Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The number of adults receiving the sacraments of Christian initiation is increasing steadily in a country strongly affected by secularism. This year, 2.650 adults were baptized on the Easter vigil. This figure shows a steady increase from last year, when 2409 adults were baptized, according to the national service of Catechumens of the French Bishops conference.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An ancient pilgrimage route that follows in Jesus’ footsteps, from the place where he raised Lazarus from the dead to Jerusalem, is about to be severed by the construction of Israel’s 30-ft wall, reported the U.K Telegraph.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Opus Dei made another attempt earlier this month to urge Sony to include a disclaimer at the beginning of the Da Vinci Code film, indicating that it is a work of fiction, reported E! Online. The film, directed by Ron Howard and based on the best-selling book by Dan Brown, will be released in theatres May 19.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Kelvin Felix of St. Lucia has survived an assassination attempt, reported Caribbean Net News.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- University of Wisconsin Chancellor John Wiley has agreed to cut funding to the University of Wisconsin Roman Catholic Foundation, reported Madison’s Channel 3000 News.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his Easter message, Bishop Baldomero Carlos Martin of San Justo, Argentina exhorted faithful to have a proper understanding of human rights, “because there is a risk that they become ‘warped rights’ if we forget that it is Christ who reveals to man his authentic dignity as a person.”
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish newspaper “Alba” has published a report denouncing the country’s Ministry of Health for distorting the number of abortions being performed in an effort to avoid paying taxes.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Renato Ascencio of Juarez, Mexico, announced during Holy Week he would support a commercial boycott planned by immigrants in the U.S. for May 1 in order to demand “integral and just” immigration reform.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its “deep concern” over what they call the arbitrary arrest and detention of two human rights workers in the African nation of Congo.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Huge numbers of Cubans turned out for Good Friday celebrations last week, including the Way of the Cross and processions, in the historic district of Havana, as well as in numerous other Cuban cities.
Apr 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Los Angeles faced a disappointing decision yesterday when the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request to take up the Church’s case regarding the confidentiality of files for priests accused of sexual abuse.