Archive of March 10, 2006

Catholic groups urge director to include disclaimer in Da Vinci film

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two Catholic organizations are urging director Ron Howard to include a disclaimer at the beginning of his soon-to-be-released film, based on Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.

US bishops seek to educate about Jesus prior to release of Da Vinci Code film

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an attempt to clear up any confusion about Jesus and Christianity that might emerge with the theatre release of The Da Vinci Code, the U.S. bishops’ Catholic Communication Campaign has made available key resources with accurate information about Jesus and the Church.

Catholics protest bill that would require hospitals to give morning-after pill

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Connecticut are protesting a bill that would require Catholic hospitals to provide the morning-after pill to rape victims.

Pope encourages Latin American Catholic movements to be missionaries to Gospel message

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As leaders of new Catholic Communities and lay Movements meet in Bogotá, Colombia this week, Pope Benedict XVI has sent a special message--by way of his secretary of state--calling for a missionary spirit among the groups, that aims to reach out to a suffering world who may not know Jesus Christ.

Catholics in China want to re-establish relations with Vatican, says Hong Kong Bishop Zen.

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Increasingly, Catholics in China want to re-establish relations with the Holy See and that the latter is ready to move from Taiwan to Beijing, said Bishop Zen Ze Kium.

African, European University students to gather with Pope for historic meeting

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Tomorrow at the Vatican, some 7,000 university students from around Europe and Africa are scheduled to meet with Pope Benedict XVI in an historic call for cooperation between students on the two continents.

Courage in faith in the face of difficulties in evangelization

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .-  During his Lenten meditations for the Roman Curia this week, Cardinal Marco Ce, who is preaching the retreat for Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican leaders, offered some reflections on the difficulties which arise from preaching the Gospel and the courage which the Church and her ministers must embrace in addressing them.

Family coalition decries Spanish government’s manipulation of language referring to parents

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Platform for the Promotion of the Family in Spain announced this week it would not remain indifferent in the face of efforts by the country’s Socialist government to confuse and distort the terminology of the universal concepts of father and mother.

Church commission established to oversee electoral process in Venezuela

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela has revealed the names of the members of a newly established commission that will oversee the country’s upcoming presidential elections and will seek to facilitate dialogue among the diverse candidates in an atmosphere of peace and understanding.

Dialogue and religious freedom only way to avoid fundamentalism, says Vatican cardinal

Mar 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, said this week both political and religious fundamentalism can be avoided only through dialogue and religious freedom.

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