Archive of April 3, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 3, 2006

Abdul Rahman publicly thanks Holy Father

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Abdul Rahman, the Afghan Christian convert who was condemned to death for abandoning the Muslim faith but later released under international pressure, publicly thanked Pope Benedict XVI for his intervention and his support.

Spanish bishops issue statement condemning law on assisted human reproduction

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Upon concluding its 86th Plenary Assembly, Spain’s Catholic Bishops’ Conference issued a powerful document condemning a new law on assisted human reproduction that promotes cloning and genetic engineering.

Mother of the Year finalist refused abortion, delayed leukemia treatment until daughter’s birth

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to a report on, Sarah Peck, a 31 year-old British mother, postponed treatment for leukemia when her diagnosis and eagerly-awaited third pregnancy were confirmed on the same day in 2004.

Archbishop pleads for end to Christian exodus from Middle East

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Alepo, Syria, has said that “the Church needs Christians in the Middle East” and has therefore called it essential that the exodus of faithful away from the region be slowed.

John Paul II, Pope Benedict’s childhood homes, now in Church hands, secured as museums

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s home southern Poland, where he was born in 1920, was bought by one of Poland’s richest businessman, Ryszard Krauze, and donated to the Catholic Church March 31.

Stance on Immigration threatens GOP Hispanic outreach, says Catholic analyst

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- With their current House immigration bill, the Republicans risk becoming an anti-immigrant party and “losing ground both with Hispanic voters and non-Hispanic Catholic voters who sympathize with their plight,” says Deal Hudson, editor of the e-magazine “The Window.”

Married convert, Mexican native are first of both kinds ordained in Delaware

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Wilmington experienced two firsts this weekend with the priestly ordinations of a Mexican native and a married man, who was formerly a Lutheran pastor.

US bishops applaud debt cancellation of 17 countries

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) welcomed the decision by the World Bank Executive Board to approve debt cancellation for an initial 17 countries, effective July 1, as well as the agreement to cancel poor countries’ debt in the least time possible.

Pope to Ivory Coast bishops, peace can only come through generous forgiveness, true reconciliation

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI met with a number of Bishop’s from Africa’s often violence-ridded Ivory Coast, to whom he explained that although the road to peace is long and difficult, the Church must strive to build a “world of reconciliation.”

Pope Benedict echoes Patriarch’s call for 2-day fast for peace in Iraq

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his Sunday Angelus prayer, Pope Benedict echoed a request made recently by His Beatitude Emmanuel III Delly, patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans, as well as other Iraqi bishops, calling for two days of prayer and fasting for peace in Iraq and throughout the world.

Tens of thousands gather for candlelit memorial remembering John Paul II

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “Faithfulness and dedication” were the two recurring words used by Pope Benedict XVI to recall his predecessor John Paul II who died one year ago Sunday. Tens of thousands--many of them from the late Pope’s native Poland--gathered in Rome over the weekend to recall the life of a man already being hailed as “John Paul the Great.”

Pope Benedict: John Paul II died one year ago as he always lived; animated by faith, giving self up to God

Apr 3, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, the Catholic Church paused to remember the one-year-ago-to-the-day death of Pope John Paul II. Pope Benedict XVI said that the completion of the late Holy Father’s earthly life was the fulfillment of a “coherent witness of faith” which constituted the Polish Pope’s entire existence.