Archive of May 16, 2006

Bishop Donald W. Wuerl of Pittsburgh appointed Archbishop of Washington

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict named bishop Donald W. Wuerl, bishop of Pittsburgh,  as the new Archbishop of Washington. He will be installed on June 22, 2006. He has served as 11th bishop of Pittsburgh since February 12, 1988.

U:S Bishops vow for a long-term strategy to address the root causes of immigration

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops are wary of President Bush’s reported proposal to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexican border and are calling for reform of U.S. immigration laws. Their position was outlined in a May 15 statement by Bishop Gerald R. Barnes of San Bernardino, California, Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Migration.

Cardinal Ruini addresses Italian Bishop Conference, voices deep criticism on ethical issues

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar for the Archdiocese of Rome opened yesterday the assembly of Italian Bishops Conference, at the Vatican. Cardinal Ruini took the opportunity to recall the Church's strong commitment on ethical issues.

Montreal diocesan campaign posters teach sacred meaning of religious swear words

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- French-language posters for the Archdiocese of Montreal’s annual fundraising campaign have generated more press attention than usual.

San Antonio announces largest ordination class in years

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Assumption Seminary is presenting its largest ordination class in years.

New bishop installed in Cleveland

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The bishop who briefly led the Archdiocese of Boston for seven months after Cardinal Bernard Law quit was installed Monday as the bishop of Cleveland. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston led more than 300 priests and bishops at the standing room-only installation mass at St. John Cathedral, reported the Associated Press.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima marks one year countdown to next CELAM meeting

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The secretary general of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Bishop Andres Stanovnik, noted with joy this weekend that the feast of Our Lady of Fatima fell on exactly the same date on which one year from now CELAM will hold its fifth general conference in Aparecida, Brazil, on May 13, 2007.

Mexican bishops make available online video explaining Da Vinci Code

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Due to the overwhelming response to a documentary produced by the Mexican Bishops’ Conference on the Da Vinci Code, the bishops have made the video available for download on their website

Dominican bishops call on voters to elect leaders who will care for the common good

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a document on the issue of voting in the country’s upcoming elections, the bishops of the Dominican Republic have called on voters to elect leaders who will care for the common good instead of the good of particular individuals.

Spanish cardinal says refusal to help families reaps incalculable consequences

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass in Valencia in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in July, the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, said the refusal to appropriately support the family is “irresponsible and suicidal” and would lead to “crisis and destruction of incalculable consequences.”

‘Holly's Law’ needed to protect women from RU-486, says USCCB office

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A public workshop in response to women’s deaths linked to abortion drug RU-486 was a “constructive step,” but it does not lessen the need for a law to suspend the drug, says an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

Planned Parenthood fundraisers on Mother’s Day in bad taste

May 16, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Planned Parenthood organized fundraisers over Mother’s Day weekend in South Dakota — a move that has citizens reeling at the callousness of the organization.

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