Archive of February 2, 2006

Democrats oppose Supreme Court nominees not backed by abortion industry, says priest

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic priest says the Democrats’ nearly unanimous opposition to Justice Samuel Alito for the Supreme Court in the Jan. 31 vote clearly shows that “Senate Democrats will oppose any nominee to the Supreme Court that does not receive the abortion industry’s stamp of approval.”

US bishops’ conference urges Congress to support ‘Holly’s Law’

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is urging Congress to put “Holly’s Law” to a vote as quickly as possible. The law would temporarily suspend FDA approval of abortion drug RU-486 and set up a review.

New round begins in US Lutheran-Roman Catholic dialogue

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 20 Lutheran and Roman Catholic leaders in the United States are set to continue their dialogue toward unity April 20-23 in Phoenix. The leaders had their first meeting of Round XI at the Cenacle Conference and Retreat Center in Washington Dec. 1-4.

Catholic Charities USA urges Congress not to slash vital programs for poor

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA, one of the nation’s largest social service networks, is making a last-minute plea to the U.S. House of Representatives to protect government programs for the poor from the budget axe.

Totalitarian tendencies threatening “democratic” regimes, warns Vatican cardinal

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, Cardinal Julian Herranz, warned in Madrid this week against “ideological totalitarian tendencies” that “can manifest themselves in regimes that consider themselves democratic.”

Iraqi archbishop says Christian community becoming “Church of martyrs”

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reacting to a series of explosions this past Sunday in Christian churches throughout Iraq, Archbishop Louis Sako of Kirkuk said, “The Iraqi Christian community is once again becoming a Church of martyrs.” 

Argentina medial society backs government official’s opposition to drug parties

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Society of Medical and Biological Ethics of Argentina announced its support this week for the Health Minister of the Buenos Aires province, Claudio Mate, who is opposing the so-called “Raves” parties during which hundreds of young people consume illegal drugs.

“Be strong in faith,” theme for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Poland.

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “Be strong in faith,” is the theme chosen to accompany Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to  Poland, planned for the end of May of 2006.

Pope accepts Bishop Gumbleton’s resignation

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict accepted the resignation from the office of auxiliary of the archdiocese of Detroit, U.S.A., presented by Thomas J. Gumbleton, upon having reached the age limit.

Pope to Consecrated: you are like sentinels that glimpse and announce the new life that is already present in history

Feb 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of the World day of Consecrated life, Pope Benedict refered to consecrated persons as "an announcement of God’s presence, made loud and clear in a language that is comprehensible even to our contemporaries," "the eloquent sign of the presence of the Kingdom of God in today’s world. They are like sentinels that glimpse and announce the new life that is already present in history," the pope said in todays homily. 

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