Archive of February 23, 2006

ACLU opposes creation of 'Catholic town'

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is opposed to the efforts of Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan to build a Catholic town, named Ave Maria, in Florida.

EU official condemns attacks on Catholic churches

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Violent attacks against the Catholic Church impacts the right of Catholics to practice their faith, said deputy chairman of the European Commission Franco Frattini.

North American nun closer to sainthood, second miracle attributed

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A second miracle has been attributed to Mother Theodore Guerin, opening the way for a possible canonization this fall.

Catholics fight proposal to oblige hospitals to provide ‘morning after pill’

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics have taken up the fight against a proposal in the Connecticut state legislature that would require all hospitals — including Catholic hospitals — to provide the emergency contraceptive Plan B, or the morning after pill, to rape victims.

Greek seminarians, priests to make historic visit to Rome; seek understanding between Orthodox and Catholic faiths

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to meet with priests and seminarians from Greece’s Orthodox Christian Church. It is hoped that the visit, which parallels a similar trip taken by Catholic priests and seminarians to Athens last year, will foster greater knowledge and understanding between the two faiths.

Vatican to release new pastoral document on care for often persecuted Gypsies

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples will present a new document dealing with the pastoral care of gypsies next Tuesday.

Massachusetts faithful elated, surprised over O’Malley’s elevation to Cardinal

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- When Pope Benedict XVI announced the list for his first group of named cardinals yesterday, some Catholics in Massachusetts were surprised to see their own Archbishop Sean O’Malley on the list--while others thought the elevation only fitting.

Chileans moved by testimony of young priest who succumbed to cancer

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Francisco Jimenez Araya, the Chilean priest who was diagnosed with cancer shortly before his ordination, died Wednesday morning in a hospital in the town of Illapel.  He faced his illness with great courage, and despite thinking at one point that he would not fulfill his life’s dream, he was able to do so before dying.

Archbishop of Toledo thankful for red hat, reaffirms mission to serve

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain, thanked Pope Benedict XVI this week for his appointment to the College of Cardinals and said that he never saw himself as a “Prince of the Church,” but rather only as “a servant, and nothing more than a servant.”

New cardinals express joy at news of appointment

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Upon receiving news of their appointment to the College of Cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI, several new cardinals expressed their joy and gratitude, as well as their sense of responsibility, over their new task in the Church.

New Venezuelan cardinal says appointment means greater service to the Church

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said he considers his appointment to the College of Cardinals an opportunity to deepen his commitment to God and a sign of the importance of the Church in Venezuela in the eyes of Pope Benedict XVI.

The Bishop of Ratisbon cuts financing of main secular organization, in move to counter groups hostile to the Church

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller has decided not to finance anymore the Central Committee of German Catholics, an organization which is nearing closer to movements which contemplate the Church as a “power fortress,” in need of reform and democratization.

Chinese Official warns newly appointed Cardinal, Bishop Zen, not to interfere into politics

Feb 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following the nomination of Hong Kong Bishop Joseph Zen, as one of the fifteen new Cardinals appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Chinese foreign ministry made known its position Thursday on the issue. It has warned the head of the Roman Catholic church in Hong Kong, Bishop Joseph Zen, not to meddle in politics.

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