Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Abdul Rahman, the Afghan Christian convert who was condemned to death for abandoning the Muslim faith but later released under international pressure, publicly thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his intervention and his support.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Upon concluding its 86th Plenary Assembly, Spain’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a powerful document condemning a new law on assisted human reproduction that promotes cloning and genetic engineering.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to a report on Lifesitenews.com, Sarah Peck, a 31 year-old British mother, postponed treatment for leukemia when her diagnosis and eagerly-awaited third pregnancy were confirmed on the same day in 2004.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Alepo, Syria, has said that “the Church needs Christians in the Middle East” and has therefore called it essential that the exodus of faithful away from the region be slowed.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s home southern Poland, where he was born in 1920, was bought by one of Poland’s richest businessman, Ryszard Krauze, and donated to the Catholic Church March 31.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With their current House immigration bill, the Republicans risk becoming an anti-immigrant party and “losing ground both with Hispanic voters and non-Hispanic Catholic voters who sympathize with their plight,” says Deal Hudson, editor of the e-magazine “The Window.”
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Wilmington experienced two firsts this weekend with the priestly ordinations of a Mexican native and a married man, who was formerly a Lutheran pastor.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the decision by the World Bank Executive Board to approve debt cancellation for an initial 17 countries, effective July 1, as well as the agreement to cancel poor countries’ debt in the least time possible.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a number of Bishop’s from Africa’s often violence-ridded Ivory Coast, to whom he explained that although the road to peace is long and difficult, the Church must strive to build a “world of reconciliation.”
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict echoed a request made recently by His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, as well as other Iraqi bishops, calling for two days of prayer and fasting for peace in Iraq and throughout the world.
Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “Faithfulness and dedication” were the two recurring words used by Pope Benedict XVI to recall his predecessor John Paul II who died one year ago Sunday. Tens of thousands--many of them from the late Pope’s native Poland--gathered in Rome over the weekend to recall the life of a man already being hailed as “John Paul the Great.”