Archive of March 27, 2006

Priest sends open letter to Michael Schiavo on anniversary of Terri’s death

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The priest who witnessed Terri Schiavo’s final hours at her bedside last March reiterated his previous statement that her husband, Michael Schiavo, is a murderer and called on him to “embrace a life of repentance” and to seek forgiveness.

Catholics called to celebrate dignity of women on Mother’s Day

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Family Life Office of the Diocese of Lincoln and The Leaven, a Catholic lay apostolate, will co-sponsor a celebration of the spiritual maternity inherent to women.

Mobile faith: Church in Scotland launches text message service

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Scotland has launched a new text message service, which will include Church news and requests to pray, reported the Sunday Scotsman Newspaper.

Pope Benedict urges world solidarity with persecuted Christians

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Before praying his weekly Angelus prayer before a crowd of thousands in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, Pope Benedict expressed his solidarity with persecuted Christians around the world, sending his “warm encouragement to carry on in the patience and charity of Christ,” awaiting the full realization of the “Kingdom of God to come.”

Afghan court to release Christian convert, but national tension remains high

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An Afghan man facing a possible death sentence for converting to Christianity from Islam 16 years ago is set to be released, but massive protests in the mostly-Muslim country suggest that Abdul Rahman’s fate is still largely in question.

Pope Benedict: New cardinals are called to serve Church as spouses

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass with the 15 new cardinals created in Friday’s consistory. In presenting them with their new ecclesial rings of office, he compared their new roles to that of spouses, stressing their duty to serve with love.

Pope promises further collaboration with College of Cardinals

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with the 15 new cardinals created in last Friday’s Ordinary Public Consistory. During the meeting, he particularly greeted the English-speaking prelates and promised more meetings with the College of Cardinals, similar to last Thursday’s day of prayer and reflection.

Vatican announces conditions for establishing official relations with China

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with Hong Kong’s I-Cable TV, the Vatican’s Secretary for Foreign Relations, Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo, said that, with certain conditions, the time is ripe for addressing the issue of relations between the Vatican and Communist China.

Pseudo-Catholic group says right to abortion ‘essential’ for women

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican branch of the pro-abortion group “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFFC) presented the Spanish version of the book, “Our Right to Choose: Toward a New Ethic of Abortion,” in Mexico City last week, in a ceremony attended by various leaders of the movement to legalize abortion in Latin America.

Ecuadorian bishops call on government, natives to dialogue about free trade agreement

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Ecuador has called on that country’s government to act deliberately on the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities, and not to provoke confrontations that only endanger the country.

Chilean bishop slams government’s announcement to distribute morning-after pill

Mar 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Responding to an announcement by Chile’s Heath Minister, Maria Soledad Barria, that the government would make the morning-after pill “universally available,” Auxiliary Bishop Cristian Contreras Villarroel of Santiago slammed the announcement saying, “Equality should be sought out for those situations that are good for the human being.”

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