Archive of March 13, 2006

Civil rights, family leaders call for Spain’s Secretary for Education to resign

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Eduardo Hertfelder, president of Spain’s Institute for Family Policy, has called for the resignation of  Spain’s Secretary for Education, Alejandro Tiana, for defending unconstitutional positions.

Ecclesial movements hold “precious evangelizing potential” says Vatican official

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the first ‘Encounter of  Ecclesial Movements and New Communities’continues in Bogota, Colombia, the president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Archbishop Stanislaw Rylko, told delegates that, “The ecclesial movements and new communities are bearers of a precious evangelization potential which the Church urgently needs today.  They represent a richness still unknown and underappreciated.”

Massive pro-life march set to take place in Colombia

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The community of Salesians in Bogotá, Colombia, have chosen the theme “Defend the life of the unborn with me,” in organizing a massive Pilgrimage for Life, due to take place on April 2nd.

Relics of Spanish civil war martyrs sent to over thirty countries, including US

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As it celebrates the fifth anniversary of the beatification of 233 martyrs from 1936’s Spanish civil war, the Archdiocese of Valencia has distributed more than 2,000 relics for veneration in parishes and religious communities in more than 30 countries.

Prefect says Catholic agencies should not allow gay adoptions, San Francisco reconsiders policy

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said Catholic social service agencies should not place children with same-sex couples.

Quebec bishops respond to dissenting priests

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to 19 dissenting priests, the Quebec bishops have issued a press release calling for mutual understanding and unity in the Church.

USCCB Web site proves Da Vinci Code is ‘museum of errors’

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Da Vinci Code is “a museum of errors,” says Elizabeth Lev. The art history professor at Duquesne University’s Italian campus is only one of several experts who have contributed to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ new Web site, Jesus Decoded.

Pope Benedict: Christians cannot bring world the joy of Christ if we are not profoundly united with Him

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, just after Pope Benedict XVI and the Roman Curia had completed their annual Lenten spiritual exercises, the Holy Father recalled the past week’s profound experiences and called on Christians to bring the “joyful news” of Christ to the world.

Not just distant lands, but hearts are main beneficiaries of Church’s missionary activity, says Pope

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday morning, Pope Benedict XVI met with delegates taking part in an international congress marking the 40th anniversary of the Vatican Council II Decree "Ad gentes. He told them that the Church “in our time” is called to serve humanity, always trusting completely in the person of Jesus Christ.

In poignant meeting with university students, Pope encourages greater fraternity between Europe and Africa

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday evening, Pope Benedict XVI met with some 7,000 European and African University students, whom he urged toward greater fraternity, as well as the building of a “culture of love,” to counter what John Paul II had coined “the culture of death.”

Pope says commitment of Lent is listening to Christ as Mary did

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his weekly Angelus prayer on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI told a group of thousands, gathered below his study window in St. Peter’s Square that Christians are not called to always live in glorious, mystical experiences, but rather, to humbly listen to the voice of Christ, just as the Blessed Virgin Mary did.

U.S. Bishops respond to Catholic democrat statement: Human rights are an illusion if fundamental right to life is not protected

Mar 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops responded to a controversial statement recently released by 55 Catholic members of the U.S. House of Representatives, saying that although their document listed vital human rights concerns, they pale in comparison to the fundamental right to life, which is violated in abortion.

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