Archive of March 22, 2006

Oldest US cathedral undergoes $32M restoration

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The nation’s oldest Catholic cathedral has undergone a $32-million restoration, with the intention of returning it to the purity of its 19th-century original double-dome design.

Prayer campaign launched to fight abortion in Latin America

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An international pro-life network is organizing a worldwide prayer campaign to combat the looming abortion industry in Latin America.

Ave Maria to take over Nicaraguan college

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Ave Maria University will take ownership of a college that was formerly the branch of a Baptist university in Nicaragua. Ave Maria College of the Americas in San Marco, Nicaragua, will move to Immokalee and is expected to function as a campus of the Naples-based Catholic university as of next year, reported Naples Daily News.

San Francisco Archbishop: Gay adoptions conflict with Church teachings, but conflict of interests looms at Catholic Charities

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop George Niederauer has said placing children with same-sex couples conflicts with Catholic teaching and has asked his local Catholic Charities to bring its adoption program fully in line with the Church's views. However, with the recent hiring of an openly gay adoptive parent as the organization’s director of programs, many smell a massive conflict of interests.  

Peruvian doctors reject morning-after pill, calling it an illegal abortifacient

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of doctors from Peru’s College of Medicine have issued a statement this week rejecting the morning-after pill as abortifacient and arguing that it should therefore not be legalized in the country.

Poles prepare for first anniversary of JP II’s death

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics across Poland are preparing to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II with public processions, liturgical celebrations and reflections on recent statements by Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Ruini calls on Italian politicians to reject homosexual unions

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Italy, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, called on political candidates this week to defend life and the family and to reject the legalization of homosexual civil unions.

Jesuits in Spain distance themselves from controversial moral theologian

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to controversial statements on sexual morality, bioethics and official Church teaching by Jesuit theologian Father Juan Masia, the provincial superior of the Society of Jesus in Spain, Father Elias Royon Lara, announced this week his “disagreement with the content of such opinions and with the way in which some of them have been expressed.”

Afghan man facing death for converting to Christianity won’t recant, experts ask, ‘is world body doing enough?’

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Abdul Rahman was reportedly turned into Afghan authorities by his own family for becoming Christian--an act which could subject him to death according to that country’s strict Islamic laws.

Pope urges Christians to share message of the ‘Good Shepherd’ who seeks to gather his children together

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some 35,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square earlier today to hear Pope Benedict’s weekly Wednesday catechesis in which he urged Christians to live out their communion with Christ by taking the message of the Gospel “to the ends of the earth.”

Vatican says abandoned papal title ‘Patriarch of the West’ was unclear, obsolete

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following widespread media speculation on the Vatican’s abandonment of the papal title, “Patriarch of the West”, the Holy See today offered clarification about the move saying the title was unclear and had become obsolete. It’s absence, they added, may now increase chances for meaningful ecumenical dialogue.

German Church catches World Cup fever

Mar 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As sports fans around the world gear up for this year’s World Cup soccer tournament, which will take place around Germany from June 9th to July 9th, the German Catholic Church has announced a series of activities and initiatives for the gathering world crowd.

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