Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a letter to mark “Seminary Day” in Spain on March 19th, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, Archbishop of Madrid, noted that despite growing secularism in the dominant culture, vocations to the priesthood continue to rise.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The leader of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, has issued a statement demanding improved prison conditions in that country and the immediate release of political prisoners.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Mario Francesco Pompedda, prefect emeritus of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatory, is demanding a greater reciprocity in granting the same rights and recognitions that Muslims enjoy in Europe to Christians in Muslim countries.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a meeting with top opposition leaders this week, the Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal-designate Jorge Urosa Sabino, underscored the need to reach an understanding between the government and major opposition groups in order for the upcoming December elections to be legitimate.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- African American parishioners of St. Augustine’s Church in New Orleans are upset that their parish is slated to close today. The historic black parish will be closed and its territory merged with another parish in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. But archdiocesan officials have said the church will remain open and continue to welcome members of the community for Sunday mass.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Terry Schiavo’s family has collaborated on a new book about the final weeks of her life. The 41-year-old severely disabled Florida woman died last March, after her husband, Michael Schiavo, had her feeding tube removed.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On March 11th, a young man armed with a long knife entered a Catholic church and threatened two monks and about 25 young people who were rehearsing for a Passion play. The young man also broke a door and stole a cell phone. No one was injured. He was arrested and later released.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials from the Diocese of Phoenix have responded to recent criticism over a local autistic boy who some claim is being denied communion by Bishop Thomas Olmsted.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Exactly one month after completing a catechetical cycle begun years ago by his predecessor John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI today began his own series of catechesis, which will focus on the mystical relationship between Christ and the Church--left in the hands of the Apostles.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sources close the Holy See have indicated that Pope Benedict XVI is preparing his first social encyclical, which may be entitled “Labor Domini,” or, “The Work of the Lord.”
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The office of the Archbishop of Westminster has denied a report, broken earlier today by Glasgow’s Daily Mirror newspaper, that Pope Benedict has accepted an invitation to visit Great Britain in 2007.
Mar 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Last week, Archbishop Vingt-Trois of Paris, began the traditional cycle of Lenten teachings which are given each Sunday at the Cathedral of Notre Dame, a tradition which goes back to 1835.