Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Canadian churches wrapped up their first Racial Justice Week, an event intended to encourage churches in their efforts to undo racism in their local communities. The week ran from March 19 to 26.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A mission diocese in the Canadian North has a new bishop. Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop Sylvain Lavoie to succeed Archbishop Peter Sutton for the Diocese of Keewatin-Le Pas. The pope accepted the resignation of Archbishop Sutton, 71, who has been living with illness for some time. The announcement was made March 25.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Although Abdul Rahman, an Afghan man who faced death for converting from Islam to Christianity was released from prison on a technicality this week, his faith still puts him in danger in his home country. The United Nations announced Monday that he has appealed for foreign asylum.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that it will host a seminar to explore the Bologna Process and its relationship to Catholic higher education this week. The Seminar is being organized by the Holy See’s Congregation for Higher Education along with the European Union’s UNESCO-CEPES organization.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the U.S. Senate continues to inch closer to a comprehensive overhaul of the country’s immigration system, as many Catholic bishops have urged, Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio is warning that faithful need to keep a watchful eye and reject any immoral reform that does not respect the dignity of the human person.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Throngs of pilgrims are expected to gather in Rome this weekend as the Vatican prepares to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. Events planned by the Holy See will commemorate the life of a man many are already calling “John Paul the Great.”
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Slawomir Oder, the Vatican official overseeing the cause for the canonization of Pope John Paul II, announced this week that he has received reports of another possible miracle attributed to the late Pontiff, this time in the United States.
Salvadoran prelate: new statements by former military commander could shed new light on Archbishop Romero assassinationMar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador expressed his hope this week that statements by former military captain Alvaro Saravia would shed new light on the 1980 assassination of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez Plaza of Valladolid, Spain, has denounced Spanish governmental officials who support abortion, saying their negligence has prevented thousands of citizens from being born.
Mar 28, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences, Msgr. Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, said this week that the Holy See is concerned about legislation on immigration reform currently before the US Senate which includes proposals to build a wall on the US/Mexican border and to make it a crime to help illegal aliens.