Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Two days ago the cardinals gathered in Rome stated the opening of the cause of beatification of Pope John Paul II would depend exclusively on his successor. In this context, the Secretary of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, Archbishop Edward Nowak, said the eventual process would not take very long to complete.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- 137 cardinals from around the world gathered this morning at the Vatican for their 8th General Congregation in preparation for the election of a new pope.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As cardinals from around the globe prepare to enter the Sistine Chapel on Monday to elect a new shepherd for the Catholic Church, the Vatican is asking faithful worldwide to unite themselves in prayer to the historic event.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Accredited journalists at the Vatican were shown a video Monday of the St. Martha residence, inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in 1995, where the cardinals will be staying the next conclave.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The famous train Termini train station in Rome will be renamed in honor of Pope John Paul II, who died on April 2 at 84 years of age. The announcement was made by Rome mayor Walter Veltroni after the Pope’s funeral.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In honor of the life and influence of Pope John Paul II, especially on younger generations, Franciscan University of Steubenville recently unveiled a life-sized painting of the pontiff to be housed in the campus’ John Paul II Library.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A pro-life leader was found not guilty in the District of Columbia of keeping a dead body for public display.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America may become the first U.S.-based Lutheran denomination to approve the ordination of active homosexuals as clergy and lay ministers, reported the Christian Post.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Iranian parliament voted today to legalize abortion for foetuses who are deemed mentally and physically disabled, reported BBC News.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s members of Parliament are expected to vote today on an amendment that would define legal marriage as the union of one man and one woman to the exclusion of all others, and provide a form of civil union for homosexual and lesbian couples.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The morning-after pill, also known as Plan B, is set to become available across Canada without a doctor’s prescription this month.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Organizers are calling it the largest-ever demonstration on Parliament Hill. Holding placards and chanting “Defend marriage,” between 15,000 and 20,000 Canadians converged on Parliament Hill April 9 to protest the Liberal government’s same-sex marriage bill.
Apr 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The members of the College of Cardinals participating in the General Congregations will visit the tomb of Pope John Paul II Tuesday afternoon, a day before it will be opened to the public.