Archive of March 16, 2006

Polish priests fill need for ministers in European countries

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.

San Francisco mayor will not attend Levada’s installation in Rome

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.

Catholic group puts faith element back into St. Patrick’s Day Parade

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.

Campaign initiated to establish ‘Terri’s Day’

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.

Carmelite who died at 26 to be beatified Saturday

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.

Belief in God and superstition incompatible, says Mexican bishop

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.

Spain's new Cardinal-designate says Church defends man from secularism

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.

Brazilian official says country not ready for abortion

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.

Pope praises Ukrainian-Catholic Church for upholding Sacred Tradition, communion with Seat of Peter

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.

Catholic Charities and World Cup 2006; buying sex is a not a sport!

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 commission

Mar 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.

Christian, Jew and Muslim, all believers in one God, must cooperate for good of humanity, says Pope

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.

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