Archive of October 7, 2005

Catholic politicians and communion: Cardinal says that Gospel, Church Magesterium must be accepted to receive

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking this morning to 245 gathered prelates at the 11th General Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Alfonzo Lopez Trujillo, President of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family said that for Catholic politicians seeking to receive the Eucharist, their personal faiths cannot be separated from their public lives and roles.

Eucharist is source of conversion for secular culture, nourishment for the persecuted and suffering, say bishops

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 243 bishops participated in Thursday afternoon's seventh meeting of the 11th General Synod of Bishops taking place in Rome this week. The major themes of the discussions revolved around cultural effects and needs for the Eucharistic mystery in a secular and suffering society. Some bishops, particularly from poor and oppressed regions gave emotional addresses about the profound struggles of their flocks and the strength they've received from the Eucharist.

Proper celebration of liturgy sends faithful away strengthened, nourished, ready to Evangelize, say bishops

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 245 prelates from around the world began their eighth session of the 11th General Synod of Bishops this morning at the Vatican. The subject of liturgical reform and the deep consequences thereof played a particularly prominent role in the discussions.  

Maronite Rite Cardinal defends, praises celibate priesthood, but admits can create other serious problems

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the 11th General Synod Fathers, gathered for their eighth meeting this morning at the Vatican, Cardinal Nasrallah Pierre Sfeir, who is Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites in Lebanon--a Catholic rite which allows for married priests--addressed the issue, which has been brought up by many, particularly in light of the U.S. sex abuse scandal, of commonly permitting married priests in the Roman rite.

Vatican analyst questions reported Conclave “diary”

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a column this week for the Italian weekly L’Espresso, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister questions the veracity of a supposed conclave “diary” of an anonymous cardinal that was published by journalist Lucio Brunelli in the Italian magazine Limes, which claimed Pope Benedict XVI was elected by a majority after a tight race with other cardinals.

Holy see vows for long term response for youth, at UN General Assembly

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Continuing on the debates of the 60th General Assembly, the Delegation of the Holy, represented by Mr Francisco Dionísio, addressed the  General Assembly on the theme of the World Program of Action for Youth yesterday.

Gov’t assistance should go equitably to all schools affected by Katrina, says US Bishop Conference secretary

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Assistance to schools affected by the hurricanes should be provided equitably to all, without regard to the type of school, the secretary for education at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) told the education committees in Congress.

British cardinal says discussions on Eucharist should focus on communion

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Catholic Archbishop of London,  told the synod of bishops meeting this month that, when speaking about Eucharist, they must emphasize communion as the spiritual bond that ties the Church together.

European bishops call for renewed evangelization efforts

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Ecumenism, the 40th anniversary of Vatican II and the future of the European union were three themes that emerged at the four-day plenary assembly of European bishops last week, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, and that were quoted in an outcome document released yesterday.

Canadian bishops reject assisted-suicide bill

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Legalizing assisted suicide in Canada would be a major social failure, say the Canadian bishops.

Archdiocese of Lima to publish details on holiness of St. Toribio of Mongrovejo

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In order to mark the 400th anniversary of the death of St. Toribio of Mongrovejo, the Archdiocese of Lima will publish a series of newsletters on its website highlighting the sanctity of the second archbishop of Lima and patron of the bishops of Latin American.

Expert says film on Kibeho “a gift for the suffering Church”

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Although Kibeho, Rwanda, is an unknown place in the world, it has become a shrine where the Church has recognized a series of Marian apparitions that took place on the African continent.

Children’s book on John Paul II published in Spain

Oct 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two elementary school teachers in Valencia, Spain, have published a new children’s book entitled “John Paul II the Great,” which tells the life of the late Pontiff.

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