Archive of November 15, 2005

Priest morale high, but support still strongly needed, says USCCB president

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Despite the difficult situation for the priesthood in the last few years, morale among priests in the United States is high, Bishop William Skylstad of Spokane told members of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Monday at the opening of their plenary session.

Catholic politicians on bishops’ agenda at plenary

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- How should bishops approach Catholic politicians who do not uphold Church teaching? And should these politicians receive Communion? These are some of the questions Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and his task force on Catholic politicians will try to answer this week during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ plenary meeting in Washington. This issue has been an ongoing concern for the bishops and hotly debated in the press.

Italian woman’s healing at Lourdes officially recognized

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church has officially recognized the miraculous healing of an Italian woman who visited the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes in France more than 50 years ago when she was suffering from a fatal form of rheumatic heart disease.

Justices won't review ‘In God We Trust’ dispute

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to review an appeals court decision, which states that the inscription "In God We Trust" on a government building in North Carolina does not violate church-state separation.

Italian government honors John Paul II, Pope Benedict commends ‘serene relations’ between Church and State

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday morning, the Italian parliament commemorated a visit made by the late John Paul II three years ago to the body and with various government leaders.

Science accompanied by the wisdom of faith: Vatican conference to explore the human genome

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Vatican officials held a press conference to discuss the upcoming International Conference on the Human Genome, presented, in large part, by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry.

Cardinal to take possession of historic Titular church

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican announced that this coming Sunday, Cardinal Carlo Furno, grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and archpriest emeritus of the Basilica of St. Mary Major, will take possession of the title of the Sacred Heart of Christ the King.

Judge Alito in 1985 document: abortion not a constitutional right

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the U.S. Department of Justice continues to release more documents on Supreme Court nominee Samuel J. Alito, one new, and particularly interesting file--to both sides of the abortion debate--cites the judge saying that he did not believe the constitution protected a woman’s right to have an abortion.

Cardinal Terrazas warns politicians not to jeopardize future of Bolivia

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his opening remarks at the 81st General Assembly of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, the Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, called on politicians not to jeopardize the country’s future and to seek “clear and urgent answers” in response to the demands of the people.

Colombian bishops call for recognition of rights of women and unborn

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Colombia has rejected a proposal being debated in Congress and argued before the Constitutional Court to legalize abortion in that country.

Pro-life conference ends in Peru with strong statement in defense of life and the family

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With a Mass celebrated by the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, the II International Pro-Life Congress concluded Sunday in Lima, Peru. 

Mexican bishops pledge to provide guidance during coming elections

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, said this week the role of the bishops in the coming elections would be to provide guidance and prayer so that the results would allow the country to move forward.

Pope shares concerns of Italian Bishops for Priest shortage and calls for better formation of priests

Nov 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict said he shared the Italian Bishops concern over the current shortage of priests in a message he sent as they gathered these days in Assisi for their General Assembly. 

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