Archive of February 20, 2006

New York Appellate Court rejects same-sex marriage

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .-  New York’s second highest court ruled Feb. 16 that same-sex couples have no right to a marriage license under existing state law, reported Jan LaRue, chief counsel for Concerned Women of America.

JustFaith program ‘transforms’ lives, emphasizes Catholic social teaching

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Dozens of Portland-area Catholics are following a new program, which has been transforming lives through the social teachings of the Church.

Catholic-Buddhist dialogue continues

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Buddhists and Christians learned more about their most basic, if contrasting, convictions and agreed to develop more collaborative social justice projects at their fourth dialogue last month.

South Dakota takes one more step toward banning abortion

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The South Dakota Senate State Affairs Committee passed legislation Feb. 17 that will ban abortion in the state. HB 1215 moved out of committee with a 5-2 vote. It is expected to face a final vote in the full Senate by Thursday.

Catholic League president denounces hypocrisy in treatment of Cartoons in University.

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue, decried the suspensions of the editor-in-chief and the opinions page editor of the Daily Illini, the student newspaper at the Urbana-Champaign campus of the University of Illinois, for republishing cartoons that mock the Prophet Mohammed, arguing the suspensions were hypocritical of the school’s chancellor.

Union with Christ, commitment to sacraments and truth most important to ministry of permanent deacons, says Pope

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with some 400 permanent deacons from around Rome, telling them that they have a unique, family-oriented ministry to evangelize with the truth of the Gospel and a spirit of charity toward the poor.

Pope presented with yearly report on the state of the Church

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, the Holy See’s Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano presented Pope Benedict XVI with the Vatican’s annual report on the state of the Church which, this year, summarized the first year of his pontificate.

Paralyzed by sin, man needs the mercy of God, says Pope

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting on Jesus’ miracles of physical healing, which are being described in the Sunday Gospel readings during the coming weeks, Pope Benedict XVI stressed on Sunday, that modern man is no less plagued by paralysis--namely caused by sin--and in need of God’s healing and mercy, than the scriptural figures in Jesus’ time were.

Pope calls on African bishops to build harmony, evangelization and priestly formation, tells to be ‘sure points of reference for your people’

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier this morning, Pope Benedict met with prelates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Guinea-Bissau on Africa, with whom he stressed the need for harmony and strong faith formation in an area often wracked by violence, poverty and being home to a diverse religious population.

Religious respect the only road to peace, fraternity for peoples of faith and good will, Pope tells Moroccan diplomat

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with Ali Achour, Morocco’s new ambassador to the Holy See, with whom he stressed the dignity of immigrants and importance of respect and consideration for the religious beliefs and practices of different peoples.

New martyrs memorial unveiled in Kazakhstan

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic delegate for Greek-Catholics in Kazakhstan and Middle Asia, Fr. Vasyl Hovera, announced recently the unveiling of a new monument in memory of the Ukrainian martyrs of the gulag in a cemetery in the town of Dolinka.

Catholic Charities in Bolivia launches emergency plan to assist flood victims

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities in Bolivia is preparing to launch an emergency assistance program to help the more than 9,000 people affected by widespread flooding and mudslides caused by heavy rainfall at the end of January.  The organization has appealed to the worldwide network of Catholic Charities to order to effectively address the emergency that has caused over 14 deaths and scores of injuries in the regions of La Paz, Santa Cruz, Beni and Potosi.

Spanish bishops decries new law on assisted reproduction

Feb 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Archdiocese of Madrid’s news service Analisis Digital, the president of the Spanish Bishops’ Subcommittee on Family and Life, Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Pla, denounced the new law on assisted reproduction passed last week by the country’s House of Representatives, saying it opened the doors to such horrors as “bio-adultery and genetic incest.”  The new law, he warned, would lead to “the silent and unstoppable suicide of our civilization.”

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