Archive of November 29, 2005

Illinois Bishop permits lay-led Sunday ‘celebrations’ in cases of emergency

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Because of a growing priest shortage in his diocese, Bishop Edward Braxton of Belleville Illinois has announced that lay ministers may preside at Sunday liturgical celebrations in certain cases of emergency, where there is no priest.

Cardinal Keeler appeals MD governor to stop scheduled execution

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Baltimore’s Cardinal William Keeler turned heads yesterday when he visited convicted murderer, Wesley Eugene Baker, and called on Maryland’s governor to stop his execution scheduled for next week.

Pope decrees Plenary Indulgence for Feast of Immaculate Conception

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a decree released today, Pope Benedict has announced that the Church will grant a Plenary Indulgence for the upcoming feast of the Immaculate Conception on December 8th.

Vatican officially releases instruction on homosexuals in seminaries

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican officially released its hotly debated new document regarding the admission of homosexuals to the priesthood. An Italian Catholic news agency leaked the document last week and a Vatican source had confirmed its authenticity, making the document’s contents already known.

Vatican ordains first priests in Vietnam

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 57 priests were ordained today in Viet Nam, in a move towards more religious freedom, in strongly secularized and officialy atheist country. 

Missouri Bishops speak out against embryonic stem cell research

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The issue of embryonic stem cell research has reached Missouri's Catholic churches. Sunday, parishioners were told not to support this kind of medical research.

Expert calls on movie industry to promote true value of women

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the II International Symposium on Education and Film, held in Valencia, Spain, the former director of the Interdisciplinary Group for Women’s Issues in Mexico, Valeria Guerra Soler, emphasized the need for women to have a more dynamic presence in the film industry and that movies should promote “a greater social presence for women.”

Martyrdom inseparable from authentic Christianity, says Mexican bishop

Nov 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a veneration ceremony of the martyrs of Leon, who were beatified last week in Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago said, “There is no authentic Christian who does not have the vocation to martyrdom,” and this is “inseparable from authentic Christianity.”

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