Archive of March 24, 2006

Catholic agencies say poverty ‘assaults millions’

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services presented their priorities for 2007 foreign assistance to the House Appropriations Committee in their testimony March 22.

Italian police investigate weeping Madonna

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Police are investigating the case of a statue of the Virgin Mary, which reportedly wept tears of blood last week. They are running tests on the statue to determine the nature of the teardrops.

Conference considers worldwide ‘war on Christians’

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A conference next week promises to address Christian singling out around the world and in the media. The conference, called The War On Christians and the Values Voter in 2006, will be held March 27-28 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

New Zealand Catholics outraged by South Park episode

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in New Zealand is lodging an official complaint with the country’s Broadcasting Standards Authority after a television channel aired an episode of South Park, which depicted a statue of the Virgin Mary menstruating.

Bedside priest prepares for one year anniversary of Terri Schiavo death

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Frank Pavone was by Terri Schiavo’s bedside just before she died one year ago next Friday.

Pope Benedict: New cardinals now share more intensely in the mystery of Christ, the sufferings of Christ

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Church’s College of Cardinals now has 15 new members among its ranks. This morning, Pope Benedict XVI created the first cardinals of his pontificate and said that he is counting on them to support him, build up the Church and share with the world the message of the Gospel.

Vatican outlines Thursday discussions between Pope, Cardinals

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican released the official account of Thurday’s Day of Prayer and Reflection, in which Pope Benedict and members of the College of Cardinals discussed four key issues facing the Catholic Church today. The meeting came ahead of this morning’s Public Ordinary Consistory in which 15 new cardinals were created.

Muslims oppose new film about Jesus by Orthodox Christian

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Muslims are expressing their opposition to plans by an Egyptian Orthodox Christian to make the first movie in Arabic about Jesus, who Islam considers to be a prophet. They argue that it would be a violation of their faith, which prohibits depictions of Allah and the prophets.

Archbishop says families are ‘the poor of today’, deserve greater charity

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said greater charity must be shown to those families that are most in need, for while “the working class was considered the poor in the past, today’s poor are the families.”

Human Rights Watch demands Mexico legalize abortion

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a report posted on the group’s website, the pro-abortion organization Human Rights Watch is demanding that Mexican leaders provide “safe and legal” abortion for victims of rape or incest.

Multi-lingual rosary to be offered in memory of John Paul II

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Hundreds of Catholics are expected to gather at the Shrine of Schönstatt in Germany on April 2nd--the one-year anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II--to pray a multi-lingual rosary in memory of the beloved pontiff.

International law firm offering financial assistance for Afghan Christian convert facing death

Mar 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S.-based Becket Fund, an international law firm dedicated to the protection of religious freedom is offering financial assistance for Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who converted to Christianity from Islam and now faces a possible death sentence under that country’s Islamic law.

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