Archive of April 20, 2006

Court says Notre Dame may have to pay back education grant used for religious training

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The University of Notre Dame could be required to pay back a government grant used to train teachers in Catholic schools if a judge rules that the use of the funds was unconstitutional, reported the Associated Press.

Controversy erupts after Catholic, Protestant clerics concelebrate Easter mass

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Controversy in Ireland continues after a Protestant clergyman marked the 90th anniversary of the Easter Rising of 1916 and the Western Front by celebrating mass with three Catholic priests, reported the Belfast Telegraph.

USCCB receives major grant to support human trafficking victims

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has received a major five-year government contract award to provide comprehensive support services to victims of human trafficking.

Audit shows Boston Archdiocese is $46M in red, ministries at risk

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston released a two-year audit Wednesday that showed it running a $46.3-million deficit, largely caused by the massive sexual abuse scandal which erupted there in the early 2000’s.

Dominican Republic cardinal decries proposal to legalize death penalty

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Dominican Republic’s national congress continues its debate on a proposal to reform the country’s penal code and allow for the death penalty, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez of Santo Domingo has expressed his opposition to the move, saying the change would cheapen the value of human life.

Cardinal Sterzinsky says Benedict XVI’s pontificate contributing to rehabilitation of Germany

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church celebrated the first anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election to the papacy Wednesday, Cardinal Georg Sterzinsky of Berlin opined that the Holy Father has already contributed to the rehabilitation of Germany in the world.

Spanish cardinal: Cathedrals should be special places of Christian activity

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, said this week that Spain’s cathedrals should be special places of Christian formation and stressed that they should be used as a starting point for the re-evangelization of society.

Open conversion to Christianity still not possible in Egypt

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A report by the EFE news agency states that despite the Egyptian government’s recent decision to allow missionaries of “all monotheistic religions” to be active in the country, conversions to Christianity continue to take place clandestinely.

Knights of Columbus rededicate support to Pope Benedict on first anniversary

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In celebration of the one year anniversary of Benedict XVI’s election to Pope last spring, the world’s 1.7 million Knights of Columbus have adopted a resolution declaring their esteem and renewed support for the German pontiff.

Pope appoints Santo Domingo Cardinal to represent him at St. Toribio celebration

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopex Rodriguez, Archbishop of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic will represent Pope Benedict during the 400th anniversary celebrations of St. Toribio de Mogrovejo at the end of this month. St. Toribio is patron Saint of the Church in Latin America.

Vatican officials announce plans to celebrate 500th anniversary of St. Peter’s Basilica

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Church begins its celebrations for the 500th birthday of the largest church in the Christian world, Vatican officials today held a press conference to discuss the rich history of St. Peter’s Basilica and outline plans for the birthday year.

Italian Catholic writer analyses Benedict XVI style on first anniversary.

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Pope Benedict celebrates a year of pontificate, Italian Catholic writer Vittorio Messori made a thorough depiction of what he considers is the style, thought and “way to proceed”, of the Pontiff, in an interview he gave to Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Life doesn't start at conception, but after says Cardinal Martini in dialogue with bio-ethicist

Apr 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Italian Vatican analyst Sandro Magister is releasing a long dialogue Cardinal  Martini sustained with Ignazio Marino, famous Italian bio-ethicist, and director of the Center of transplants of the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, about abortion, in-vitro fecundation and contraception

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