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Vatican officials decry religious ignorance of ‘Da Vinci Code’

May 11, 2006

Three top Vatican officials have expressed dismay at what they see as a clear religious ignorance evident in book “The... Read more

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Spanish Minister of Justice says government will not seek legalization of euthanasia…for now

May 11, 2006

The Socialist government in Spain has decided not to use an upcoming reform of the country’s Penal Code to legalize... Read more

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U.K. bishops call on government to take urgent action against human trafficking

May 11, 2006

Stating that current measures to protect victims of human trafficking in the United Kingdom are inadequate, the bishops of England... Read more

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Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, British religious authorities urge Parliament against euthanasia bill.

May 11, 2006

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster has signed a joint letter with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and... Read more

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Belgium Bishops release declaration on church occupations

May 10, 2006

Today the Bishops of Belgium held a press conference in order to explain their position on the current occupation of... Read more

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Spanish pro-euthanasia association admits to ‘helping’ handicapped man die

May 9, 2006

Spain’s pro-euthanasia group “Right to Death with Dignity” (RDD) publicly admitted this week that it provided “technical information” to help... Read more

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No authentic democracy, human rights without respect for life, says Spanish cardinal

May 9, 2006

The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco said this week “if the precedence of the right to life over... Read more

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Jesuits acknowledge drop in vocations

May 9, 2006

The General House of the Society of Jesus reported this week that the number of Jesuits in the world has... Read more

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Swiss Federal Communication Authority prohibits TV ad for Catholic newspaper

May 9, 2006

The Federal Authority for Communications (Bakom) in Switzerland has prohibited the broadcasting of a short TV ad for the Catholic... Read more

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Apostolic Nuncio in Belgium answers to allegations by newspaper

May 9, 2006

Inthe wake of a highly publicized scandal regarding occupied churches byMuslims in Belgium, the country’s Apostolic Nuncio, Msgr. Karl-JosefRauber, released... Read more

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Family is sole hope of humanity, says Spanish cardinal

May 8, 2006

During the closing of the International Congress, “Europe for Life,” held this past weekend at the Catholic University of San... Read more

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Muslim refugees desecrate Belgian churches

May 8, 2006

Illegal immigrants have taken refuge in some Belgian churches and, according to the conservative Brussels Journal, these churches “are being... Read more

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Cardinal Lopez Trujillo responds to Cardinal Martini: no change in Church’s teaching on AIDS prevention

May 7, 2006

In an interview published by the Spanish daily “El Pais,” Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for... Read more

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Czech Bishops’ Conference slams Da Vinci Code for dishonoring Christian symbols

May 7, 2006

The Czech Bishops’ Conference has joined the chorus of protests against the Da Vinci Code book and movie, saying that... Read more

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Traveling WYD Cross damaged in Senegal

May 4, 2006

The official World Youth Day Cross, which is currently visiting countries in Africa on its way to Sydney for next... Read more

Humanitarian groups worried about Amnesty International’s wide-sweeping abortion initiative

May 4, 2006

A number of pro-life organizations, including the Catholic 'Aid to the Church in Need' (ACN), have raised their voices against... Read more

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Main aim of mission groups is to bend down, like good Samaritans, over our brothers’ needs, says Cardinal Sepe

May 4, 2006

Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples yesterday addressed the national Directors of the... Read more

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European Union Bishops encourage politicians, citizens to create framework for just society in Europe

May 4, 2006

The Conference of European Union Bishops (COMECE) Executive Committee has issued a statement ahead of Europe Day (May 9, 2006)... Read more

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Experts propose new study on Shroud of Turin

May 4, 2006

During the International Convention on the Holy Shroud of Turin, which took place last Sunday at the Catholic University of... Read more

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After Church complaints, German court calls MTV’s ‘Popetown’ ‘too dumb to be insulting’

May 3, 2006

A Munich court yesterday rejected a call by local Catholic Church officials to ban MTV’s airing of Popetown, saying the... Read more