Archive of October 19, 2005

Mercy and redemption: two of the great characteristics of God, says Pope

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, as Pope Benedict XVI reached the exact 6-month mark since his election to the papacy, he told an audience of 40,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square, that the Christian God is not one who condemns, but one who constantly offers forgiveness and mercy.

New group aims to protect freedom of religion

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new group founded to protect freedom of religion in the U.S. is staging an unusual campaign--one to get atheism recognized as a religion. Its symbol? Nothing.

Intelligent Design expert testifies, proof of creator is observable in nature

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As a federal judge tries to determine whether a tiny Pennsylvania school district has the legal right to teach intelligent design alongside evolution theories, one scientific expert in the field is arguing that the role of a creator creates a real, viable alternative to some evolution theories which exclude the possibility.

New York to launch major reorganization of archdiocese

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Important demographic shifts that include growth and expansion in New York and surrounding area have pushed the Archdiocese of New York to create a major reorganization plan for parishes, schools and other church organizations.

Pursue immigration reforms that respect human dignity, US bishop urges

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Congress should pursue comprehensive immigration reform legislation that respects human rights and dignity and reject cuts in legal immigration and punitive, piecemeal measures, says Bishop Gerald Barnes, chairman of the Migration Committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Chinese bishop hopes relations improve between Vatican, Beijing

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Chinese bishop prevented by his government from attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome this month hopes diplomatic relations between the Holy See and Beijing could be re-established.

International conference considers future of churches in Europe, North America

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An international symposium will consider what will happen to the growing number of empty churches in the West. The four-day conference, titled "What Future for Which Churches?" will open today in Montreal, Canada.

No more "Christ" with a capital C in the Netherlands

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to a new grammar rule in the Netherlands and Belgium, the name "Christ" will soon be written with a lower-case "c", as stipulated by an orthography reform published last Friday.

Bishop expresses disgust at comments by Argentine president

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Resistencia, Argentina, Bishop Carmelo Giaquinta, said this week he was disgusted by the inappropriate words and actions of President Nestor Kirchner at the Basilica of Our Lady of Lujan.

Argentine University to hold seminary on Social Doctrine of the Church

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In conjunction with the Pontifical Lateran University of Rome, the Catholic University of Argentina will hold a seminar on October 25-28 on work and education in Social Doctrine of the Church.

Experts to discuss new church norms on marriage nullity

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than a hundred experts on church law will gather at the University of Navarre in Spain to analyze and discuss the new Instruction Dignitas connubii, in force since last January, which all diocesan tribunals must apply when dealing with cases of marriage annulment.

New technique to obtain embryonic stem cells does not arouse ethical objections

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The discovery made by in the United States to extract embryonic cells without destroying the embryo would not arouse the  ethical objections that usually occur in this field, according to an article published by the Garcia Morente Foundation, on their website

Pope John Paul II left last message, unheard until now, reveals his former personal secretary

Oct 19, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Krakow( Poland), and former personal Secretary of pope  John Paul II, Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, revealed in the Italian Catholic daily Avvenire, that an audio recording of the former pontiff existed. Alhtough he said he didn’t have the strength to listen to it yet.

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