Archive of November 23, 2005

Catholic Charities ranked second-largest nonprofit in US

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has received two top rankings by respected nonprofit publications. It was ranked the second-largest nonprofit organization in the United States, by The NonProfit Times, and The Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked it 10th among the nation's largest fundraising organizations.

US backs Vatican effort to improve relations with China

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. ambassador to the Holy See said one of his priorities is to support the Vatican's efforts for improved relations with and greater religious freedom in China.

$3M goes to five dioceses for post-hurricane reconstruction

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on the Home Missions has awarded a special $3-million grant to the five dioceses most affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

World Council of Churches, Catholic Church celebrate 40 years of ecumenism

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Four decades of cooperation, between the World Council of Churches and the Catholic Church, for the advancement of ecumenism was the focus of the celebrations at a two-day conference last weekend.

U.S. Vatican ambassador says new document on homosexuality will make Church stronger

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Remarking yesterday on the long-awaited release of a Vatican document regarding admission of homosexuals to Catholic seminaries, the U.S.’s ambassador to the Holy See, Francis Rooney said that ultimately, he thinks the new document will strengthen the Church.

Through Christ, ‘we reach infinite, glorious depths of God,’ says Pope

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In today’s general audience, Pope Benedict XVI explained to a large number of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that the through Christ, “the work of God the Father is revealed and accomplished.

Cinema has potential to spiritually guide man to essential understanding of himself, says Archbishop Foley

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As he inaugurated the 9th International Congress on Cinema and Spirituality last evening, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, expressed his hope that the spiritual potential of film could place itself at the service of mankind.

Boston Archbishop cancels attendance at Catholic Charities dinner honoring pro-abortion mayor

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston has confirmed that Archbishop Sean O’Malley will not attend a Christmas dinner hosted by the local Catholic Charities organization, at which the group will honor pro-abortion Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Colombian bishops praise restarting of negotiations between government and rebel leaders

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Fabian Marulanda of Florencia and Secretary General of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia praised the decision by President Alvaro Uribe to seek the creation of an international commission to facilitate humanitarian negotiations with the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Argentinean bishop says sins of omission are also sign of rejection of God

Nov 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, said this week “the rejection of God is not only conveyed by our evil actions, but also by sins of omission, which always suppress the good works we were called to do.”

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