Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Luc Cyr of Valleyfield in Quebec depicted the Church’s behavior towards homosexuals as fair, in reaction to the open letter published on February 26 by 19 priests of Quebec strongly criticizing the Church’s position on the issue.
Key Dead Sea Scroll debut in Cleveland, part of exhibit which seeks to walk visitors through New TestamentApr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Cradle of Christianity exhibit, which opened at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland April 1, is designed to give visitors the sense of walking through chapters of the New Testament, reported National Public Radio journalist David Barnett.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard has said he will oppose any new laws legalizing same-sex unions.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Hong Kong will baptize an astounding 2,400 catechumens during this year’s Easter vigil, leaving some wondering if this isn’t a record of sorts.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 100 Catholic parishioners in the suburb of Little Village near Chicago gathered Saturday to pray around the grave of a 5-year-old girl whom they never knew but whom they’ve taken in as one of their own, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Skylstad, head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling on all bishops across the country to mobilize their dioceses and urge the U.S. government to establish a federal constitutional amendment protecting marriage as an institution between one man and one woman.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See has released its schedule for the celebration of Holy Week and the Easter Triduum this year in the Vatican. Officials announced that Pope Benedict himself will preside at the solemn events which mark the holiest days on the Church calendar.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Vatican announced that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Cleveland’s Bishop Anthony M. Pilla, who has served as head of that diocese since 1981.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During religious services Monday at the first Presbyterian church in Havana, the moderator of the Presbyterian Church USA, Rick Ufford Chase, denied that there is a “lack of religious freedom” in Cuba, despite the constant complaints by believers and abundant evidence to the contrary.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- One year after the death of John Paul II and the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister has offered an evaluation of both papacies, highlighting the similarities and differences in style of the two popes.
Apr 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI gathered with thousands of faithful from around the world in remembering the late John Paul II--a man whom he called a “rock” in the faith. He passed from this life to the next one year ago Sunday.