Archive of February 27, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 27, 2006

Lenten radio retreats in English, Spanish

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A series of Lenten radio retreats is now available in English and Spanish.

Joint Jewish-Catholic social programs discussed in Vatican meeting

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic and Jewish representatives met Sunday at the Vatican to discuss joint social programs.

Two priests arrested in China, group says Olympic Committee should consider canceling 2008 games in China

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With the arrest of two more priests in China this month, the Cardinal Kung Foundation is calling on the Olympic Committee to consider canceling the next summer Olympic Games, which are scheduled to take place in China, in 2008.

Bishops condemn attack on Golden Mosque

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Deliberately targeting and destroying religious sites is “reprehensible as it seeks to damage the core of peoples’ culture, belief and community,” said the United States bishops in a statement issued Friday.

Nigerian bishops condemn violence sweeping the country

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria has condemned the recent wave of violence that has swept across the region of Maiduguri in the state of Borno, as Muslim extremists continued to protest the publication of cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed.

Freedom of expression is not freedom to offend others, says Vatican spokesman

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Amidst the debate over cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed that were published in Europe and have sparked riots across the Muslim world, the director of the Holy See Press Office, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, said Friday the “right to free expression is an absolute right but it is linked to other rights such as that of respecting others.”

German bishops, politicians, discuss future policies on the family

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Germany recently organized a special forum on marriage and the family in Berlin, with the purpose of discussing perspectives and commitments regarding future policy on the family.

Embryo is a child with special relationship to God and parents, says Vatican official

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Msgr. Elio Sgreccia, said last week the embryo is definitely “a child: a child with a special relationship with her parents, and for believers, a special relationship with God.”

Do not allow Lent to become heavy, burdensome, but approach with a new spirit, Pope tells faithful

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting Sunday on the upcoming liturgical season of Lent, Pope Benedict XVI challenged faithful to approach the period with a new spirit; not one that is heavy and burdened, but one that sees Jesus, and his Life, offered through the cross.

Pope Benedict: All men, women, whatever stage or condition in life, shine with reflection of God’s reality

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Vatican’s much-anticipated International Congress on “the human embryo prior to implantation” begins today, Pope Benedict XVI met with delegates, to whom he stressed the importance of the divine reality of God, shining forth through even the simplest and smallest human being, namely, the embryo. 

Facing threats to the faith together: Pope affirms commitment to building unity with Greek Orthodox Church

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- At noon today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a group of priests and seminarians visiting as representatives of the Orthodox Church of Greece. He told them that as the culture of Europe and the world become increasingly hostile to the Christian faith, Catholics and Orthodox must work together to spread the Gospel message.

4,000 young people stand up for sexual purity

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center, organizers of a weekend-long pornography expo were busy packing up the last of their gear. Meanwhile, across town at the Denver Coliseum, throngs of local young people were promoting a different view of sexuality.

Pope Benedict calls the youth to be "a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ"

Feb 27, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In his message to all the youth in the world, for the celebration of the XXI World Youth Day, which will take place on Palm Sunday, April 9,  Pope Benedict called the youth to be “a new generation of apostles anchored firmly in the word of Christ, capable of responding to the challenges of our times and prepared to spread the Gospel far and wide.”