Archive of April 25, 2006

Urgent call for prayer as decision on abortion looms over Columbian Supreme Court

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pro-life and pro-family groups in Colombia are urging prayers for the right to life in that country after it was revealed that four of Colombia’s nine Supreme Court justices have made up their minds on the issue of abortion.

Mexican presidential candidates to present proposals to bishops

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, confirmed this week that several of the country’s presidential candidates, including Roberto Madrazo, Andres Lopez Obrador and Felipe Calderon, will address the bishops at their general assembly April 24-28 about their proposals for the country.

Cardinal Rouco calls for ‘alliance of faith’ between Argentina and Spain

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of Mass at the Basilica of Lujan near Buenos Aires, the archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, called on the people of Argentina and Spain to “advance an alliance of faith, founded on the love of Christ.”

Socialists petition Spanish congress to recognize ‘human rights’ of apes

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to reports that Socialists in Spain have asked the congress in that country to include apes in the category of persons, Archbishop Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona said such attempts to be “progressive” were “ridiculous” and that calling for human rights for apes was like calling for humans to be granted the rights of bulls.

Benedict XVI plans October visit to Verona for historic Italian ecclesial convention

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Italian Bishops Conference announced today that Pope Benedict is planning on visiting the city of Verona in northern Italy on October 19--the occasion of the 4th National Ecclesial Convention, an event that gathers the representatives of the Catholic Church in Italy once each decade.

U.S. bishops pledge support to ban on same-sex marriage

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A coalition of some 50 prominent religious leaders, including six Catholic cardinals and six archbishops, have signed a petition and pledged to support a constitutional amendment blocking same-sex marriage, reported the New York Times.

Judge calls Spokane sexual abuse settlement legally unacceptable

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A federal bankruptcy judge has decided that the nearly $46-million settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane and sex abuse victims is legally unacceptable.

Colorado mourns 39th anniversary of America's first abortion law

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Colorado Right to Life (CRLC) is recalling the anniversary of the passage of the nation's first abortion law, signed April 25, 1967, and mourning the loss of the millions of innocent babies killed in their mother's womb since then.

Archbishop Chaput calls for fairness in sex-abuse lawsuits, settlements

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As controversy heats up nationwide and particularly in Colorado over the question of amending statutes of limitation for sexual abusers, Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is saying that any new legislation “must be comprehensive, fair, and equally applied.”

Catholic Charities, Christian Churches voice opposition to unfair french immigration reform

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A number of France’s major church leaders, including Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard, President of the French Bishops Conference and Archbishop of Bordeaux, have sent a letter to the government expressing concern over the drafting of a bill to reform the country’s immigration law. The bill is scheduled to be debated in parliament.

Pontifical Justice and Peace undersecretary named Coadjutor of Venice, Florida

Apr 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced that Pope Benedict XVI has named Monsignor Frank J. Dewane, Undersecretary of the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, as Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Venice, Florida.

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