Archive of March 30, 2006

Afghan Christian convert flees to Italy

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Italy has granted asylum to a Christian who faced the death penalty in his native country of Afghanistan for having converted from Islam 16 years ago. Conversion is a crime under Afghanistan's Islamic law. He was arrested after police discovered him with a Bible.

Expert: Alameda County, CA Facing More Than $30 Million in Damages against Christian school

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty filed an independent expert report, detailing that damages against their client, Redwood Christian Schools, will amount to at least $30 million.

Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announces 2006 endorsements

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund announced its first round of endorsed candidates for the 2006 election cycle at a campaign kick-off event March 29 on Capitol Hill.

Catholic population on the rise in Bible-belt entrenched Atlanta

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Notre Dame Academy in Duluth is a symbol of the growth of Catholicism in metro Atlanta, Archbishop Wilton Gregory told the students and staff during a recent visit.

Pope to European politicians: Ignoring Christian heritage is sign of historical immaturity

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As he met today with members of the European parliamentary group, the Popular Party, Pope Benedict XVI encouraged Europe to recognize its Christian roots and charged that ignoring them would be a sign of immaturity and even weakness.

Catholics must be engaged in political debate, says Pope

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking earlier today to a group of parliamentarians from Europe’s Popular Party, Pope Benedict affirmed the need for a Catholic voice in the public square that informs consciences and helps citizens act “freely and responsibly.”

Despite vocation shortage, God continually calls men and women to serve his Church, says Pope

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church prepares to celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vacations, due to be held in May, the Holy Father is stressing that although many corners of the world currently face a priestly shortage, God continues to call men to “take care of his people” through the priesthood.

Last days of John Paul II were serene, says former secretary

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, said Wednesday in Rome that the Polish pope was serene and alert during his last days.

Mexican bishop says he will not support “autonomous church”

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement sent to Catholic News Agency, Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel of San Cristobal de las Casas and his Auxiliary Bishop Enrique Diaz responded to the controversy surrounding a letter from the Holy See which ordered a suspension of ordinations to the permanent deaconate in the Mexican diocese.

30,000 children send letters calling on Colombian high court not to legalize abortion

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-family groups have collected more than 30,000 letters from children asking the Constitutional Court of Colombia not to legalize abortion in the country. Leaders said they planned to send the letters to high court justices on March 30.

Mexican bishops call on presidential candidates to offer solutions to immigration problem

Mar 30, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released on Wednesday, the bishops of Mexico called on presidential candidates to offer “concrete plans for the short, medium and long term” for dealing with the problem of immigration, rather than simply pointing out the problem.

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