Archive of May 5, 2006

Pro-life groups question reliability of abortion report, point out contradictions

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops’ pro-life office and Concerned Women for America each commented on the Guttmacher report issued yesterday, titled “Abortion in Women’s Lives,” pointing out inherent contradictions and raising questions about its reliability.

Potential election of gay Episcopal bishop in California could have far-reaching consequences

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Episcopalians of the Diocese of California will vote for a new bishop this weekend, but the results may create greater division among already-tense churches in the worldwide Anglican Communion.  

Relics of six Mexican saints visit Denver

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A silver cross containing the relics of six Mexican priests martyred in the 1920s will be on display at Denver’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for public veneration from May 5-7. Colorado is one of just eight states to which the relics of these six Mexican priests are traveling.

Indian Bishops call for peace after Muslim shrine is razed

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India on Wednesday condemned the continuing violence in the city of Vadodara and said the outbreak of riots is a setback to the healing process that had begun in India’s western state of Gujarat.

Mexican bishops call for efforts to reduce emigration

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released at the conclusion of their recent 81st Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico has exhorted the country’s presidential candidates to “strengthen our democratic life” and to introduce “urgent social changes” that will reduce its own citizen’s need to emigrate to other countries.

Experts propose new study on Shroud of Turin

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the International Convention on the Holy Shroud of Turin, which took place last Sunday at the Catholic University of Valencia in Spain, a group of experts proposed a new scientific study be carried out on the famous relic.

Remains of priest kidnapped by revolutionaries found in Colombia

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Authorities this week said DNA tests have revealed that human remains discovered near the San Juan River in northwestern Colombia are those of Father Javier Francisco Montoya, who was kidnapped on November 21, 2004 by the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC).

Traveling WYD Cross damaged in Senegal

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The official World Youth Day Cross, which is currently visiting countries in Africa on its way to Sydney for next World Youth Day celebration to be held in 2008, was damaged in Senegal when the vehicle that was carrying it was involved in an accident.

Humanitarian groups worried about Amnesty International’s wide-sweeping abortion initiative

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A number of pro-life organizations, including the Catholic 'Aid to the Church in Need' (ACN), have raised their voices against the international human rights advocacy group, Amnesty International, and its declared intention to spread abortion rights around the world.

Catholic Church in Colorado scores victory as statutes of limitation bill crumbles

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Colorado scored a hard-fought victory yesterday as the state House of Representatives rejected a bill which many call “blatantly anti-Catholic” in its effort to create an open season on lawsuits against the Church over sexual abuse cases in which the perpetrator may have died decades ago.

Main aim of mission groups is to bend down, like good Samaritans, over our brothers’ needs, says Cardinal Sepe

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples yesterday addressed the national Directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies (PMS) gathered in Rome for their ordinary General Assembly. He stressed that “Our missionary activity is the effort we put in our work to make people know that God is love.”

Pope Benedict thanks Swiss Guard for 500 years of ‘priceless’ service

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following a 720 kilometer trek from Switzerland to Rome, Pope Benedict XVI thanked members of the Swiss Guard who had traced the historic route of their predecessors 500 years ago to protect Pope Julius II and the Catholic Church from its enemies.

European Union Bishops encourage politicians, citizens to create framework for just society in Europe

May 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Conference of European Union Bishops (COMECE) Executive Committee has issued a statement ahead of Europe Day (May 9, 2006) in which they welcome reflection on the future of Europe as well as positive initiatives of the European Commission but warm that debates must continue in the determination of Europe’s identity.  

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