Archive of December 18, 2006

Church announces joy in the midst of trial, Pope reminds

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday morning, praying the Angelus with them and inviting them to remember the deep hope and joy which comes to the world through Christ – even in the midst of suffering and trial.

Benedict XVI: Jews and Christians must work together for peace in the world

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Receiving a delegation from the Jewish organization B’nai B’rith International, Pope Benedict XVI said today that Christians and Jews, along with Muslims, are called to work together for peace and healing in the world.

Pope Benedict offers special prayer for Iraqi refugees

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following the praying of the Angelus, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the especially difficult circumstances which face the many refugees fleeing Iraq.

Human rights should be at the heart of immigration policy, Vatican says

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the United Nations International Commission on Migration today, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations offices in Geneva, Switzerland, insisted on the necessity to maintain a strong immigration policy that is based upon ethics and human rights.  

Catholic News Agency switching to limited service during redesign

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In January 2007 the Catholic News Agency and its sister site, ACI Prensa, will complete a redesign of their websites.  As the project enters its final phase, CNA will offer only limited news services until the new year.

New Jersey State legislature passes bills funding embryonic stem cell research and allowing homosexual unions

Dec 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The State Legislature of New Jersey struck twice last week, passing a bill that offers funding for embryonic stem cell research and another that makes New Jersey the third state to allow homosexual civil unions.  The Catholic Conference of New Jersey spoke to CNA regarding both pieces of legislation.

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