Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The 13 patriarchs and heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem launched in their joint Easter message a powerful appeal for reconciliation between Israel and Palestine and called on the international community not to boycott the Palestinian people by stopping aid, reported AsiaNews.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A plan for a memorial on the Villanova University campus to the victims of abortion is currently in limbo, reported the Philadelphia Daily News.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The board of directors of the Knights of Columbus has called upon Congress and the President to create immigration legislation that gains control over the process of immigration, but also rejects any effort to criminalize those who provide humanitarian assistance to undocumented immigrants.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop José Gomez of San Antonio took his strongest public stand on immigration during Monday's downtown demonstration against the current bill that would criminalize immigrants.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the state of Missouri prepares for a highly-publicized trial due to challenge the constitutionality of lethal injection, the state’s Catholic bishops are calling on faithful to reject the practice of capital punishment overall as an excess which opposes the dignity of the human person.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials in the northeast British city of Hull have created a legal oath for those who do not want to swear to God on the witness stand.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the fourth anniversary of the Venezuela’s politico-military crisis of April 11, 2002, Archbishop Jose Baltazar Porras of Merida criticized the government’s attempts to “re-write” the history of those “very confusing events,” and said that both parties involved in the crisis share responsibility.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to the official website for the beatification and canonization of John Paul II, hundreds of emails are pouring in from Mexico claiming miracles through the intercession of Pope John Paul II. All such testimonies are under review by the beatification commission.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez expressed his support this week for protests by Hispanics in the United States, saying the “undocumented” are persons who also possess the dignity of the children of God.
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop emeritus of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Cardinal Luis Aponte Martinez, is calling on the faithful to pray and do penance that God will enlighten the leaders of the country and “strengthen them spiritually.”
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Celebrating today the chrism Mass in the Basílica of Saint Peters, Pope Benedict said that “the nucleous of the priesthood is to be a friend of Jesus." He invited the priests present to "offer their hands to Christ and be guided by Him.”
Apr 13, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Among thousands of pilgrims gathered on Holy Thursday in the Basilica of Saint John Lateran, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the Mass of the Last Supper, in which he made a moving call to contemplate the love of God, a love that knows no bounds.