Archive of March 6, 2006

Cardinal launches foundation to assist immigrants, refugees

Mar 6, 2006 - 10:00 pm .- One of Canada’s cardinals has launched a foundation to assist immigrants and refugees. Cardinal Marc Ouellet, archbishop of Quebec, began the foundation with a $20,000 personal donation and a matching donation from his archdiocese.

Brother of Terri Schindler-Schiavo Special Guest at 27th Annual Maryland Candlelight March for Life

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bobby Schindler, Brother of Terri Schiavo will be the special guest at the 27th annual  Maryland Candlelight March for Life that is to take place today in the evening in Annapolis.

Democrats For Life promotes initiative to reduce abortions

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Democrats For Life is “fully committed to promoting a culture of life,” and supports the recent Catholic Statement of Principles, says its executive director, Kristen Day.

Georgia bishops criticize proposed immigration reform

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Georgia’s proposed immigration reforms are “punitive” and run counter to Catholic social teaching which insists that the dignity and rights of undocumented immigrants be respected, said two Georgia bishops last week.

‘Dialogue with Islam needed to defend life, have world peace,’ concludes Catholic-Jewish meeting

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Participants at a high-level Catholic-Jewish meeting said they would like to involve Islam in a dialogue to help promote world peace and to defend life, from conception to natural death.

Mississippi governor says he would sign abortion ban

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour said last week that he would likely sign the state’s proposed abortion ban into law if it makes it to his desk.

Works of charity must not substitute for commitment to social justice, Pope tells Italian business leaders

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with 8,000 members of Italy’s Christian Union of Entrepreneurs and Managers (UCID), with whom he stressed the deep need for a Christian ethic in the world of business, particularly in building a socially just society.

True route to happiness, fulfillment is freedom from sin and lies, says Pope for first Sunday Lenten message

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Before praying his Sunday Angelus before a large crowd in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI told listeners that in order to discover true meaning for their lives, they must seek freedom from sin--something he called an apt activity for this season of Lent.

Gaining headway: Colorado Catholic Bishops endorse revised sexual abuse bill, continue to fight another

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a victory for the Catholic faithful of Colorado--and, as they would point out; the state’s young people--Colorado’s Catholic bishops have spoken out in favor of a newly amended state House Bill which no longer punishes the Church, as the bishops say it currently had.

World experts submit amicus briefs to stop legalization of abortion in Colombia

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- World-renowned pro-life expert Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Sciences, is among more than 100 experts from around the world who have submitted amicus briefs to the Colombian Constitutional Court to stop the legalization of abortion in that country.

CELAM asks monastic and contemplative communities to pray for upcoming Conference

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a letter addressed to members of all monastic and contemplative communities of the Americas, the leaders of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) asked for their prayers for the success of the V General Conference scheduled to be opened by Pope Benedict XVI in May 2007 in the Brazilian city of Aparecida.

Center dedicated to Padre Pio inaugurated in Brazil

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday a huge center dedicated to Padre Pio, including a church, a school and a clinic was inaugurated in the Brazilian town of Autazes.

Archbishop of Caracas says Church will offer mediation for dialogue between opposition and government

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas said last week the bishops of Venezuela would be willing to mediate a dialogue between opposition groups and the government of Hugo Chavez in order to ensure presidential elections scheduled for December 3 take place in climate of trust.

Spanish archbishop says term “pre-embryo” a mocker of human dignity

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Agustin Garcia Gasco, called on Spaniards to defend the dignity of human life at all stages and denounced the manipulation of language by those who “use the term pre-embryo to mock the human dignity of those most vulnerable.”

South Dakota Gov. signs Anti-abortion bill, widely acclaimed by Catholic groups

Mar 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The State of South Dakota made history this morning as Gov. Mike Rounds signed a ban on virtually all abortions in his state. This is the first abortion ban passed by a state legislature since the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that decriminalized abortion in all 50 states. The new law is scheduled to go into effect on July 1, 2006.

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