Archive of April 29, 2005

Pope Benedict’s first trip will be to Bari

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has confirmed hopes that recently elected Pope Benedict XVI would travel to Bari to close Italy’s National Eucharistic Conference.

The “reform of the reform” has begun, says Vatican analyst

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly column, the renowned Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of “L’Espresso” says recent actions and statements by Pope Benedict XVI signal the beginning of the “reform of the reform.”

New Swiss Guard to be sworn in historic ceremony

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that thirty-one new recruits of the Pontifical Swiss Guard will take their official oath to guard and defend the Pope in a historic ceremony on May 6th.

European Council rejects legalization of euthanasia

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A bill that would have legalized euthanasia throughout Europe, following the Belgian and Dutch models, has been rejected by a vote of 128 to 56 in the Parliamentary Assembly of the European Council.

Archbishop Chaput: Pope Benedict will have no ‘media honeymoon’

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In his most recent weekly column, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput defended Pope Benedict XVI against recent slander and explained why the new Pope would have no “media honeymoon.”

U.S. networks downplay pro-Pope polls, reveal liberal media bias

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A poll by ABC and The Washington Post demonstrated that 81 percent of U.S. Catholics approve of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI, but both media outlets downplayed these results, observed media analyst Tim Graham.

USCCB official hails passage of interstate abortion bill, urges Senate to follow through

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An official of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging the Senate to pass a bill that would prevent adults from accompanying minor girls across state lines for an abortion without their parents’ consent.

New federal budget ‘hard to justify’: Catholic Charities USA

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA is disappointed that the federal budget for 2006 includes $35 billion in mandatory spending cuts, including $9 billion in the Medicaid program.

Alaska family files lawsuit over secret, government-funded abortion

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The parents of a then 15-year old girl are suing an Alaska hospital whose social worker secretly flew her and her boyfriend to Seattle in March of 2003, on government money to have an abortion.

Vatican to issue last coins with image of John Paul II

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican put into circulation on Thursday the last series of euros with the image of the late Pope John Paul II.

Argentinean bishop: “Benedict XVI was sent by God”

Apr 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Agustin Radrizzani of Lomas de Zamora, Argentina, said this week Pope Benedict XVI was “sent by God” and he noted that “the announcement of his election brought us joy because orphanhood disappeared as the Lord gave us a new Vicar who would represent Him.”

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