Archive of March 1, 2006

Pope names new bishop for Galveston-Houston

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, Texas. Coadjutor Archbishop Daniel DiNardo has been named the new archbishop.

Pro-life groups applaud Scheidler victory

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Priests for Life and Concerned Women for America (CWA) applaud the unanimous Supreme Court decision that peaceful demonstrations outside abortion clinics could not be deemed extortion.

Abortion dominates discussion on Catholic politicians

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Abortion dominated a discussion Feb. 27 at Boston College among prominent Catholic pundits and journalists. Nearly 6,000 people attended the 90-minute talk, entitled "Catholic Politicians in the U.S.: Their Faith and Public Policy."

Court rules abortion laws do not always require health exceptions

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a “per se” requirement Feb. 24 that all abortion statutes must contain an exception to protect the health or life of the mother in order to be constitutional.

Catholics should be proud of their faith and willing to share it, says newly appointed Cardinal Archbishop Ricard of Bordeaux.

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview granted to Catholic News Agency, Archbishop Ricard from Bordeaux, one of the 15 new Cardinals appointed by pope Benedict shared with us what he thinks are the main  challenges of the Church in a secularized society and the challenge  posed  by Islam to the Christians in Europe.

Pope promotes culture of solidarity inspired by evangelical values

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a telegram to the participants of a Vatican conference on micro-credit organized by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Pope Benedict XVI offered encouragement in making efforts toward "the promotion of a culture of solidarity inspired by evangelical values."

Samaritans of the Street reach out to drug addicts and troubled youth

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An outreach ministry to juvenile delinquents and drug addicts is making news in Cali, Colombia, where it is offering food, medicine, housing and personal assistance to troubled youth.

Half million copies of Deus Caritas est distributed in Spain during first month

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Since its publication one month ago, more than 515,000 copies of Pope Benedict XVI’s first encyclical “Deus Caritas est” have been distributed in Spain.  Publishers have announced they will be printing a new edition in order to meet the demand.

Italian intellectuals: moral and spiritual crisis prevents Europe from reacting to Islamic terrorism

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A significant number of Italian lawmakers, politicians and intellectuals, led by the president of the Italian Senate, Marcello Pera and including such individuals as Italy’s  Culture Minister, Rocco Buttiglione, has presented a manifesto in which they attribute the confusion and fear in Europe over Islamic fundamentalism and terrorism to “a moral and spiritual crisis” that prevents the continent from finding “the courage to react.”

Pope calls Lent ‘favorable moment to convert to love’, to look with compassion on our brothers and sisters

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI devoted much of today’s weekly audience to the season of Lent which begins today, recalling the Biblical symbolism of the season, and calling on faithful to use the 40 days to convert their own hearts to greater love.”

Pope Benedict prays for young people, their search for life

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer intention for the month of March will focus on young people, particularly those searching for their own true sense of life.

Archbishop Naumann: either allow discussion of Intelligent Design into classrooms, or keep philosophy of materialism out

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Adding his voice to the volatile national debate over the teaching of Intelligent Design in the science classroom, Kansas City, Kansas’ Archbishop Joseph Naumann called for educational consistency across the board, saying either Intelligent Design philosophies should be allowed in, or secular ones taken out.

Marriage: a lifelong union of a man and a woman joined in an intimate community of life and love, say Arizona Bishops

Mar 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to a growing movement that favors making same-sex unions the equivalent of marriage, the Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops have released a joint pastoral statement entitled “Why is Marriage Important to the Catholic Church?”

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