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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.