Archive of September 14, 2005

Old Testament Temple points toward Christ, symbolizes God's presence with His people, says Pope

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his general audience today, held at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI told gathered pilgrims that the relationship between the Temple, the Ark of the Covenant and God's people in the Old Testament can provide Catholics with a window into their place in the Church in the new covenant and even in the Mass.

Pope blesses statue of St. Josemaria Escriva

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of his general audience today at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his blessing upon a statue of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, which has recently found a home in a niche outside of St. Peter's Basilica.

Homosexual men should not be accepted into seminaries, bishop says

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education is reportedly drawing up guidelines about accepting candidates to the priesthood, and the document is expected include whether gay men should be admitted.

Priests volunteer to help with pastoral needs after Katrina

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Priests from across the United States are volunteering to provide pastoral assistance to the people in the areas struck by Hurricane Katrina. Dioceses also are offering liturgical items, such as chalices and processional crosses, to replace those destroyed by the hurricane.

Italian Catholics attack legal proposal of civil unions

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican daily, Osservatore Romano, has accused former Italian premier Romano Prodi of undermining marriage and the moral framework of society by proposing that cohabiting couples be granted the same legal rights and benefits as married couples.

US must make world’s poor priority at UN Summit, bishops urge

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have urged the Bush Administration to make the United Nations World Summit, which begins today in New York, an occasion "to adopt new initiatives that will enable poor countries, particularly in Africa, to break the cycle of poverty" and to work toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Round 2 for Roberts: Hearing weighs heavily on abortion; pro-life group condemns Senator’s line of questioning

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While he continues to shy away from expressing his own views on the subject, much of yesterday’s Senate questioning of Supreme Court Chief Justice nominee John Roberts focused on the abortion debate and the judge’s own opinion of Roe vs. Wade ruling as law.

National Canadian pro-life conference seeks to offer hope

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Montreal will play host to the Canada’s annual pro-life conference in mid-November.

Country needs leaders dedicated to helping poor, Mexican bishops say

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, President of the Mexican Bishops’ Conference, said this week Mexico needs leaders that will reach out to the poor and not allow the country’s resources to be swallowed up by the rich while so many are living in destitution.

Vatican Radio to air special on life of Benedict XVI

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Vatican Radio announced it would air a special radio program on the life of Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, September 25.

Mass sterilizations taking place in China

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The EFE news agency published reports this week that between March and July of this year, more than seven thousand women have been subjected to sterilizations and-in the case of pregnancies-forced abortions as part of an aggressive family planning campaign pushed by the Chinese government.

Priest who survived execution attempt during Spanish Civil War dies

Sep 14, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Father Eugenio Laguarda, known as "the resurrected priest" for having survived an attempted execution during the religious persecution in Spain, died this week at the age of 94 in Valencia, where he was laid to rest.

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