Archive of April 6, 2006

Churchgoing can add years to your life, study review reveals

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A recent review of existing research on factors related to longevity reveals that people who attend religious services weekly actually live longer. The study also reviewed work done on the impact of regular exercise and proven therapeutic regimens on life expectancy.

Bishops urge governor to veto stem-cell bill

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Catholic leaders are urging Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. to veto legislation allowing for state funding of embryonic stem cell research, reported the Washington Post. Ehrlich said he would sign the bill.

Young men considering priesthood choose between 'God or the Girl' on A&E

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new five-part documentary, billed as a reality show, about priestly vocations will premiere Easter Sunday. “God or the Girl” on A&E is about four young men trying to decide whether to enter the priesthood.

Scientist claims Jesus could have walked on ice, not water, others critical of assessment

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Rare weather conditions, creating a cold period some 2,500 to 1,500 years ago, could have created a hard-to-see floating ice surface on the Sea of Galilee, a scientist said yesterday in an attempt to scientifically explain the Gospel miracle which recounts Jesus’ walk on water.

Holy Father mourns death of former Pope Paul VI secretary

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Many prominent Catholics--particularly in Italy--are mourning the death today of Archbishop Pasquale Macchi, prelate emeritus of Loretto, Italy and former personal secretary to Pope Paul VI.

Vatican’s U.N. rep: immigration debate must not be manipulated for short-term political gain at expense of human beings

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the United Nation’s Commission on Population and Development yesterday, the Holy See’s Archbishop Celestino Migliore urged leaders to understand the complexity of the current immigration debate and recognize that certain benefits often exist for receiving countries.

Pope Benedict, Nobel Prize winner Peres jointly condemn all forms of terrorism

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Shimon Peres, former prime minister of Israel and 1994 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, met today at the Vatican with Pope Benedict XVI. The two discussed the difficult road to peace in the Middle East and jointly condemned all forms of terrorism, regardless of pretexts.

Thousands of Chinese catechumens in Hong Kong to receive sacraments during Easter Vigil

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Hong Kong’s Catholic communities are preparing to welcome 2,400 new members who will receive the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and First Holy Communion during the Easter Vigil Mass on April 15, Easter Saturday.

Civil rights groups denounce ideologically based elementary school course

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The civil rights watchdog website in Spain,, has denounced a new course for elementary schools which the Ministry of Education has included in an education reform bill, saying the subject material for the course, called “Education for Citizenship,” is nothing more than the promotion of secularism, gender ideology, radical feminism and the culture of death.

Peruvian lawmakers decry Health Minister’s efforts to legalize abortion

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of Peruvian legislators has sent a letter to the country’s Health Minister, Pilar Mazzeti, requesting that she disclose if her department is considering issuing norms that would allow “therapeutic abortion.”

Spanish cardinal calls on all people of good will to save family from ruin

Apr 6, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, has denounced the attacks on the family in Spain and is calling on “all people of good will” to defend the family and its anthropological underpinnings.

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