Archive of March 17, 2006 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 17, 2006

Paris Mass for life remembers Christian scientist, Jerome Lejeune.

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Officials have announced that a Mass for life will to be celebrated in Paris next month in honor of renown Christian scientist and professor, Jerome Lejeune.

Church stands firm in opposition to immigration reform bill

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics, both episcopal leaders and laypeople, continue to voice their opposition to a pending U.S. immigration reform bill, H.R. 4437, which they view as unfair and which could penalize churches for helping undocumented immigrants.

US bishops affirm support for marriage amendment

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Alliance for Marriage is bolstered by the U.S. bishops’ strong endorsement of the group’s Marriage Protection Amendment, said the group in a press release yesterday.

Catholics can have their corned beef and eat it too; many bishops allow meat on St. Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- While the Catholic Church prohibits eating meat on Fridays during Lent, bishops in about one-third of the U.S.'s 197 dioceses have issued a one-day waiver of the rule for St. Patrick’s Day, citing the tradition of having meals of corned beef and cabbage, reported the Washington Post.

Issue of gay adoptions not as divisive as gay marriage

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s recent reiteration of its position against Catholic organizations facilitating gay adoptions has raised more debate on the issue in the United States. But many observers say this debate will prove much less divisive than gay marriage, reported The Christian Science Monitor.

Power of media must be harnessed for good of humanity, says Pope, not self-serving profit

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an address to Catholic thinkers entrenched in the world of social communications, Pope Benedict XVI stressed the need to harness thepower of media for the good of society, urging them to denounce that which is morally destructive and merely profit-driven.

Mutual messages between Pope and Russian Patriarch stress reconciliation, becoming signs of peace, respect to the world

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has told His Holiness Alexis II, patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, that the world today needs to hear voices indicating the way of peace, condemning violence and upholding the dignity of individuals and their human rights.

Pope to hold meeting with Roman Curia to discuss reforms and SSPX schism

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- According to Vatican sources, Pope Benedict XVI has scheduled an unplanned meeting with the presidents of the different Vatican dicasteries, at which he will discuss reforms of the Curia and relations with the Saint Pius X, Lefebvrist schism.

Cuban diocese honors Father Varela

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier this month, Bishop Jose Manuel Perez of Pinar del Rio, Cuba, unveiled a new statute in honor of the Father Felix Varela, one of Cuba’s most important historical figures, at the diocesan cathedral.

Argentine bishops say memory of dictatorship necessary to build a better democracy

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a document this week entitled, “Remembering the past in order to wisely build the present,” which points out that for the good of democracy, the Argentine dictatorship which began on March 24, 1976, should not be forgotten.

Analyst says Catholic democrats ‘can’t have it both ways’

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In light of the recently released, and much debated “Statement of Principles”, signed by a number of U.S. Catholic democratic party leaders, Catholic analyst and papal biographer George Weigel is charging that although many of the politician’s words oppose abortion, their actions don‘t back it up.

New monthly will provide ongoing information about beatification of John Paul II

Mar 17, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vicariate of Rome has announced that they will launch a new monthly magazine that will provide ongoing information about the process for the beatification and canonization of Pope John Paul II.