Archive of January 24, 2006

Catholic youth organize largest public display of faith in decades

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The largest public demonstration of Catholic faith in decades hit the streets of Brisbane Saturday, when more than 500 Catholic youth processed through the city center.

Thousands call for a culture of life in France

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- About 10,000 people marched through the streets of Paris Sunday, calling for an end to abortion and the creation of a culture of life in France.

Pro-lifers converge on Washington for March for Life

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 100,000 Americans converged on the nation's capital for the March for Life yesterday. The event marked the anniversary of Roe v. Wade and called for a culture of life in America. Marchers from across the country and from various ages, backgrounds and political views, sang, prayed and shared their views against abortion.

The World Jewish Congress to meet with Vatican officials

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of the Jewish and Christian faiths will meet to discuss how to expand the existing dialogue between Jews and Catholics as a platform to achieve better understanding and cooperation.

Canada elects pro-family government

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life and pro-family groups are hopeful that the newly elected Conservative government of Stephen Harper will make good on its campaign promises.

Pope Benedict: Media must be responsible, protagonist of truth, not self-serving, profit-driven

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican released Pope Benedict’s message for this year’s World Day of Social Communications, in which he said that with the proper focus, mass media can be used as a tool to foster the dignity of the human person and promote truth and peace.

Pope expresses condolences for death of Kosovo president, prays for ‘abundant blessings’ on citizens

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following Saturday’s death of Ibrahim Rugova, president of Kosovo, Pope Benedict has sent a telegram--by way of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano--to Bishop Zef Gashi S.D.B., apostolic administrator of Prizren, Srbija i Crna Gora, expressing his condolences and prayers for the people of that country.

Spanish Jesuits call John Paul II’s ministry “spectacular” but superficial

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A controversial editorial published in Mensajero, one of the official publications of the Jesuit Order in Spain, has characterized the pontificate of Pope John Paul II as raising suspicions about the Jesuits and of being incapable of resolving the breach between the faith and the modern world.

Urgent need for Christian witness in public life says Venezuelan bishop

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the feast of St. Sebastian this week, Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal, Venezuela, said the country was in urgent need of Catholics who bear public witness to their faith in the midst of the country’s current difficulties.

Governing “as if God didn’t exist” leads to personal and social disintegration, Archbishop says

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said this week “society cannot be governed or built up as if God didn’t exist” because such a mentality “only leads to injustice, to personal and social disintegration.”

Thousands volunteer to help at World Meeting of Families 2006

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to the AVAN news agency, more than 2,300 volunteers have signed up to assist in the organization and celebration of the V World Meeting of Families, to be held July 1-9 in Valencia, Spain.

Schiavo husband remarries in Catholic Church

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Michael Schiavo, former husband of brain-damaged Terri Schiavo, who died of forced starvation last spring, married his long-time girlfriend in Espiritu Santo Catholic Church, near Tampa, Florida.

Notre Dame University president questions stance of University towards controversial events on Campus

Jan 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new University of Notre Dame president questioned Monday whether controversial events should take place on campus or be sponsored by university departments. Among these are "The Vagina Monologues" and a Queer Film Festival which have been held  each year on campus the past few years.

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