Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Americans will join the Catholic Church on Holy Saturday, April 15, through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). They will be baptized, confirmed and receive the Eucharist for the first time. Others, who already have been baptized in another Christian church, will embrace full membership in the Catholic Church.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some feathers were ruffled at Planned Parenthood in South Dakota last week when it came to light that the State Health Department website includes links to the Alpha Center, a pro-life organization.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed he will be in Sydney, Australia, for World Youth Day 2008, Bishop Anthony Fisher, auxiliary bishop of Sydney told I-Media. It will be this Pope’s first visit to Oceania.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in the U.S. has joined national leaders from four other Christian confessions — Evangelical/Pentecostal, Historic Protestant, Historic Racial/Ethnic and Orthodox — to form the broadest Christian fellowship in the country.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the first time in 46 years, the communist Cuban government has permitted Catholic bishops in that country to address Catholic faithful over the radio.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will travel to Poland--the home country of his predecessor John Paul II--in May, according to a confirmation from the Vatican press office earlier today.
Handing over of World Youth Day cross represents commitment to journey in the footsteps of Christ, says PopeApr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The pilgrim World Youth Day cross--first commissioned in 1984 by John Paul II--began its journey from Rome to Sydney Australia yesterday, where it will arrive this summer just in time for the 22nd World Youth Day celebration.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Four leading Latin American archbishops, including three cardinals, have expressed regret over National Geographic’s decision to publish a Palm Sunday report on the so-called “Gospel of Judas,” presenting it as new discovery that sheds light on the life of Jesus.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A source at the Vatican has told CNA that during Holy Week Pope Benedict XVI may grant universal permission to use the Missal of St. Pius V, the liturgical rite used in the Church before Vatican II.
Apr 10, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI joined thousands of young pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square yesterday to celebrate both Palm Sunday and the 21st World Youth Day. Referring to Jesus‘ sacrifice on the cross, he said that real life is gained not by seizing it, but by giving it.