Archive of May 25, 2006

I have come to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II, says Pope on beginning of Apostolic visit to Poland

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI arrived today in Poland for a four-day visit, in the homeland of his predecessor John Paul II.  "I have come to follow in the footsteps of John Paul II, along the path of his life," Benedict said in Polish to cheers from the crowd of airport staff and dignitaries who were on hand to greet him.

Pope meets with Polish Clergy in Saint John’s Cathedral

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This afternoon at Saint John’s Cathedral in Warsaw, Pope Benedict met with close to 1,000 representatives of the Polish clergy and emphasized that the task of strengthening the faith of Polish Catholics rested largely on their shoulders.

Divorce on the rise in Catholic Europe

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Divorce is on the rise in Europe’s three mostly Catholic countries, namely Italy, Portugal and Spain, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Saudi textbooks teach children not to be friends with Christians or Jews

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The latest textbooks of Saudi Arabia's public school curriculum continue to promote intolerance of other religions despite official pronouncements of curriculum reform, says a new study by the Center for Religious Freedom, part of Freedom House, a nonprofit group based in Washington.

Scotland abortions reach all-time high

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Policymakers in Scotland must gather their courage to publicly discourage early sexual activity and promote abstinence, said Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow after new government statistics revealed that the number of abortions in the country have reached an all-time high. There were 12,603 abortions in Scotland in 2005.

Bishop Kicanas urges protection for noncommercial religious speech on the Internet

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Internet is “a critical medium for religious speech” and there should be legislation in place to prevent Internet-access providers from interfering with Web content, said Bishop Gerald Kicanas in a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Italian bishops join in condemning EU resolution on homophobia

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Italy has joined the Spanish bishops in condemning a resolution of the EU Parliament on homophobia en Europe.  The bishops of Spain issued a statement condemning the resolution during their gathering in Madrid on May 11.

Cardinal Dias calls anti-conversion law “interfering in the affairs of God”

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to a recent anti-conversion law passed in India, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization, said this week, “Opposition to authentic conversion constitutes an undue interference in the affairs of God.”

Ecclesial movements satisfy spiritual hunger of thousands, says Cardinal Stafford

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Referring to Pope Benedict XVI’s upcoming gathering with the different ecclesial movements and associations on Pentecost Sunday, Cardinal James Frances Stafford, the former president of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said the movements “have satisfied the spiritual hunger of hundreds of thousands of laity.”

Denver Archbishop proposes mediation in sex-abuse cases

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput announced yesterday a mediation program to help individuals who have brought claims against the Archdiocese of Denver to heal and be compensated for their injuries.

“As a community, the Church must practice love, says Pope during ecumenical meeting in Warsaw

May 25, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict met this evening with representatives of  seven churches of the polish ecumenical council at the Holy Trinity Church in Warsaw.

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