Archive of May 22, 2006

Priests urge Oklahoma governor to sign pro-life bill

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Oklahoma Senate has passed a comprehensive pro-life bill on a number of abortion-related matters. If signed into law, SB 1742 would require the consent of one parent before a minor can receive an abortion. It would expand the recognition of an unborn child as a separate victim if a crime is committed against the mother.

Iran requires religious minorities to wear identification badges

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Iran has passed a law requiring Jews, Christians and other religious minorities to wear markings on their clothing identifying them as non-Muslims:

US Senate passes broadcast decency bill

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Senate passed The Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act by unanimous consent. The measure increases the current broadcast indecency fines from $32,500 to $325,000. The bill was sponsored by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and shepherded through the Senate by Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN).

Lay people should tell Catholic politicians they are disappointed with pro-abortion stance, says cardinal

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Lay people should consistently and with charity tell Catholic, pro-abortion politicians that they are disappointed, said Cardinal George Pell.

Italian Jesuit Magazine plays down announced change in Church’s Condom position

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .-  An article in the authoritative Jesuit  journal “La Civiltà Cattolica”  confirms that the Church will not loosen its restrictions. Not even when it comes to AIDS in Africa.

Teaching faith cannot be reduced to mere transmission of 'things' or body of abstract truths, says Pope Benedict to Canadian Bishops

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, the Canadian Bishops continued  their ad-limina visit. The Holy Father received prelates from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops and Atlantic Assembly.

Pope calls institutes of consecrated life for a renewed faithfulness to the call of the Spirit

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At midday today, Benedict XVI received male and female superiors general from institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life, calling them for a renewd faithfulness to the call of the Spirit.

‘Church encourages believers to love justice and to participate honestly in public and professional life,’ says Pope to new Spanish Ambassador

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Benedict XVI received today the Letters of Credence of Francisco Vazquez Vazquez, the new Spanish ambassador to the Holy See, as he recalled  the Spanish people's constant attachment to the Catholic faith.

Ascension reveals the 'ultimate vocation' of all human beings, says Pope during prayer today

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At midday today, Benedict XVI appeared at the window of his private study in order to pray the "Regina Coeli" with thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square below.

Pope appoints Cardinal Ivan Dias, archbishop of Bombay, India, as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of People

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Ivan Dias, has been appointed Prefect of the Congregation of the Evangelization of the Peoples at the Vatican. He will continue as administrator of the archdiocese of Bombay until he leaves to take over his responsibilities at the Vatican.

Spanish watchdog site calls on Latin Americans to protest UN abortion policies

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In order to stop the spread of abortion into other countries of Latin America—where last week Colombia became the first country to partially legalize the practice—the Spanish civil rights website is calling on Latin Americans to urge pro-life groups to speak out at the UN against its abortion policies.

Expert rejects proposed reforms that could make abortion legal in Argentina

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Father Alberto Bochatey, director of the Institute on Bioethics of the Catholic University of Argentina, has warned that rather than introducing legal reforms, governments should instead be concentrating on how to help women contemplating abortion to save the life of their babies.

Mexican soccer team hoping for help from Our Lady of Guadalupe

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Mexican soccer team is planning to pray before the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City and consecrate the team to her before heading off to Germany for the 2006 World Cup.

European Union to convene religious leaders for debate on moral values and human rights

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The European Union has convened religious leaders of various faiths for a gathering on May 30 in Brussels to debate moral values and other issues such as freedom, democracy, tolerance and human rights.

Congressional group says Air Force policy denies first amendment rights of Christian chaplains

May 22, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Some members of congress are calling on President Bush to overturn a new policy, recently enacted by the U.S. Department of Defense in light of a recent Air Force Academy controversy, which they say violates the first amendment rights of Christian chaplains.

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