Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Khalil Samir, a professor at the Oriental Pontifical Institute of Rome and St. Joseph’s University of Beirut, said this week that in order to change the Islamic mentality, “which is fearful of reality,” an “enormous educational effort” is needed at schools and universities, while paying special attention to textbooks and teacher formation.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a letter sent this week to the bishops of Poland and to the provincial superior of the Redemptorist community in Poland, who own Radio Maria, the country’s Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk, demanded the station “fulfill its pastoral obligations” and stay out of politics.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his weekly pastoral letter, Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said that “what we relive in Holy Week always speaks to our culture in its most profound roots,” adding that it has special meaning in today’s world because of growing individualism present throughout modern culture.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While celebrating Mass at the archdiocesan cathedral on April 2nd, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City launched a massive prayer appeal for Mexico and all of Latin America.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his own strong words denouncing the play in January, many Catholics have responded with dismay to the decision of Notre Dame University president, Rev. John Jenkins to allow the controversial ‘Vagina Monologues’ to be performed at the school.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Connecticut’s three Catholic bishops said Wednesday they believe the Church is under fire in the state legislature, where there have been efforts to require Catholic hospitals to provide emergency contraception for rape victims, reported the Associated Press.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Los-Angeles group will make a pilgrimage through the hurricane-ravaged Gulf States with its collection of relics of Christ’s passion.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Throngs of young people from around the Diocese of Rome gathered in St. Peter’s Square yesterday evening to meet with Pope Benedict XVI and prepare for the 21st World Youth Day, which will be celebrated in Rome and throughout the world on Palm Sunday.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of legislators are striving to assure the U.S. Catholic bishops that a new and much criticized immigration reform bill “does not criminalize humanitarian assistance efforts … nor did it intend to.”
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning in the nation’s capital, Catholic and political leaders from around the U.S. gathered for the annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast. For his part, President George Bush praised the Catholic Church for its voice in the national immigration debate and called for hope in a time of national and international tension.
Apr 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Gospel of Judas, a manuscript which experts believe may date back to the 2nd century, and suggests that Judas Iscariot was merely taking orders from Jesus himself when he turned the Messiah over to authorities, was officially presented in Washington yesterday by the National Geographic Society.