Archive of May 17, 2006

Peter invites us to "great adventure" of following Christ says Pope

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, Pope Benedict XVI held his general Audience, in which he recalled Peter’s spiritual journey,  and describing him as  a man  animated by a sincere religiosity,  who learned what following Jesus really means.

Pope Benedict asks for prayers for forthcoming trip to Poland.

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During today's general audience, held in St. Peter's Square, the Pope addressed some words to Polish pilgrims, expressing joy over his forthcoming visit to that country, due to begin in 8 days' time.

Da Vinci Code: Much-a-do about nothing

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “The Da Vinci Code: A film which, finally, the Church has little to be concerned about.” These are the words from Signis, the  Catholic communication association, after viewing the much announced movie yesterday. .

Liberals most likely to believe Da Vinci tale

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Data from recent surveys indicate that liberals and people who are not regular churchgoers are more likely to believe the tales proposed in The Da Vinci Code about Jesus having children with Mary Magdalene, said Catholic League president William Donohue.

Catholic Charities encouraged by Bush's push for immigration reform

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA is pleased with President George Bush’s recent speech endorsing comprehensive reforms to the country’s immigration laws. "We are hopeful that this push by the White House will move Congress forward towards necessary reforms,” said Fr. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA.

Catholic doctors call for vaccines not derived from aborted fetuses

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Medical Association is calling on pharmaceutical companies to develop vaccines that are not derived from aborted fetuses.

UK Muslims should stand up for Christians, says British cardinal

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- British Muslims should not remain silent when Christians are being denied their rights or are made subject to sharia law, said Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor.

Man obligated to seek the truth, says Nuncio in Spain

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Spain, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro, said this week “man is ontologically, but not morally, free, because he is obligated in conscience to seek out the truth in all its aspects.”

Colombian bishops praise government’s willingness to dialogue with Marxist rebels

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro, praised the proposal by the country’s president, Alvaro Uribe, to hold talks with the Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) if the Marxist rebel group agrees to cease hostilities.

Catholic doctors in Spain say defense of human life must be a priority in medical practice

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The new president of the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations, Jose Maria Simon Castellvi, said this week that since its Hippocratic origins, the essence of the practice of medicine demands respect for the life of every human being.

Argentinean TV network producing report on pro-life actions of Peruvian lawmakers

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On May 17 the Peruvian congress will be visited by a group of journalists from the Catholic Radio and Television Network of Argentina, which is producing a report on the efforts of some Peruvian lawmakers to defend human life and the family.

Catholic initiative for untouchables bears remarkable results in India

May 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic initiative to give the poorest of the poor in India a fresh start in life is celebrating some ground-breaking achievements, reported Father Rossi Rego, SJ, Mission Procurator of the Karnataka (south west India) Jesuit Province.

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