Archive of May 9, 2006

Judge orders removal of Mt. Soledad Cross

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- After a 17-year legal battle, Federal District Judge Gordon Thompson ordered San Diego officials to remove the historic Mount Soledad Cross within 90 days or face fines of $5,000 per day thereafter.

Recent polls show Americans shifting to pro-life attitudes

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to recent nationwide opinion polls, support for Roe v. Wade is waning and the majority of Americans would support restrictions on abortion, observes Deirdre McQuade, director of planning and information at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

Boston Cardinal, local Catholics to support a ballot vote on marriage

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley is urging Catholics in his archdiocese to contact their state senators and representatives and urge them to include a new amendment--defining marriage as an act between one man and one woman--on the November 2008 ballot.

U.S. pro-life group leads campaign urging Amnesty International not to embrace abortion as ‘human right’

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Human Life International, one of the most prominent pro-life organizations in the world, has reiterated its call to all pro-life advocates to write to Amnesty International (AI) and petition the organization not to promote abortion as a “human right.”

Salvadoran cardinal says Church’s authority on condom use belongs to the Pope

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador, El Salvador, said this week that only the Pope has the authority to define the Church’s position on the use of condoms by married couples in which one spouse is infected with HIV or AIDS.

Church in Cuba wants to spark spiritual renewal

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Havana announced that on September 8th, the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity, a new pastoral plan will be implemented in order to promote a spiritual renewal among the faithful.

Family is sole hope of humanity, says Spanish cardinal

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the closing of the International Congress, “Europe for Life,” held this past weekend at the Catholic University of San Antonio in Murcia, Spain, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, Archbishop of Toledo, called the family “the sole hope of humanity.”

Pope Benedict mourns Italian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI’s own words of condolence were read at the beginning of a funeral Mass, held this morning, during which Italy laid to rest two of its soldiers. Both lost their lives in a May 5th attack in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Italian, Dutch religious sisters to be beatified over weekend

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff has announced that two religious sisters will be beatified on May 13th and 14th during ceremonies scheduled to be held almost simultaneously in Italy and Holland.

Eleven new priests for Denver, largest ordination class in 40 years

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver will ordain 11 new priests for his diocese May 13, on the feast of Our Lady of Fatima, at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception.

Muslim refugees desecrate Belgian churches

May 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Illegal immigrants have taken refuge in some Belgian churches and, according to the conservative Brussels Journal, these churches “are being turned into mosques before [the bishops'] very eyes.”

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