Archive of January 31, 2006

Catholic League says New Hampshire bill targeting confessional should not pass

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic League is urging New Hampshire state legislators to reject a bill that would remove the priest-penitent privilege that has traditionally been granted by legislators and mandate all members of the clergy to report instances of suspected child abuse to the authorities.

Four churches, Vatican mission office targeted in Iraq

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A series of car bomb explosions Sunday near four Christian churches and the Vatican mission office killed three people and injured nine.

Australian churches protest bill that would ease access to abortion drug

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Christians across Australia held a National Day of Action Against RU486 on Sunday, protesting a bill that would loosen controls over importation of the abortion drug, which has been linked to at least five deaths in the United States and Canada.

Washington Episcopal diocese okays blessings of same-sex unions

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Episcopal Diocese of Washington voted to approve same-sex blessing ceremonies at its annual convention at the Washington National Cathedral Jan. 28.

Indifference to poor, self-centered isolation stand in marked contrast to ‘gaze of Christ’, says Pope

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican released the text of Pope Benedict XVI’s message for lent 2006. In it, he focuses his attention on the scourge of global underdevelopment and exhorts faithful to give the gift of themselves in solidarity with the poor and true imitation of Christ.

Cardinal George apologizes to disgruntled Chicago parishioners

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Recently released from Loyola University Hospital after a bout with dizzy spells, Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George met Monday night with members of a Chicago area parish whose pastor was removed because of molestation charges involving two boys between 2001 and 2005.

Pope names new Vice President for Pontifical Academy of Life

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Jean Laffitte as vice president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, replacing outgoing Msgr. Elio Sgreccia.

Catholics seek to return true meaning to St. Patrick’s Day

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The One Bread Lay Apostolate, a Catholic group in North Carolina, has decided to use its participation in the traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade to promote the authentic meaning of the Irish saint’s commemoration.

Documentary reveals truth behind abortion industry

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new documentary showing the truth behind “what happens in the dark world of abortion”  and produced by a group of Spanish specialists in the defense of women and human life has gone on sale in Spain.

World Forum on Ethics calls for family to be declared patrimony of humanity

Jan 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At the conclusion of the World Forum on Ethics, which was held simultaneously in five cities in Mexico from January 27-29, participants issued an “Ethical Decalogue” with the conclusions of the working sessions.  One of the most important points of the statement is the call to declare the family a patrimony of humanity.

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