Archive of May 2, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 2, 2006

Situation of Christians in West Bank worsening since Hamas take-over

May 2, 2006 - 11:00 pm .- The Catholic relief association, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) recentlyreported on the dire situation of Christians living in Israel’s WestBank, since the Hamas party came to power. “The crisis for the area'sabout 150,000 Christians has deepened,” they said, “especially withincreased intolerance to non-Muslims.”

Bishops of Bolivia criticize government for corruption, human rights abuses

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bolivian bishops began their annual assembly last weekend with an urgent call to the new government of Evo Morales to avoid reviving “the same ways of acting that in the past produced death and suffering.”

Uruguayan bishops want country to avoid commercial conflict with Argentina

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay has released a statement drafted at their last general assembly in which they call for efforts to avoid a commercial conflict with Argentina. The statement also announced a meeting between a group of bishops from Uruguay, Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil during the month of May.

‘Gospel of Judas’: an ideological attack against the Church, says Argentinean archbishop

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his television program, “Keys to a Better World,” Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata, Argentina, said this week that the controversial “gospel of Judas” is part of an “ideological attack” against the Catholic faith and the Church.

Amid growing energy crisis, Guatemala cardinal says politicians should ride bus or walk to work

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the current energy crisis produced by climbing oil prices, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno of Guatemala said this week that politicians should lead the way in living a simpler life.

U.S. bishops urge for more action, commitment in Darfur crisis

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops have called on elected officials to strengthen their efforts to bring an end to the ongoing moral and humanitarian crisis in Darfur.

Senator Byrd proposes constitutional prayer amendment

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- For the eighth time in 43 years, Sen. Robert Byrd (D—W.Va.) has proposed that the U.S. Congress adopt a constitutional amendment allowing voluntary prayer in public schools. Byrd introduced the amendment in the U.S. Senate April 27.

Catholics respond to Da Vinci Code craze

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Several books and resources have been developed by Catholics to set the record straight about the false claims made about their faith in Dan Brown’s bestselling fiction novel, The Da Vinci Code, the film version of which will be released in theatres May 19.

Church leaders in U.K. call for 'living wage' reform

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor and other senior clerics joined trade union leaders at a rally yesterday, on the fest of St. Joseph the Worker, in calling for a living wage for workers in the United Kingdom, reported

Pope Benedict mourns death of influential Latin American Cardinal

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has expressed his personal condolences at the death of Cardinal Raul Francisco Primatesta, Archbishop emeritus of Cordoba, Argentina, a man who has been called a “living testimony to the social doctrine of the Church.”

Vatican Social Scientists warn: no society can afford ‘vanishing youth’

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Holy See’s Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences concluded its 12th Plenary Session, discussing “Vanishing Youth? Solidarity with Children and Young People in an age of Turbulence,” concluding that no society can afford the loss of its young people, through neglect, abuse or abortion.

Hong Kong’s Cardinal says Vatican should cut talks with China

May 2, 2006 - 12:00 am .- China’s newly elevated Cardinal Joseph Zen has called for the Vatican to cut talks with his country’s government in light of the state’s decision to elevate Father Ma Yinglin to bishop on Sunday--something it did without the Holy See’s approval.