Archive of March 23, 2006

Doctor says disabled newborns are killed in North Korea

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- North Korea has no people with physical disabilities because they are killed soon after they are born, according to Dr. Ri Kwang-chol, who fled the communist country to South Korea last year. He shared his shocking tales yesterday with a forum of human rights activists in Soeul.

Strong sales for advanced copies of new Catechism Compendium

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- It may not make the New York Times Bestsellers’ List, but the U.S. bishops’ publishing office is expecting the soon-to-be-released Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to become a major publishing success.

San Francisco city supervisors slam Vatican position on gay adoptions

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors issued a statement Tuesday, calling on the Vatican to change its directive against gay adoptions and urging the new archbishop of San Francisco, Archbishop George Niederauer, to defy the Vatican.

Pressure mounts on Afghanistan to release Christian convert

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An increasing number of groups and governments are calling on Afghanistan to honor the universal human right to religious practice and to release Abdul Rahman, who is being tried in an Afghan court for having converted to Christianity from Islam.

Pope Benedict, Cardinals discuss lifting excommunications on Lefebvrists, free use of Latin missal

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Pope met today with members of the College of Cardinals, who are in Rome for tomorrow’s Consistory where 15 new cardinals will be added to their ranks, the subjects of the schismatic Saint Pius X Society as well as the use of the Latin missal and retirement age for bishops largely held the floor.

College of Cardinals gather in Rome for Consistory, vow to assist Pope Benedict in mission of Church

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Members of the College of Cardinals have gathered in the Vatican in advance of Friday’s Ordinary Public Consistory in which Pope Benedict XVI will create the first new cardinals of his pontificate.

German Church announces theme for papal visit to Bavaria: “He who believes is never alone”

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of the preparations for the Pope’s upcoming visit to Bavaria in September, the bishops of the three dioceses that will host the Holy Father have announced the official theme of the visit through a poster campaign: “He who believes is never alone.”

Expert warns of new strategy to promote abortion in Latin America

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The recent case of Paulina Ramirez, a rape victim who was used by the US-based “Center for Reproductive Rights (CFR)” and its partners to force the Mexican state of Baja California to approve abortion in cases of rape, is part of a new strategy to force Latin America to accept abortion, according to Carlos Polo, director for Latin America of the Population Research Institute.

Archbishop says Chavez employing Messianism to distract Venezuelans

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jose Baltazar Porras of Merida, Venezuela, said this week that President Hugo Chavez is employing Messianism and creating conflicts with other countries in order to get Venezuelans to forget about “their painful reality, which consists of growing poverty, insecurity and unemployment.”

Opus Dei launches new website in 22 languages

Mar 23, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic apostolate, Opus Dei has recently launched a new website in 22 languages offering a variety of information about the Prelature together with news about the Pope’s activities and current events in the Church.

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