Archive of September 15, 2005

Turkish Government invites Benedict XVI to visit country in 2006

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Turkish Government official invited Pope Benedict XVI  to visit the Muslim country next year, although the original proposal of the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Bartholomew I,  was to invite the pope to celebrate  the Orthodox feast of Saint Andrew in November of this year.

Chief rabbis meet pope, urge promotion of Nostra Aetate

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Israel's two chief rabbis met Pope Benedict XVI today to mark the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a document which emerged from the Second Vatican Council and which redefined Catholic-Jewish relations. The document denounces anti-Semitism and repudiates the charge that blames Jews as a people for Christ's death.

Pope calls Catholics to mend split between faith and daily life, 'a serious error of our age'

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with visiting Mexican bishops and challenged them to help change their country's social structure, bringing it "more into line with the dignity of individuals and their fundamental rights."

Catholic schools are places of evangelization, should develop a strong Catholic identity, Catholic leaders affirm in conference

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Wednesday, Catholic school leaders and educators from around the nation met in Washington DC for a conference exploring the challenges and hopes for Catholic education--specifically in primary and high school years--in the face of a changing world.

New Orleans bishop launches appeal

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of New Orleans renewed his request for prayers and support for archdiocesan efforts to help those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Court rules pledge of allegiance unconstitutional

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A federal court judge ruled Wednesday that the words “under God” render the pledge of allegiance unconstitutional.

‘Miracle baby’ Torres dies

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Tragedy once again struck the battered Torres family as Susan Anne Catherine Torres, born prematurely following a three month struggle to keep her 26-year old mother Susan Torres alive, died Monday of heart failure.

EU asks China to reconsider travel ban for bishops

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- China’s refusal to let four Catholic bishops travel to Rome for a synod shows the country’s poor state of human rights and damages EU-China relations, said EU Assembly Leader Hans-Gert Poettering.

No timetable for beatification of John Paul PII, says Vatican prefect

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In statements picked up by the Europa Press news agency, the Prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, said it was not possible to set a timetable for how long it would take for the beatification of John Paul II.

Mexican cardinal calls for national reconciliation

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, called on Mexicans this week to seek national reconciliation, which he said could be achieved before the end of the current government’s term.

Bolivian cardinal exhorts Bolivians to practice reconciliation

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, exhorted Bolivians this week to practice reconciliation, saying, “God is the one who forgives our faults because in Him there is neither vengeance nor spite.”

Archdiocese: Mexico needs more priests

Sep 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The director of communications for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Hugo Valdemar Romero, said this week there is concern in the archdiocese over the difference between the number of priests and the number of Catholics.

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