Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Gospel of Judas, a third-century manuscript unearthed in Egypt three decades ago, is surrounded by questionable circumstances. A report published in the New York Times Thursday reveals the particulars that the National Geographic Society omitted two weeks ago in its announcement that it had gained access to the 1,700-year-old document.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The latest media frenzy over the Gospel of Judas reveals “the [secular] media's profound ignorance of ancient history,” says Brian St. Paul, editor of Crisis Magazine, in his April 13th e-letter to readers.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- About 600 Christians demonstrated against what they consider government indifference to sectarian attacks after a Coptic Christian was fatally stabbed and at least five others were wounded Friday outside several churches in Alexandria.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two New England states welcomed the largest number of new Catholics this Easter Vigil since the priest sex abuse scandal broke four years ago. The Archdiocese of Boston welcomed 500 new members while the Diocese of Manchester, N.H., welcomed 400, reported the Eagle-Tribune newspaper.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials at the Rome headquarters of Opus Dei have expressed their regret at the recent publication of a cartoon depicting Mohammed in hell in an Italian magazine affiliated with the group.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Scientists from around the world are scheduled to gather at the Catholic University of Valencia, Spain, April 29-May 1 for an International Scientific Convention entitled, “The Shroud Today,” where they will discuss the latest discoveries about the revered artifact that tradition says is the burial cloth of Christ.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Coinciding with Easter Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 79th birthday yesterday, receiving greetings and well-wishes from around the world.
On first Easter Mass, Pope Benedict calls for peace in Iraq, Holy Land, resolution of nuclear crisesApr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Pope Benedict XVI yesterday celebrated his first Easter Mass since becoming pontiff last year, he called for a peaceful resolution to the Iraq war and also for what he called, an “honorable solution” to the world’s growing nuclear standoffs.
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict prayed the Easter Marian prayer, the “Regina Caeli”, from his residence of Castelgandolfo, where he invited the faithful to be “like living stones, to build the Holy Church.”
Apr 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After presiding over Easter Sunday Mass yesterday at Saint Peters Square, Pope Benedict gave his message “Urbi et Orbi”, (to the city and to the world) from the central balcony, inviting humanity not to have fear and to open its heart to Jesus risen, echoing the words of the angel: "Do not be afraid! ... He is not here; he is risen (Mt 28:5-6)".