Archive of May 3, 2006

Nun who launched Vatican website to launch faith-based community site

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The woman behind the much-renowned Vatican website is working on a new faith-based community site, which will be launched this fall and aim to bring together Catholics from around the world.

Harvard study challenges authenticity of abstinence, virginity pledges

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new study released by the Harvard School of Public Health challenges the authenticity of pledges made by adolescents to abstain from premarital sex until marriage.

Change of heart: University chancellor allows student fees to be directed to Catholic group

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Chancellor John Wiley of the University of Wisconsin-Madison has changed his mind about directing student fees to religious organizations, saying Tuesday that he “provisionally” approved of directing $145,000 to the UW Roman Catholic Foundation.

Situation of Christians in West Bank worsening since Hamas take-over

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic relief association, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recently reported on the dire situation of Christians living in Israel’s West Bank, since the Hamas party came to power. “The crisis for the area's about 150,000 Christians has deepened,” they said, “especially with increased intolerance to non-Muslims.”

Cardinal Martino calls lay the ‘light and soul of society’

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “You are a privileged partner and the light and soul of society,” said the Vatican’s Cardinal Renato Martino, speaking on the role of lay people in the Church during this week’s gathering of the Kolping movement in Vienna, Austria.

Could Notre Dame help save Washington DC’s troubled John Paul II Center?

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The University of Notre Dame may step in to save the financially troubled John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington, D.C., which has been suffering under economic strain since its opening in 2001.

Orthodox, Catholic leaders gather to discuss state of the ‘soul of Europe’

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Starting today, leaders from the Vatican and the patriarch of Moscow are meeting together in for an historic joint conference in Vienna, Austria to discuss the theme,  "Returning a Soul to Europe".

Pope Benedict mourns victims of Black Sea airline crash

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict has sent his personal condolences, by way of Cardinal Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, for the victims of an Armenian plane crash which occurred yesterday night off Russia’s Black Sea coast. All 113 passengers on board are now believed dead.

Ordination of new Bishop will harm the Church, says Chinese dissident

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- China's state-sanctioned Catholic church has installed its second new bishop to be appointed without Vatican approval this week. The Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association ordained Liu Xinhong as bishop of the city of Wuhu at St. Joseph's Church in the eastern province of Anhui on Wednesday.

Pope Benedict: Through apostolic ministry, Christ Himself maintains the Church

May 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a crowd of some 52,000 people in St. Peter‘s Square today, Pope Benedict XVI explained that through apostolic tradition, the Word of God is passed down from Christ himself through the apostles and their successors--in its full integrity--to members of the Church today.

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