Archive of November 7, 2005

Clear, courageous, enthusiastic witness to Jesus is needed to combat secularization in Europe, Pope tells bishops

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict met with a group of Austrian Bishops and, addressing the growing problem of secularization in Europe, challenged them to teach the Gospel clearly and without fear, utilizing tools like the Catechism and its new compendium. 

Church does not live off herself, but off the Gospel, says Pope

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, Pope Benedict joined thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly Angelus prayer, at which, he stressed the centrality of the Holy Scriptures--passed down and safeguarded by the Magesterium--for the life and strength of the Church.

Eurosia Fabris, Beatified Sunday, hailed as friend to the poor, model of openness to religious life

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, in the cathedral of Vicenza, Italy, Third Order lay Franciscan, Eurosia Fabris, also known as “Mother Rosa”, was  pronounced Blessed, thus completing her next major step on the path to sainthood.

Catholic-Lutheran commission to produce new document: ‘we must continue in patient dialogue,’ says Pope

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict announced this morning that a new document will soon be produced, marking the next step in an ongoing dialogue between Lutherans and Catholics seeking to find common ground.

French bishops express concern in front of urban violence and foster presence of religious communities in neighborhoods

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jean-Pierre Ricard, President of the French bishops conference, along with the French episcopate, published Saturday, a formal declaration regarding the continuing violence that is currently spreading through France.

Hope in the Gulf: Mississippi Bishop offers Mass in destroyed church

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than two months after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita rocked the U.S. Gulf Coast, faithful at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Biloxi, Mississippi are starting to put their lives back together.

Bishop sees fewer schools, move to downtown

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A major reorganization plan in the Diocese of Grand Rapids will diocesan headquarters downtown, merge or close some Catholic schools, share of parish resources and reduce the number of masses to cope with the priest shortage.

Deanery begins talks about future look of Catholic schools

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the ongoing national dialogue on the future of Catholic schools, local leaders in the Dayton Deanery also gathered last month to discuss the future of Catholic schools in their region.

Number of Russian Muslims converting to Christianity in the millions

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to the director of the Inter-religious Council in Russia, Roman Silantyev, in the last fifteen years two million Russian-born Muslims have converted to Christianity, while only 2,500 Russians have converted to Islam.

Catholic Medical Association announces new president

Nov 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Portland urologist and surgeon has been named the new president of the 1,000-member Catholic Medical Association (CMA).

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