Archive of November 16, 2005

Msgr. David Malloy Elected USCCB General Secretary

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Reverend Monsignor David J. Malloy has been elected General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Pro-life group, Hillary Clinton agree: Bush should condemn forced abortion during China visit

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As U.S. President George Bush continues an historic four-country trip around Asia, some surprisingly strange bedfellows are joining together to urge the president’s condemnation of vast human-rights and reproductive violations in China, which he will visit over the weekend.

U.S. Catholic bishops issue guidelines for lay workers

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Catholic bishops covered a lot of ground in the two first days of their fall meeting. The bishops talked about Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, the role of the Catholic laity in public ministry, a reaffirmation of the church's opposition to the death penalty, changes to the order and language of the Mass, financial and spiritual support for the church in Africa, a new religious alliance against pornography and a report by the Catholic Near East Welfare Association.

Catholic development organization gives $2M in post-tsunami efforts

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has made its largest ever one-time contribution to a long-term development project. Nearly one year after a massive tsunami hit Southeast Asia, hundreds of thousands of people are still displaced and trying to rebuild their communities. Development and Peace has responded with a $2-million payment to a multi-country post-tsunami relief effort.

Refugee appeal board long overdue, Canadian bishops tell government

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has expressed its disappointment regarding the federal government’s decision not to introduce the refugee appeal mechanism, which is provided under Canadian law.

Archdiocese of Chicago annouces strategic plan to address Catholic schools challenges

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Office of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of Chicago unveiled on Monday Genesis: A New Beginning for Catholic Schools, a strategic plan for enhancing the Catholic identity, academic excellence and vitality of Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties.

Through periods of trial and liberation, God is always with His people, says Pope

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The continued presence of God with His people throughout history was the major theme of Pope Benedict XVI’s weekly Wednesday audience, held earlier today at the Vatican.

U.S. Bishops call for end to use of death penalty

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While pointing out that its moral gravity is different from that of always-evil acts like abortion and euthanasia, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has overwhelmingly approved a new statement, which calls for an end to this country’s use of the death penalty in a 237-4 vote.

Austrian cardinal says tendency towards secularization is not inevitable

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a interview on Austrian television last Sunday, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said the "tendency towards secularization should be considered an unalterable natural law."

Catholic clergy not involved in “marriage” of former Brazilian president

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jose Carlos Melo of Maceio, Brazil, said this week no Catholic priest was involved in a “simulated wedding” between Brazil’s ex-president, Fernando Collor de Mellor, and his most recent live-in companion at a church in Alagoas.

Vatican official says Church established accords with states, not governments

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, said this week the Church’s concordats and accords are made with states and not with the governments that happen to be in power at the time.

Dominican Republic cardinal warns of danger of violence against immigrants

Nov 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has asked the country’s authorities to address the problem of immigration in order to prevent an outbreak of violence between Dominicans and Haitian immigrants.

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