Archive of February 14, 2006

Pope may celebrate Mass in Munich during upcoming visit to Germany

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Munich, Cardinal Friedrich Wetter, has revealed new details about the visit Pope Benedict XVI is planning to make to his homeland in September, saying the Pontiff may celebrate a public Mass in his archdiocese.

Vandals believed to be behind killing of elderly missionary priest in Angola

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Fides news agency reports that according to the latest investigation, vandalism rather than politics was behind the killing in Angola last week of Father Jose Alfonso Moreira.

Colombian bishops travel to Cuba for talks with rebel leaders

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Four Colombian bishops traveled to Havana, Cuba, this weekend to participate in talks between leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN) and the Colombian government.

Polish lead EU in Sunday church attendance

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A survey of 17 European Union countries has revealed that 56.7% of the people of Poland attend church regularly on Sundays.  The Kath.net news agency reported that pollsters at the Mastershausen/Hünsruck Agency in Germany carried out the survey on church attendance in the EU.

A Clear and Coherent Direction in the Beginning of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate, says Vatican Expert.

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sandro Magister, a columnist for the Italian magazine L’Espresso and one of the top “Vaticanistas”, an expert on Church affairs and the intricate world of the Vatican, gave yesterday an interview in Washington to Catholic leaders. He drew on the first months of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, and the current situation of the Catholic Church. The event took place at the Cosmos Club in Washington DC, and was sponsored by the Athanasius Conferences -an iniciative of the Morley Institute- and Catholic News Agency.

Senator withdraws support for ban on human cloning

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Senator Jim Talent (R-Missouri) withdrew his name Feb. 10 as a cosponsor of the Human Cloning Prohibition Act, SB 658, saying he did not want a human cloning ban to impede newly emerging technologies.

New bill proposes sharper penalties for vandalism to houses of worship

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics should rally behind New York State Senator Jeffrey D. Klein and a new bill that he introduced that would sharply increase the penalties for vandalizing a house of worship, says the Catholic League. The bill also covers the destruction or theft of religious symbols.

Athlete entrusts Olympic dream to Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Olympian and cross-country skier Rebecca Dussault has placed her Olympic quest and hopes for a medal in the hands of her patron, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Appropriately, Blessed Frassati was a Turin native and a lover of sport.

Ad campaign discredits Catholic hospitals

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic hospitals in Illinois have come under sharp criticism with a recent ad campaign, which alleges that they are not meeting the obligations to maintain their tax-exempt status.

Holy See announces plans for 500th birthday of Vatican Museums

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today the Vatican announced plans for its celebration honoring the Vatican museums, which turn 500 this year. 

Pope says Christians must together witness God’s divine love to world

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As some 3000 participants gather in Brazil to commence the ninth General Assembly of the World Council of Churches, Pope Benedict XVI has sent his encouragement for the gathering and prayers that Christians can effectively work together to share the divine love of God with the world.

Colorado Catholics blast proposed State Bill, many call blatantly anti-Catholic

Feb 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For six hours yesterday, members of the Colorado State Senate heard testimony from both proponents and opponents of a proposed bill which would greatly expand the statute of limitations for victims of sexual abuse seeking recompense. The problem, according to critics however, is that the bill targets only private and religious entities--an act which many call blatantly anti-Catholic.

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