Archive of March 31, 2006

Universal approval of Latin Missal could be on the way

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The St. Pius V Missal, which the Catholic Church used until 1962 before it was replaced by the new ordinary following the liturgical reforms of Vatican II, could be approved for universal use, according to sources close to the Vatican.

New 'sister city' bond between birthplaces of John Paul II and Padre Pio

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- San Giovanni Rotondo in Italy and Wadowice in Poland, cities where St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina and the Servant of God John Paul II were both respectively born, have established an official relationship as “sister cities”.

Family under assault from hedonistic mentality, says new Spanish cardinal

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the prologue for a new book containing a collection of John Paul II’s writings on marriage and the family, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Toledo, who is vice president of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference, said that marriage and the institution of the family are under attack today from a “certain kind of hedonistic, permissive and uncaring mentality.”

Taiwanese minister: “The Holy See will not abandon Taiwan's Catholics”

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following a meeting with the Vatican’s representative in Taiwan, Archbishop Ambrosio Matha, Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Relations, Huang Chih Fang expressed his confidence that the Holy See “will not abandon Taiwanese Catholics.”

Planned Parenthood targets teens with iPod and movie pass giveaway

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Anyone who makes an appointment at one of the eight facilities run by Planned Parenthood Golden Gate (PPGG) before April 30 can enter to win an iPod. This is just one of the schemes the abortion agency has organized to try to lure teens into its San Francisco clinics, reports the group, Life Decisions International.

Spokane Diocese forced to stop paying lawyers in midst of bankruptcy case

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Spokane, Washington is so impoverished that it has stopped paying its lawyers in the midst of its bankruptcy case, reported the Associated Press. Their lawyers have not been paid for at least two months.

Bishop's report: US Church received 783 new abuse claims in 2005, but most are decades old

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Results of he United States Catholic bishops’ third nationwide audit shows that dioceses  nationwide received a total of 783 new claims of sex abuse by clergy in 2005, although most of the allegations involve cases that are decades old.

Mass attendance up in Boston despite church closings

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The number of people attending Mass in the Archdiocese of Boston has risen slightly since widespread church closings began in 2003, archdiocesan officials reported.

Following viewing of new film biography, Pope calls John Paul II ‘tireless prophet of hope and peace’

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI had the opportunity to view the latest in a recent string of films exploring the life of the late John Paul II who died one year ago Sunday. The Holy Father viewed the Italian-made "Karol, un Papa rimasto uomo" or “Karol, a Pope Who Remained a Man,” along with several other Vatican representatives in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall.

Pope Benedict focuses prayer on political rights of women

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the month of April, Pope Benedict XVI has said that he will focus much of his prayer on the political rights of women, still discouraged in many parts of the world.

Holy Father prays for freedom of Catholic Church in China

Mar 31, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that during the month of April, Pope Benedict XVI will focus his prayer specifically on the plight of the much-persecuted Church in China.

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