Archive of September 22, 2005

Pope Benedict XVI will talk about John Paul II in first televised interview

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI decided to grant his first televised interview, in which he will talk about his predecessor Pope John Paul II, and his possible trip to Poland in 2006. The Pontiff granted the interview to the Polish public canal TVP and was recorded last Tuesday.

Potential ambassador to the Vatican says US, Rome share values

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States and the Vatican share some fundamental values, investment firm owner Francis Rooney told a Senate Committee Monday.

Pell warns on curtailing unions

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal George Pell criticized government policies and draft legislation related to labor, poverty and education.

Bishop asks for prayers for politicians

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore have been asked to recite a special prayer for local, state and federal politicians during October, a month traditionally designated as Respect Life Month.

Illinois launches stem-cell research institute without public approval

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life leaders in Illinois are outraged that Gov. Rod Blagojevich "thwarted the democratic process" and authorized the creation of a medical institute that would conduct embryonic stem-cell research.

Death of two seminarians sparks nationwide seminary discussion about drinking

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The death of two Chicago seminarians last week--both of whom were passengers in a car accident in which the driver’s blood alcohol level was double the legal limit--has raised new concerns about formation programs for potential priests and issues surrounding alcohol use.

First annual Archbishop Gomez Amistad Awards honor Hispanic Catholic leaders in Denver

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last evening, at the city’s Centro San Juan Diego center, two members of Denver’s Hispanic Catholic community were honored for their lives of service and self-sacrifice at the First Annual Archbishop Jose Gomez Amistad Awards.

Franciscan University conference to tackle difficult Catholic social teaching

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of a continued national debate on the role of faith in political life, as well as scientific advances which the Catholic Church asks faithful to take pause at, Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio has announced an upcoming conference in which experts will tackle many of these key social and ethical issues head on.

Church will not accept illicit donations, Mexican bishops say

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an official statement, the general secretary of the Bishops’ Conference Mexico, Bishop Carlos Aguiar of Texcoco, rejected claims that the Church accepts donations of illicit money.

Archbishop calls for peaceful resolution to conflict between farmers and government

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, called on the government and farmers, who have occupied four ranches, to find a peaceful solution to the crisis in order to avoid further violence.

Argentine bishop says tourism must be respectful of human dignity

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Ruben Frassia of Avellaneda-Lanus, Argentina, called on politicians and businessmen this week to remember that "in all tourist activity, the ultimate end must always be respect for human dignity."

Spanish bishops to support protest of controversial education law

Sep 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Several Spanish bishops have expressed their support for a protest scheduled for November in Madrid against a controversial law on education that is set to be debated in Congress.

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