive of September 9, 2005

Vatican reconfirms 5 canonizations and 26 blesseds to be declared in October: Pope Benedict following John Paul’s lead

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican reconfirmed today that Pope Benedict XVI plans to canonize five blesseds and declare 26 beatifications later this month.

Catholic Charities USA launches nationwide housing program for Katrina evacuees

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- All Catholic Charities agencies, located across the country, have joined forces to launch Operation Home Away from Home, a program aimed at providing temporary housing for Hurricane Katrina evacuees.

Bishops, policymakers focus on moral implications of trade agreements

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An international conference on the moral implications of trade agreements came to a close yesterday. The two-day meeting, led by Catholic bishops, was attended by policymakers, legislators, economists and academics from 19 countries in the Western Hemisphere.

White House declares National Day of Prayer for hurricane victims; Church groups applaud

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the world continues to watch the horrible aftermath of Hurricane Katrina--which devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast--unfold, President George Bush has declared Friday, September 16th as a national day of prayer and remembrance for victims of the tragedy.

Pro-family groups applaud Schwarzenegger for impending same-sex marriage veto

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that he would veto a bill legalizing same sex marriage, saying that it was counter to the will of the people. Today, while gay-marriage advocates are up in arms, many pro-family groups are praising the governor’s decision.

New Montana parish could be first in world named after John Paul II

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, parishioners in the tiny Montana town of Big Fork, will add something substantial to the worldwide Church. They will dedicate their new and long awaited church building, which, as far as they can tell, is the first in the world to be named after the late Pope John Paul II.

Embryonic stem cells prone to genetic mutations, says new research

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new study indicates that stem cells made from human embryos are prone to serious genetic mutations associated with cancer.

Hong Kong Catholics "enjoy religious freedom," Church leader says

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hong Kong is a safe haven for Catholics, according to Mgr John Tong Hon, Auxiliary Bishop of Hong Kong, in a report given on September 9 to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

New church fits growing congregation

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic faith community of St. Isidore Parish in rural but still-developing Milford Township, Pennsylvania, are enjoying their new and much-needed church that was six years in the making.

New vocations video available this fall

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Parishes, youth ministers, vocations directors and faith communities will soon have a new vocations-awareness and promotion tool at their fingertips. "You Could Make a Difference," a 17-minute vocation video and DVD, will be released this fall.

Italian bishop calls for reconciliation in response to murder of priest in Brazil

Sep 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Piergiorgio Debernardi of Pinerolo is calling on Brazilians to show forgiveness over the murder of Father Guiseppe Bessone, a priest of his diocese who was doing pastoral work in the Brazilian town of Blumenau.

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