May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- President George W. Bush will speak to the second Annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 20 at the Hilton Washington.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, a 20-minute late Pope Benedict greeted some 40,000 pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the noontime Regina Coeli prayer, beaming about his ordination of 21 new priests immediately before, and discussed the profound relationship between the Spirit and institution of the Church.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, on the Solemnity of Pentecost, Pope Benedict XVI ordained 21 new priests for the Diocese of Rome and encouraged them to “Always lead men back again” to the mystery and foundation of the Eucharist. “Help them”, he said, “to bring Christ's peace into the world."
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the much anticipated Mass for the beatification of Servants of God Ascension Nicol Goni and Marianne Cope, saying that the two "brought into the world the fruits and signs of the presence of the Holy Spirit.”
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI this morning, greeted pilgrims who had traveled to Rome for this weekend’s beatification of Mothers Ascension del Corazon de Jesus Nicol Goni, and Marianne Cope, calling them “Exemplary witnesses of Christ's charity."
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican announced today that Pope Benedict XVI has confirmed a nomination made by the late John Paul II, of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, vicar of Rome and president of the Italian Episcopal Conference, to be special envoy to the Italian Eucharistic conference in Bari this month.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, the Vatican publicized a Message sent by the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue to Buddhists who will celebrate the feast of Vesakh.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of St. Paul refused to have the Eucharist become a sign of protest. As a result, more than 100 people were denied Communion yesterday at St. Paul’s Cathedral during the feast day mass for Pentecost. These churchgoers were wearing rainbow sashes, demonstrating their support for homosexuals and lesbians in the Church.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo warned last week that “current circumstances in the world do not allow for improvisation” on issues such as the defense of life and the family, which demand intense preparation for the laity and religious.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Sean O'Malley's father, Theodore O'Malley, died Saturday in Deerfield Beach, Fla.; he was 89.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, warned this week that “radicalism and the harsh imposition of policies is intolerable” in a democratic society made up of active participants.
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In comments to the Spanish daily “La Razon,” the Archbishop of Cologne, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, dismissed the criticisms of theologian Hans Küng against Pope Benedict XVI, saying he “confuses his own imaginings with the Holy Spirit.”
May 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “Our society does not see Hispanic immigration as a problem, but rather as a blessing,” a prominent local government official in Spain said last week. Esteban Gonzalez Pons of the provincial government of Valencia, said Spain should not zero in erroneously on this issue as happens “in many European countries.”