Archive of March 3, 2006

Boston Bishops may be poised to regain control over controversial Catholic Charities

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishops of the Archdiocese of Boston, who for years have been all but powerless in controlling of the local branch of Catholic Charities, may finally regain their practical authority over the controversial Massachusetts organization. Earlier today, seven board members opted to resign their posts.

Italian journalist calls for Catholic “Anti-defamation League”

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an article published recently by the Spanish daily La Razon, renowned Italian author Vittorio Messori said he is convinced “Catholicism today needs more than ever its own Anti-defamation League” similar to the organization that defends Jewish interests.

“Sexual liberation” cause of disorders in one in four German youth

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of an evangelical organization in Germany dedicated to issues related to sexuality and bioethics presented various studies this week that show that one in four young people in that country suffer from psychosomatic problems as a result of “sexual liberation.”

Catholic Church in Germany to send Lenten Biblical passages via cell phone text messaging

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Germany has launched a Lenten outreach effort by which Biblical passages will be sent via cell phone text messaging to help the faithful prepare for Easter.

Bishop decries silence of political leaders in response to attacks on Christianity in Spain

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Juan del Rio of Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, decried this week what he called the double-standard that exists in the country, as Spain’s leaders “call for ‘sensitivity’ in understanding Islam but remain silent or look the other way in response to attacks on Christianity.”

Catholic Charities shares goals, frustrations of recent post-Katrina efforts

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In addition to working in the Gulf region, the Washington-based agency continues its work for and on behalf of the country’s most vulnerable. It is seeking immigration reform with regard to illegal immigrants, who despite their political status, help to maintain the country’s economy.

Anglican-Catholic talks to continue, says bishop

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The talks between the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches will continue, said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity.

Pope tells Roman clergy: ‘ultimate significance of cross, is offering of self for others’

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, as the Church began its observance of Lent, Pope Benedict XVI met with clergy from the diocese of Rome, with whom he stressed the importance of ministry to families, to women, to the unborn and ultimately, the ministry of giving their own lives in service to others.

Vatican Radio serves truth of Christ, builds world reconciliation, says Pope during visit

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI visited the studios of Vatican Radio, currently celebrating its 75th anniversary, where he told workers and technicians that theirs is the “good fight…of spreading the Gospel of Christ” to the world.

Vatican calls on U.N. to strengthen policies promoting dignity of women

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a United Nations Commission on the economic and social status of women, a Holy See delegation adamantly called for new policies protecting women worldwide from the violence, human trafficking and exploitation which plague them in many regions.

Human dignity not being fully respected in Guantanamo prison says Cardinal Martino

Mar 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of  Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace,   criticized the way the United States is treating some 500 inmates at its Guantanamo Bay naval base prison. Martino visited the Caribbean island to attend celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the first bishops conference allowed following the Cuban revolution. He also held talks with Cuban leader Fidel Castro.

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