Archive of March 21, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 21, 2006

Cardinal George “deeply troubled” as Archdiocese of Chicago releases findings of massive abuse probe

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago released the disturbing findings of their "Report on Clerical Sexual Abuse of Minors Findings and Solutions" yesterday. In response to the wide-sweeping, independent probe, Cardinal Francis George said that he was “deeply troubled.”  

As anniversary of his death approaches, Canadian bishops offer resources for John Paul II memorials

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Churches across Canada have organized memorial services next month to commemorate Pope John Paul II. With the approaching first anniversary of his death, April 2, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) has made commemorative materials available for use in churches, chapels and schools.

Redemption key idea in John Paul II’s thought, says Pope Benedict

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In the written introduction for the new edition of John Paul II’s, “Memory and Identity,” Pope Benedict XVI notes that the key word of the entire thinking of the late Pope is “redemption,” a concept that in existential terms means “mercy.”  

Poor sales force laboratory to pull morning-after pill from Chilean market

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Grünenthal laboratory, which manufactures the morning-after pill in Chile, has decided to pull the drug from the market because of poor sales and the constant legal challenges being made by pro-life groups who denounce the drug’s abortifacient nature.

Catholic dissident leader says Church in Cuba still being persecuted

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three years after the Castro government’s massive crackdown on opposition groups, the leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, said the persecution of the Church in Cuba continues.

Penitential walk brings together 200,000 in Brazil

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Last weekend some 200,000 Brazilians joined together in a traditional penitential walk celebrated each year during Lent in the city of São Salvador da Bahía.  The city’s archbishop, Cardinal Geraldo Majella, led the walk.

Soon-to-be Cardinal O’Malley looks toward future for strained Archdiocese of Boston

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Boston’s Archbishop Sean O’Malley will travel to Rome where Pope Benedict XVI will officially be made a Cardinal. In an interview with the Boston Globe, the Cardinal-designate looked back on his time as Archbishop, and forward, as the Church faces new challenges and tries to make itself understood in what he called “a highly secularized culture.”

Pope Benedict to create 15 new Cardinals Friday

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the Church’s College of Cardinals will grow to 193 members. Among them, a 15 men will travel from various sees around the world to be named the first cardinals of Pope Benedict XVI’s pontificate.

Afghan man could face death for becoming Christian

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Associated Press is reporting that an Afghan man who reportedly converted from Islam to Christianity is facing a potential death sentence from a court in Kabul.

New family and marriage think tank sets up shop

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new Christian think tank on marriage and family has set up shop in Canada’s capital with the hopes of impacting upcoming debates in the House of Commons.

Boston Archdiocese announces removal of 8 priests

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday that 8 priests who were charged with sexual abuse have now been removed from the clerical state.

Church’s new doctrinal watchdog says Catholic politicians need to take Church teachings seriously

Mar 21, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Archbishop William Joseph Levada will be the first of 15 men from around the globe to be made Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI. Levada’s role is unique however. Earlier this year, he took over the Holy Father’s former job as Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith--a job charged with upholding the teachings of the Church.