Archive of November 17, 2005

Catholic shrine pulls plug on national pro-life conference

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- St. Joseph’s Oratory has pulled the plug on a national pro-life conference due to threats of protest from pro-choice and homosexual activists.

Catholic women take life issues to Parliament Hill

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Women’s League is calling on the federal government this month to take action on a number of sociopolitical, economic, life and health issues at their annual meeting with government officials in Ottawa.

Catholic doctors urge continued ban on abortion drug

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Australian Catholic doctors are backing a number of MPs in their efforts to maintain a ban of the abortion drug Mifepristone (RU486), which is being dubbed "human pesticide."

Critics surprised by success of monastic documentary

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The first 20 minutes are spent in complete silence, and even thereafter, words are few and far between. Nevertheless, Into the Silence, a new documentary about the life of a Carthusian monastery, nestled high in the French alps has gained considerable attention.

In ‘profoundly changing times’, Pope calls for greater pastoral care, education for seminarians

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As vocational problems and priestly scandals continue to arise in some regions of the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict today, called for more priests who are fully aware of the gift of grace received in ordination, and of the important mission entrusted to them.

Caring for sick is ‘emblem of Christian charity’, says Pope

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a message, sent today to the Italian Episcopal Conference (CEI), currently meeting in Assisi, Italy, Pope Benedict stressed the importance of Catholic health care ministry,  saying that it stems from the heart of the Church’s mission.

Religious freedom central to human rights, says bishop

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The cause of religious liberty must be a fundamental priority of United States foreign policy, said Bishop Ricardo Ramirez Tuesday on Capitol Hill.

As historic Church document comes to new light, Pope Benedict invites Greek patriarch to Vatican, encourages further unity

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an historic event yesterday in Athens, Greece, Vatican archivist and librarian, Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, officially announced the new publication of the ancient manuscript, "Menologue of Basil II," currently being held at the Vatican’s Apostolic Library.

Pope Benedict meets with Israeli president, renews call for peaceful coexistence with Palestinians

Nov 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with Israeli President Moshe Katsay earlier today, Pope Benedict stressed his continued desire for the peaceful co-existence and collaboration of Israel and Palestine, two independent states within the violence-wracked Holy Land.

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