Archive of April 5, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of April 5, 2006

Nationally broadcast Easter Mass to be celebrated in New Orleans cathedral

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This year’s nationally televised Easter mass will be taped at the Cathedral of St. Louis in New Orleans and presided by Archbishop Alfred Hughes. It will be available to ABC-TV stations nationwide to broadcast at their discretion April 16.

Anti-Catholic resolution prompts lawsuit

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A resolution, condemning Catholic moral teaching on homosexuality and urging San Francisco’s archbishop and Catholic Charities to defy Church directives prohibiting gay adoptions, has prompted a federal lawsuit by the Thomas More Law Center.

Indian director raises eyebrows with hopes to cast Paris Hilton as Mother Teresa

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An Indian movie director said he hopes to persuade Paris Hilton to play the role of Mother Teresa in an upcoming film.

Bible Society, pastors at odds over ‘Jesus Loves Porn Stars’ cover

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two California pastors and the American Bible Society are at odds over a cover design the pastors have requested for 10,000 copies of the Bible which they plan to distribute to those entrenched in the pornography industry.

Past, future World Youth Day leaders gather for first international meeting

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced that world leaders and organizers of the popular World Youth Day celebrations will gather for their first international meeting this weekend at Sassone Di Ciampino near Rome.

Pope prays for peace in Basque region, illuminated by St. Francis Xavier

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following his general audience held earlier today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI extended a special greeting to pilgrims from Spain, who will celebrate the 500th anniversary of the birth of their own St. Francis Xavier on Friday.

Those not in truth break from unity of Christ’s Church, says Pope

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- 30,000 people were on hand in St. Peter’s Square this morning to hear Pope Benedict XVI as he chided those who break communion with and within the Church by abandoning truth and denying the faith.

Cardinal Dziwisz calls for patience in beatification process of John Paul II

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Archbishop of Krakow and former personal secretary to Pope John Paul II, has called upon faithful to be patient regarding the beatification process of the late Pontiff, because “it is better to wait and do things right.”

India honors John Paul II with massive new statue

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In order to commemorate the first anniversary of the death of the Servant of God, Pope John Paul II, the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, India has commissioned a statue of the beloved Pontiff to honor his memory.

Poll shows that majority of Chileans consider religion very important

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- More than 60% of Chileans believe religion is “very important” in their lives, according to a recent poll taken by the Chilean daily “El Mercurio.”  The poll showed that in general, 50% consider religion to be important and 32% somewhat important, but emphasized the high value of religion in one's personal life.  

Pro-life groups denounce irregularities in efforts to legalize abortion in Colombia

Apr 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Foundation Futuro Colombia has denounced certain anomalies in the case being argued before the country’s Constitutional Court to legalize abortion. The group is demanding it be thrown out on the grounds that one of the court’s key reporters, Jaime Araujo, has expressed a pro-abortion view since the start of litigation.