May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of San Francisco dismissed as "rumors" recent reports announcing that Archbishop William Joseph Levada was about to be appointed as the new Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI met with members of the Vatican diplomatic corps, whom he thanked for their nation's participation in the funeral of John Paul II and his own papal election, which followed shortly after.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that the 11th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held at the Vatican October 2nd through the 23rd, would center around the theme of "The Eucharist: Source and Summit of the Life and Mission of the Church."
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Fr. Joseph Tyson and Fr. Eusebio L. Elizondo M.Sp.S, as new auxiliary bishops for the 904,000-member Archdiocese of Seattle.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Claims made by a pro-life group that Providence Alaska Medical Center, a Catholic hospital, is performing abortions are "patently untrue," said Catholic League president William Donohue.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Boston College will change its nondiscrimination statement and make it more welcoming to homosexual students and employees.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A junior at Fillmore Central High School near Buffalo, N.Y, has filed a federal lawsuit against his school district for forcing him to remove his pro-life shirt.
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A prominent Spanish official in charge of social welfare in Valencia is expressing her support for the bishops of Spain in their opposition to a new law that would legalize gay marriage. Alicia de Miguel thanked the bishops for the clarity with which they have expressed the Church's position on homosexual unions, saying other persons, parties and associations should show the same "honesty."
May 12, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Carmelo Giaquinta of Resistencia, Argentina, said this week the era of globalization implies a "universal call to holiness." "This is an ideal that should not be misunderstood, as if it implied a sort of extraordinary life, attainable only by a few 'geniuses' of holiness. There are many paths to holiness appropriate to each person's vocation. Now is the time to passionately remind everyone of this lofty degree of ordinary Christian life. The entire life of the ecclesial community and of Christian families should go in this direction."