May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI formally took possession of St. John Lateran Cathedral, confirming his position as Bishop of the Diocese of Rome.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday at noon in Rome, the Holy Father appeared at his study window to recite the traditional Regina Coeli prayer, and note two significant dates for the Church; the solemnity of the Ascension, celebrated Sunday in Italy and in many other countries; and the 39th World Day of Social Communications.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI welcomed bishops from the Church in last year’s tsunami-ravaged Sri Lanka in his first "ad limina" visit since being elected Pope.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican announced that Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, would preside at the beatification Mass for Ascension Nicol Goni, virgin and co-foundress of the Dominican Missionary Sisters of the Rosary and Marianne Cope, virgin, of the Sisters of St. Francis, Syracuse, U.S.A.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary for the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, says a rediscovery of the Eucharist is needed as an answer to the spread of satanic practices. “The Church is concerned” about sacrileges and profanations committed against the Eucharist by satanic cults during so-called “black masses.”
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Minnesota’s Archbishop Harry Flynn has decided to take a stand against what he sees as a protest by a national gay and lesbian organization against Church teaching.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The governing body of the Anglican Church of Canada has decided to postpone a decision on performing same-sex marriages until 2007, and to conform to a request by the Anglican Consultative Council to give up its voting rights at the international level.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Conflict and extreme poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa have created a “permissive environment” for new recruits to al-Qaeda's terrorist network, says a newly released report by the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS).
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The longtime editor of the international Jesuit magazine "America" has resigned after years of tension, sparking speculations about the reasons for his departure.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and other religious organizations jointly filed a friend-of-the-court brief Friday, declaring that the U.S. Attorney General was correct in concluding that assisted suicide is not a legitimate medical practice under the Controlled Substances Act.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a Mass celebrated to mark the beginning of the pontificate of Benedict XVI, the Archbishop of Havana, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, said the new Pope will firmly guide the bark of Peter amidst the cultural and moral nihilism and rampant relativism of today’s world, which is in need of “clear ethical and human guideposts.”
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican today released the schedule for liturgical celebrations due to be presided over by Pope Benedict for the months of May and June.
May 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Spain published an official statement last week reminding Catholics that they are morally obliged not to vote in favor of an eventual law that will make homosexual unions equivalent to marriage, because it goes against reason and morality.