Archive of February 6, 2006

Election of the new Superior General of the Jesuits for 2008, names unveiled of frontrunners for the succession

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The General Assembly of Jesuits will meet on April 22 with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. In the letter convening the 35th General Congregation, the Superior General Fr. Hans Kolvenbach announced his wish to retire. A new Superior General will therefore be elected in April.

Archbishop calls simultaneous rejection of Iraq war and support for abortion hypocritical

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his most recent pastoral letter, Archbishop Francisco Gil Hellin of Burgos said it was hypocritical to be shocked by the Iraq war and yet support legal abortion in Spain, where 85,000 unborn are killed each year.

Cardinal Silvestrini: freedom to be satirical must not lead to offense of religious sentiments

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Archille Silvestrini, the former prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, has called the caricatures of the Islamic prophet Mohammed, published in the European press, a "scandal" that has offended the world’s Muslims.

Catholic group denounces killing of missionary in Philippines

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Good Shepherd Tribal Ministry in the Philippines has denounced the killing of lay missionary Matt Morales, who was a victim of paramilitary groups that frequently attack missionaries who work with the ethnic minorities on the southern island of Mindanao.

Sunday Mass smash hit on Catalonia TV station

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to the latest ratings, the Sunday Mass has become the most watched program on a television station in San Cugat in the Spanish province of Catalonia, with an average of 65,000 viewers each weekend.

Notre Dame president makes first trip to Vatican

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Fr. John Jenkins made his first trip to the Vatican last week as president of the University of Notre Dame, marking a new era in Notre Dame-Vatican relations.

Catholic parishes flourish

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Only four years after it was created, Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in LaGrange is ready to build a new 1,000-seat church.

Pro-life Ohio congressman elected party leader

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Members of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives have elected a pro-life Ohio congressman to become the second-ranking leader of the party in the lower chamber of Congress.

Measure to protect marriage dies in Maryland

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A measure that would have protected marriage as the union of one man and one woman in Maryland’s state constitution died Thursday in the Maryland House of Delegates. Republicans were hoping the measure would make it to a November ballot.

Pope decries assassination of Turkish priest, expresses hope that killing will be ‘seed for building authentic fraternity’ among peoples

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his personal condolences for the assassination of a Roman missionary priest, killed in Turkey Sunday shortly after celebrating Mass.

Vatican criticizes publication of offensive Muslim cartoons, as well as violent response

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As much of the world’s Muslim community remains up in arms over the publication of what they call offensive cartoons recently depicting the prophet Mohammed in a Danish newspaper, the Vatican has come out against the both the needless publication as well as a violent response on the part of many Muslims.

Jesus seeks to heal humanity; ill from ideologies, idolatries, says Pope

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrated Sunday at the Vatican’s parish of Saint Anne, Pope Benedict warned that a modern-day fog of ideologies and idolatries which ignore God, threatens to damage and distort true respect and dignity for the human person.

Pope Benedict: Culture of life must be based on attention to others, rejecting hedonism, discrimination

Feb 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During Sunday’s weekly Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict told thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square that a true “culture of life” must be focused on care for others and defense of the weak--not hedonism and pleasure-seeking self-service.

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