Archive of December 13, 2005

Panel remembers persecuted Christians during Christmas season

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver will participate in a panel discussion on Christian persecution around the world, called “Christmas Under Siege Around the World.

Top Catholic cleric in Holy Land says security barrier serves no purpose

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .-  The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Michel Sabbah, has called for the removal of the separation barrier being constructed between the West Bank and Israel.

Catholics condemn South Park episode, call for program’s review

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and a board member of a network’s parent company have condemned last week's episode of South Park, saying it was appalling and disrespectful of the Virgin Mary.

US bishops asked Schwarzenegger to grant Williams’ clemency

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops joined numerous human rights organizations and celebrities last week in asking California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to commute Stanley Tookie Williams’ death sentence.

Pope Benedict: Truth as a weapon against world violence, fear

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of ongoing war in the Middle East, recent terror attacks throughout the world and tenuous political balances in many countries, Pope Benedict XVI has released his message for January’s World Day of Peace, calling for peace in the light of truth.

Sample becomes new Bishop of Marquette

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that Father Alexander K. Sample, chancellor of the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan, has been appointed the new bishop of that diocese.

Priest explains growth of Catholicism in central China

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a recent visit to the headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need, the director of the Catholic Social Center of the Diocese of Xi’an in Shaanxi, China, Father Stephen Chen, said that his diocese has experienced enormous growth during the last few years, but that it is still in need of prayer and material assistance.

Hospital in Bethlehem reaches out to poor mothers

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Family Hospital in Bethlehem has launched a new program to reach out to mothers who live in extreme poverty in the region.

Papal visit to Spain in 2006 confirmed

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia of Valencia, Spain, has confirmed the visit by Pope Benedict XVI to that country in July of 2006 for “at least two days” in order to attend the V World Meeting of Families.

American scientist to publish book on pre-natal life

Dec 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An American scientist is set to publish a crucial new book on the pre-natal behavior of babies that is expected to have a profound impact on the issue of abortion.

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