Archive of January 26, 2006

Gearing up to celebrate Catholic schools

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics across the country are encouraged to celebrate the quality education Catholic schools offer during Catholic Schools Week, which begins on the last Sunday of January and runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 4.

Faith leaders form coalition against Massachusetts’ financial disclosure bill

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Non-Catholic religious leaders in Massachusetts have sided with the Archdiocese of Boston against a state bill that would require religious denominations and congregations to publicly disclose their finances and real estate holdings.

NBC dumps ‘Book of Daniel’

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The cancellation of the new television show “The Book of Daniel” is “good news for Christians and bad news for those who get their jollies trying to disparage them,” says the Catholic League.

Bishops of Scotland call for promotion, protection of family

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Scotland have issued a pastoral letter on family life to the country’s 500 parishes, criticizing the recent same-sex union legislation and calling on society to promote the family.

Christian unity necessary for successful spread of Christ’s light to world, says Pope

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Last evening at Rome’s Basilica of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls, Pope Benedict closed the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with a vespers reflection on the profound need for Christian unity in order to effectively spread the Gospel and Christ’s message of salvation throughout the world

Pope Benedict: Courage, prayer required for rebuilding Christian unity in Europe

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict met with preparatory members of the European Ecumenical Assembly. He chose the occasion to tell his listeners that the Christian mission will only be fruitful and “enlightening” if Christians have the courage to decisively continue “down the path of reconciliation and unity.”

Cardinal Kasper to make historic trip to Armenia, Georgia, Eastern Orthodox churches

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that Cardinal Walter Kasper, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Unity, will head up a Holy See delegation traveling to Armenia for an historic meeting of the joint international commission for theological dialogue between Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.

London court authorizes abortion for minors without parental consent

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The High Court of London has ruled that girls under the age of 16 can obtain an abortion without the consent of their parents. The ruling comes as the United Kingdom posts the highest rate of adolescent pregnancies in Europe.

Spanish government to push homosexual agenda at World Social Forum

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Spanish government official in charge of working with NGOs has announced he will advance the Zapatero administration’s proposals for Latin America, including gay “marriage,” at the upcoming World Social Forum in Venezuela.

Former colleague at CDF says Pope’s encyclical an invitation to return to basics of Christianity

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop Angelo Amato, who worked with then Cardinal Ratzinger at the dicastery, said the first encyclical by Pope Benedict XVI, “Deus caritas est”, is an “invitation to return to the basics of Christianity.”

Venezuelan bishops demand respect from government to improve cooperation

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A delegation of Venezuelan bishops who met with President Hugo Chavez on Wednesday told the leader they would like greater mutual respect between the Church and the government in order to foster cooperation between the two.

U.S. Experts laud new Papal Encyclical; dismiss criticism of being ‘uncontroversial’

Jan 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As  the world begins to sink its teeth into “Deus Caritas est”, the first Encyclical of Pope Benedict XVI, many experts--on all sides of the political aisles-- are lauding the new work as an essential and critical teaching on the core values of the Church.

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