Archive of March 8, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 8, 2006

Chinese government angry over naming of new cardinal

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Chinese government’s discontent at the naming of the bishop of Hong Kong to the College of Cardinals was finally made manifest this Tuesday as the country’s Foreign Affairs minister, Li Zhaoxing said, "We hope the Vatican will not maintain a so-called diplomatic relations with a province or a locality of China.”

Bishops of Argentina launch campaign to fight AIDS

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The secretariat for family ministry of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina has printed 50,000 bumper stickers with the phrase, “Remedy for AIDS: a man and woman, together for life,” in order to make Argentineans aware that only abstinence and fidelity can ensure success in fighting the spread of AIDS.

Parishes around the world to receive catechetical material for World Meeting of Families

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Valencia have published the preparatory catechetical material for the World Meeting of Families 2006, which will be sent to all the parishes around the world.

Website launched for world congress on Catholic TV

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Organizers of the World Congress of Catholic TV, which will take place October 10-12 in Madrid, have launched a website at, where they will make all of the information about the event available online.

USCCB president urges Congress to prioritize poor people in budget decisions

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop William Skylstad, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged Congress to make poor people in the U.S. and abroad a priority when adopting a new budget.

Pro-life leader commends Georgia Senate

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Georgia Senate must be applauded for approving three bills related to pre-born children, said Fr. Frank Pavone

Media reports on sexual abuse unjustified, says Catholic League

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president Bill Donohue says bigotry was behind the decision of two mid-Western newspapers to publish feature articles on sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Christian rights leader’s home raided by police in India

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Fifteen Indian police officers raided the home of Christian human rights advocate Sajan George Monday, reported the Freedom House's Center for Religious Freedom.

Sacred art festival considers relationship between art and faith

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The city of more than 100 steeples will host its first sacred art festival this month. The event was initiated by Fr. Alain Mongeau, the pastor of two parishes in Montreal’s trendy Plateau district.

Upcoming African Bishop’s Synod will focus on reconciliation, peace, justice

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today in Rome, representatives from the Catholic Church in Africa met to plan the second ever Bishop’s Synod on that continent. The Synod was called for by John Paul II in 2004 and confirmed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Vatican exhibition to celebrate 500 years of Swiss Guard

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials at the Vatican are celebrating 500 years of protection by the Swiss Guard with a new exhibition commemorating the world’s oldest active military force.

British Church invites visit from Pope Benedict

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, head of the Catholic Conference of Bishops in England and Wales has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Britain; an act which recalls the historic 1982 visit of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II.

In effort to ‘right past wrongs’, Archdiocese of Dublin publishes massive sexual-abuse report

Mar 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In what Archbishop Diardmuid Martin calls an effort to actively “right past wrongs”, the Archdiocese of Dublin has published a report admitting that 102 of its priests--some 3.5% of its total--have been suspected of sexually or physically abusing young people since 1940.