Archive of May 11, 2006

‘Sad day in Colombia’, say bishops, as country legalizes abortion

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a decision which the Colombian bishops lament has come on “a sad day for Colombia”, the country’s Constitutional Court--equivalent to theU.S. Supreme Court--has legalized the practice of abortion.

Federal legislator blogs ‘truth about stem cells’

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Advances in adult and umbilical cord-blood stem-cell research have surpassed embryonic stem-cell research, but media hype and several misconceptions continue to fuel support for government subsidized embryonic stem-cell research, said United States Rep. Christopher Smith on The Hill’s Congress Blog yesterday.

Archdiocese of Denver hosts national African-American Catholic youth conference

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 200 youth from across the country attended the annual Sankofa Family Summit IX, whose expressed goal is to respond to the educational, psychological and spiritual needs of African American youths and families.

Opus Dei releases founder’s ‘The Way’ ahead of ‘Da Vinci Code’ opening

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As part of its communications blitz to counter the negative image of Opus Dei in Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code”, Opus Dei has authorized the reprinting of their founder’s most well-known book, "The Way.”

Sirius to launch New York-based Catholic radio channel

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. announced Wednesday that it plans to create a new channel of exclusively Catholic programming in cooperation with the Archdiocese of New York, reports the Associated Press.

Pope stresses concerns in meeting with Venezuelan president

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a day marked by strong words, Pope Benedict XVI met today with Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez, to whom he expressed his concerns over the Church’s sometimes tenuous situation in that country as well as a number of the leader’s proposed national reforms.

Pope Benedict stresses importance of marriage as a great ‘good for society’

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Experts and students in the field of marriage and family study from around the world are meeting in Rome this week for a congress sponsored by the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family--currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Pope Benedict chides Canadian Bishops: rediscover centrality of the Eucharist

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting earlier today with a group of prelates from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Pope Benedict XVI had strong words regarding the state of the Church in that country, stressing the need for increased devotion to the Eucharist, stronger priestly formationand greater outreach to young people.

Quebec City boy, who was born deaf, sings a song to Pope Benedict today

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today  Jeremy Gabriel of Quebec City stood before Pope Benedict XVI and sang in his soft, high-pitched voice his rendition of "Je Louerai L'Éternel" (I Will Praise the Everlasting). Jeremy has Treacher-Collins Syndrome, a rare birth defect characterized by facial anomalies such as downward slanting eyes, a small lower jaw, underdeveloped or missing cheekbones and malformed or missing ears.

Belgium Bishops release declaration on church occupations

May 11, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today the Bishops of Belgium held a press conference in order to explain their position on the current occupation of church buildings by undocumented foreigners. A formal declaration was issued subsequently. This comes a day after the declaration of the Apostolic nuncio in Belgium.

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