Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Due to the shortage of British clergy, dozens of priests from Poland arrive in the United Kingdom each month to take charge of parishes and minister to the growing number of Polish migrant workers, reported The Guardian. While some are long-term assignments, some priests just fly in for the weekend to celebrate mass.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The San Francisco delegation to Archbishop William Levada’s elevation to the College of Cardinals in Rome will have one less member. San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom announced that he would not attend, after the Vatican reiterated its opposition to gay adoptions last week, reported the San Francisco Sentinel.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Their mission was to spread the Gospel, not just wear the green. A Catholic lay apostolate participated in their local St. Patrick’s Day Parade with the aim of putting faith back into what has become a largely cultural event.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An initiative has been launched to establish March 31 as Terri’s Day, an annual national day of remembrance to honor the memory of Terri Schiavo.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebrations announced this week that on Saturday, March 18th, the Servant of God, Elia di San Clemente, a Carmelite nun who died in 1927 at the age of 26, will be beatified at the Cathedral of Bari in the Italian region of Puglia.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Pedro Pablo Elizondo Cardenas of Cancun-Chetumal, Mexico, warned Mexicans this week against believing in superstition, which, he said, the world proposes as an answer to personal problems. He said that the only answer to trials and tribulations is in attentiveness to the word of God.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an exclusive interview with the Catholic News Agency, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, who was recently named cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, spoke at length about the challenges of secularism and the hopes of the Church.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Brazil’s Secretary for Women’s Policies, Nilceia Freire, admitted this week that political conditions in the country were not favorable for the passage of a controversial new law that would legalize abortion on-demand.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican released a letter sent by Pope Benedict XVI to Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, major Archbishop of Lviv of the Ukrainians, recalling the forced fusion of Catholics into the Orthodox Church by the communist Soviet government in 1946.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities and Caritas of Germany have expressed a heartfelt “no” to female prostitution during the World cup soccer tournament which is being held there next summer. They are calling for petition signatures protesting what they call a form of “slavery.”
Illinois Catholic citizens group calls for homosexual activist who called Cardinal ‘bigot’ to be removed from anti-hate commissionMar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The group, Catholic Citizens of Illinois, are calling on Governor Rod Blagojevich to remove homosexual activist Rick Garcia from the Governor’s Commission Against Discrimination and Hate Crimes because of what they see as his own hate-filled agenda.
Mar 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI issued a powerful call for the world’s monotheistic religions to work together--through dialogue and mutual respect--for the sake of the common good of humanity.