News In Brief
Lack of Interest Shuts Catholic Movie Line
“Now that the reviews are on the Web, it’s not worth the resources to keep it going,” Garcia said May 16. “We’d kind of set a cutoff number when we got to fewer than 2,000 [calls] a month. We haven’t quite gotten there, but we’re close,” she said.
March 2006, the last month for
which statistics were available, registered 2,371 calls to the toll-free
telephone number, (800) 311-4222. February 2006 logged 2,278 calls. Garcia said
the service was costing the entity “a couple thousand dollars a month” with its
current usage. Garcia said the movie reviews that were being made available
over the phone have been made available concurrently on the
Bishop Thanks Government for
Bishop Thomas Wenski
sent the letter two days after Rice went before the Security Council at the
United Nations to ask for an increase in the number of peacekeepers in the Darfur region of
Archbishop Plays Role in Puerto Rican Budget Plan
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — San Juan Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez has been a prime mover in efforts to resolve the Puerto Rican government’s budget shortfall problems that have left 100,000 state employees without pay and has shut down public offices and schools.
The archbishop is part of a four-member special commission of civic leaders he helped set up to recommend measures to resolve the crisis. The problems started at the beginning of May when the government announced it did not have enough cash to meet all its obligations through June 30, the end of the fiscal year.
The shortfall has resulted in the
closing of 43 government agencies and 1,600 public schools two weeks before the
end of the academic year for 500,000 students. The situation led to a series of
street protests organized by labor and political groups on the Caribbean
- May 28-June 3, 2006