Archive of February 24, 2006

Pakistani Prime Minister promises to protect religious minorities

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with a group of Catholic bishops in Islamabad, the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shaukat Aziz, promised he would protect the rights of religious minorities in the wake of an attack on a church over the ongoing Mohammed cartoons controversy.

Thousands of young people participate in family catechetical congress

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On February 19 more than 4,000 young people from different countries gathered together with Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, Archbishop of Lima, for the inauguration of a congress for family catechesis youth leaders.  The theme of the congress is: “Young man, get up, listen be nourished by the Eucharist, and set out with Jesus.”

Relics of St. Francis Xavier to be brought to Navarre

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Coinciding with the 500th anniversary of his birth, most important relic of St. Francis Xavier—the saint’s right arm--currently on display in the Church of Gesú in Rome, will be brought to Navarre, Spain on March 3.

Colombian bishop: Church leaders have right to encourage pro-life voting

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The secretary general of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda Lopez, said this week he was surprised by former president Alfonso Lopez Michelsen’s opposition to the bishops’ call to vote for pro-life policies and candidates in the upcoming elections.

Sister awarded Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice Award

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sr. Lourdes Sheehan, associate general secretary at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has been awarded the Holy Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Benedict XVI.

March calendar calls for prayer, almsgiving

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Lent calls Catholics to prayer, fasting and almsgiving. With the start of Lent March 1, the U.S. Catholic Bishops have issued a calendar that provides several opportunities for prayer and almsgiving within the Church.

Vatican officials call on Muslims to stop violence against Christians

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican is urging Islamic countries to show more tolerance towards Christian minorities after riots in Turkey and Nigeria saw two priests murdered and left 146 Christians and Muslims dead.

Bishop says ‘pro-choice’ Catholics adhere to ‘right-to-murder’ heresy

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker, Oregon, has warned the faithful that Catholic politicians or voters who are pro-abortion commit heresy against the Fifth Commandment’s prohibition of murder.

‘Blessed are the Peacemakers’, Pope Benedict tells Bishops of war-torn Bosnia-Herzegovina

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting today with prelates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the war-torn former Yugoslavia, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need for them to “be peacemakers” and to be a bridge between the Church and the greater society.

Pope will preside at Ash Wednesday Mass, procession; act will renew ancient tradition

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that next week, Pope Benedict himself will mark the beginning of lent with an Ash Wednesday Mass at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Sabina, an act which will serve to renew an ancient Lenten tradition long held by the Diocese of Rome.

Who decides nature of human embryos? Vatican conference to explore scientific, ethical issues

Feb 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today at the Vatican Press Office, a veritable who’s who of scientific and ethical experts gathered to discuss the nature of the human embryo, seeking to understand how it may be more fully understood and respected within an increasingly hostile society.

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