Archive of February 9, 2006

Body of murdered Italian priest arrives in Rome

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The body of a murdered Italian priest arrived in Rome by military plane Monday.

Bishop Niederauer celebrates farewell mass in Salt Lake City

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- It was a touching farewell mass and reception Sunday for Bishop George Niederauer, who will take up his duties as archbishop of San Francisco Feb. 15, after serving as the bishop of the Diocese of Salt Lake City for 11 years.

Chicago organizes ‘Catholic festival’ to inspire, deepen faith

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago has organized its second Catholic Festival of Faith. It will be held Feb. 12-18 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Pope holds audience with Laura Bush

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- First Lady Laura Bush had an audience with Pope Benedict XVI this morning, during her stop in the Italian capital on her way to the opening of the Olympic Winter Games in Turin tomorrow, reported ANSA.

An Arabe-Israeli appointed new Bishop of Galilee

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican and the Synod of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch, who met Wednesday in Beirut, appointed Father Elias Shakur archbishop of the Galilee.

French government allows embryonic stem cell research on frozen embryos.

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The French Government officially published in its official paper on February 6, the decree relative to research on the embryo, and therefore altering the current code of public health, The law itself was voted in August 2004.

Federal court orders justice of the peace in Valencia to preside at homosexual “weddings”

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A federal panel of judges in Spain has rejected the petition by a justice of the peace in Valencia to abstain from presiding at “civil marriages” between same-sex partners.

Mexican official under pressure to resign for public expression of faith

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Front for Secular Culture, a conglomerate of anti-religious groups such as Catholics for a Free Choice, is demanding Mexican Interior Secretary Carlos Abascal “evaluate” whether or not he will remain in his post after expressing his Catholic faith in public.

Pope exhorts Brazilian bishops to proclaim Gospel of Peace

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a telegram to Cardinal Eusebio Scheid, Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, Pope Benedict XVI sent his blessing to the 106 bishops gathered in the Brazilian city, exhorting them to proclaim and bear witness to the Gospel of Peace.

Sony Pictures provides sounding board for Da Vinci Code critics

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Far ahead of the May 19th film release of the “DaVinci Code“--adapted from the popular but controversial Dan Brown novel, Sony Motion Pictures corporation has decided to address the film’s numerous critics--by providing them a platform.

Vatican confirms: Pope will travel to Turkey in November

Feb 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican confirmed that Pope Benedict XVI will, in fact, make a much anticipated trip to Turkey in November at the invitation of that country’s president.

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