Archive of October 20, 2005

Leaders denounce new wave of repression in Cuba against dissidents

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Nuevo Herald of Miami is denouncing a new crackdown on dissidents by the Cuban government, pointing to the recent case of a Catholic deacon who was beaten and mistreated in front of his own wife and children on their way to Mass.

Bishop prays to Lord of the Miracles for Peru to rediscover its Christian roots

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the annual veneration of a statue of the Crucified Christ, known as the Lord of the Miracles, the most popular devotion in Peru, Auxiliary Bishop of Lima, Jose Antonio Eguren, called on the faithful to pray that the country rediscover its Christian roots.

Pre-natal testing: weeding out society's undesirables?

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Former Washington Post writer Patricia E. Bauer summed up the rarely-discussed pre-natal testing issue well with the headline of her recent column: ‘The Abortion Debate no one wants to have.’

Denver couple launches ‘Prayer for Priests’ program

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the Catholic priesthood--wracked with sexual scandal and debate over the nature of the vocation--faces criticism from many in both the secular and Catholic world, one Denver couple is trying to build up and encourage area priests--calling on the laity for support.

Pope Benedict picks a layman as new coordinator of his official trips

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The layman Alberto Gasbarri, administrative and technical director of Vatican Radio, is the new person in charge of organizing the apostolic trips of Pope Benedict XVI, revealed the Italian press.

Pope will attend the premiere of miniseries from CBS on Pope John Paul II

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The TV channel CBS confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will attend the preview of the new television miniseries on the life of John Paul II that will be released shortly in the United States.

Alternative embryonic stem-cell procedures miss the mark, say Christian doctors

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States’ largest association of faith-based physicians says two recently reported developments in embryonic stem-cell research, purportedly designed to allay ethical concerns, “do not circumvent the moral dilemmas of destroying living human beings or exposing them to harm.” Both methods were reported in the October 17 online edition of Nature.

Conference to discuss developments for Latin mass under Pope Benedict XVI

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A three-day conference next month will discuss issues related to the traditional Latin Mass under the papacy of Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Cassidy's book to mark 40 years of ecumenism

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Jewish, Catholic and political leaders gathered at the Great Synagogue in Sydney today to mark the 40th anniversary of Nostra Aetate, a document that emerged from the Second Vatican Council and calls for a renewed relationship between Christians and Jews and an end to anti-Semitism.

Mexican bishop calls on faithful to tithe

Oct 20, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Rafael Romo Muñoz of Tijuana, Mexico, called on the faithful this week to actively participate in the diocesan tithing campaign so that the Church could have the necessary funds to carry out the work of evangelization.

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