Archive of April 24, 2006

Catholics, Protestants join to disprove claims of Da Vinci Code

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic and Protestant churches in Colorado are joining forces to rebut the claims made about Christianity in the The Da Vinci Code before it hits movie theaters May 19, reported the Denver Rocky Mountain News. They say they want to counter the story's fabrications, not boycott the book or movie.

Christian coalition disappointed by Bush's apology to Chinese president

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush should have taken a stronger stand on the human rights violations and religious persecution by the Chinese government on the Falun Gong at an April 20 press conference, says the Christian Defense Coalition.

Dean tells churches, religious groups: ‘give up religion or stay out of politics’

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Recent comments made by Howard Dean, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, make it “clear that he wants to muzzle America's churches and religious groups from professing what they believe on important issues facing our society,” said a national Catholic-based advocacy group.

Vatican could take action against Irish priests who celebrated Easter Mass with Protestant clergy

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three Augustinian priests who concelebrated Easter Mass with a Church of Ireland clergyman could be dismissed from the priesthood by the Vatican, reported the Sunday Business Post.

Church has not changed position on respect for human life, other moral issues, says Msgr. Sgreccia

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Elio Sgreccia, responded to statements by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, published Friday by the online Italian magazine “L’Espresso,” and said the Catholic Church has not changed her position on fundamental issues such as the right to life from conception to natural death.

Pro-family groups call on Spanish government to better support pregnant women

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of a poll conducted by the Institute for Family Policy in Spain, which showed that most Spaniards consider the government’s efforts to address unwanted pregnancies a failure, several pro-family groups are calling on the government to reconsider its position and provide better assistance to pregnant women.

Questions arise about scholars who collaborated in National Geographic’s Gospel of Judas presentation

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Questions have arisen about the group of scholars who collaborated with National Geographic in its recent T.V. special about the “discovery” and contents of the alleged Gospel of Judas, which attempts to portray Jesus’ betrayer in a positive light.  

Pope to Jesuits: continue important apostolate, but maintain intact the true spirit of founder St. Ignatius

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with leaders of the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits, Pope Benedict affirmed the genuine cultural need for the group’s apostolate but charged them to maintain the true spirit of their 16th century founder, St. Ignatius of Loyola.

Pope Benedict to Ghana Bishops: Build up young people, strong marriages, suitable candidates for the priesthood

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Meeting with a group of prelates from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Ghana, Pope Benedict XVI said today that despite many economic and social struggles in the African country, that the Church continues to shine forth as “a beacon of hope” for Christians.

Church in Latin America, worldwide should draw inspiration from life of St. Toribio, says Pope

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Catholic Church in Latin America prepares to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the death of its patron Saint, St. Toribio de Mogrovejo, the Vatican has released Pope Benedict’s official message for the event in which he recalls the Saint’s profound impact on the region and the world.

Divine Mercy is no ‘secondary devotion’ but an integral dimension of Christian faith, prayer, says Pope

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Over 50,000 people gathered a the Vatican yesterday for the celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday, which Pope Benedict called an integral dimension to the faith and prayer life of all Christians.

Vatican office clarifies: teaching on condoms and AIDS will not change

Apr 24, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An official from the Pontifical Council for Health and Pastoral Care, presided by Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragán, made it clear today that the recent interview given by the Mexican prelate to the Italian daily La Reppublica, doesn’t hint at any change in the doctrine of the Church on the use of condoms to fight Aids.

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