Archive of February 17, 2006

More than 50 percent of marriages in which the couples lived together before they married end in divorce, James Healy, director of the Office of Family Ministry for the Diocese of Joliet, told a group

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 50 percent of marriages in which the couples lived together before they married end in divorce, James Healy, director of the Office of Family Ministry for the Diocese of Joliet, told a group of 11 college students Feb. 13.

Church must be more open with media, say Australian bishops

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Australia needs to be more engaged in dialogue with the wider society and be more open to the media, said Archbishop Barry Hickey of Perth in a pastoral letter, issued on behalf of the country’s Catholic bishops.

New archbishop of San Francisco sets out pastoral plan

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new archbishop of San Francisco revealed important aspects of his pastoral plan Wednesday during his installation ceremony at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

Catholic League demands that anti-Catholic ads be pulled

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Fairness Foundation should immediately pull its ads that single out the billing practices of Catholic hospitals in Chicago and Washington, D.C., and cast them in a very negative light, said Catholic League president Bill Donohue.

Engage in modern cultural debate, defend truths of Church, Pope tells Italian Catholic journalists

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI met with journalists from the Italian “Civilta Cattolica”, a Jesuit magazine established by Blessed Pius IX in 1850. He told them that Catholics—particularly Catholic journalists--are called to develop a true dialogue with a world plagued by disorientation and “individualistic relativism.”

Can Islam and Christianity coexist? Vatican expert hopeful, but wary

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sandro Magister, one of the world’s foremost experts on the Vatican and religious relations, told a crowd gathered in Denver last night that while there is some hope for the future, he thinks that deep self-reform is necessary for Islam to assimilate to the modern world and be able to truly coexist with Christianity.

Spokesman for Spanish bishops slams new law on assisted reproduction

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reacting to passage of a new law on assisted reproduction by Spain’s House of Representatives, which would allow genetic selection, cloning and the selling of human embryos, the spokesman for the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said the measure was “very troubling” in its consequences for respect for human life.

Peruvian bishop argues science has not disproved abortifacient effect of morning after pill

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to statements by some congressional and presidential candidates in Peru regarding the distribution of the morning after pill, Bishop Miguel Irizar of Callao said this week that up to now there has been no scientific study disproving the abortifacient nature of the drug.

Investigation into murder of Mexican cardinal re-opened

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court of the Mexican state of Jalisco has nullified the sentences of 13 individuals involved in the killing of Cardinal Jesus Posadas Ocampo in 1993, resulting in the reopening of the investigation into the incident that continues to stir controversy among the Mexican public.

Apostolic Nuncio exhorts Mexicans to vote responsibly

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While participating in the installation of Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Villegas Aguilar of the Archdiocese of Michoacan and asked about the Church’s participation in the upcoming elections, the Apostolic Nuncio in Mexico, Archbishop Giuseppe Bertello, said the “Church desires to help and accompany the people in this electoral moment in order to strengthen the democratic system.”

Vatican confirms the appointment of Elias Shakur as Archbishop of the Greek-Catholic Melkite Church

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican and the Catholic Bishops' Synod  appointed on February 7, for the first time an Israeli citizen to preside over Israel's Catholic community as Archbishop of Akkra for the Greek-Catholic Melkite Church. The nomination was confirmed today by Pope Benedict XVI.

Women's Cancer Deaths Up, Men's Down -- Women's Group Berates American Cancer Society

Feb 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Coalition on Abortion/Breast Cancer,  a women's group, is aiming critics against the American Cancer Society (ACS) today because women's cancer deaths rose by 409 cases in 2003, while men's cancer deaths declined by 778 cases. Last week, the ACS celebrated a small net decrease of 369 cases - allegedly the first decline in deaths from all cancers since the government began keeping national statistics 75 years ago.

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