Archive of March 2, 2006

Catholics seek ‘just model’ in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bosnia-Herzegovina’s new High Representative of the International community must seek “a just model” of rule for the country, where currently there is a “clash between radical movements, including nationalist ideologies and Islamic fundamentalism,” says the country’s Franciscan provincial superior.

North Korea ranked top persecutor of Christians

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the fourth straight year, North Korea has made the top spot on the 2006 Open Doors “World Watch List” of 50 countries where Christians are persecuted.

Democrats Statement of principles seen as a "sham" and "bundle of contradictions" by Catholic leaders

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Democrats’ “Statement of Principles”, signed by 55 Catholic Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives, is “a sham” and nothing more than a “statement of politics,” said Catholic League president William Donohue.

Massachusetts governor would support abortion ban, and would respect Catholic Charties regarding adoption by Homosexuals

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Gov. Mitt Romney said he would sign a bill banning abortion if one were passed and would meet with the state’s Catholic bishops to discuss their request to exempt Catholic Charities from providing adoptions to same-sex couples.

Holy Father drops traditional papal title in effort to show universality of papacy

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has chosen to drop the traditional papal title, “Patriarch of the West” reportedly, in hopes of furthering ecumenical conversations with Christian Orthodox Churches of the east.

Lent illuminates daily Christian struggle against evil, says Pope

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This love, he said, "must be translated into concrete gestures towards others, especially towards the poor and needy," namely because it constitutes one of the "essential elements of the life of Christians.”

Cardinal Levada explains reasons for not admitting homosexuals to the priesthood

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During an installation ceremony of the new rector of the North American Pontifical College in Rome, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said, “The public recognition of homosexuality places the priest at odds with the spousal character of love.”

Archbishop Cordes decries lack of apostolic spirit in certain ecclesial institutions

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Paul Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, said this week certain ecclesial institutions north of the Alps need to rid themselves of institutionalism and adopt a greater apostolic spirit and joy in the faith.

Colombian bishops organize campaign for International Women’s Day

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Secretariat for Social Ministry of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia will celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8 with a campaign designed to inform Colombians about the inequality many women experience in the workplace.

Commission to investigate persecution and collaboration of clergy during Communist Poland

Mar 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of historians and experts has established a commission in Krakow at the request of the city’s archbishop, Cardinal-designate Stanislao Dziwisz, to investigate the role of the clergy during the Communist regime.

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