May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking at the third Summit of Heads of State and Governments of the Council of Europe yesterday, Vatican representative Archbishop Giovanni Lajolo told Council members that Europe would only be an “agent of peace and civilization in the world” to the extent that it promotes human dignity and fundamental rights.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A majority of Americans, 52 percent, oppose federal funding of embryonic stem-cell research while 36 percent of Americans support it, says a new poll.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- All of the kafuffle surrounding the resignation of Fr. Thomas Reese, SJ, as editor of America Magazine is unfounded, according to First Things editor Fr. John Neuhaus.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican has announced a seminar to be held tomorrow which will address the Social Doctrine of the Church and how it should be lived out in the modern world—particularly in light of the so-called culture wars and the defense of human dignity in a hostile world.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, commended Democrats for Life of America’s “95-10” Initiative, which aims to reduce the number of abortions.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli of Wilmington says Delaware legislators should reject Senate Bill 80, which would allow embryonic stem-cell research.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Five Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration will establish a new monastery this month on a mountain peak in Black Canyon City, located in the Diocese of Phoenix.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new book promises to address the important question posed by the pro-life movement’s support for restrictive or “incremental” abortion legislation.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in San Francisco are thrilled that their archbishop has been named prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- When Pope Benedict XVI announced Friday that he would waive the traditional five-year waiting period before starting the beatification process for the late John Paul II, clergy in Rome’s St. John Lateran Basilica greeted the news with an uproarious standing ovation.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the days following the election of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, the animal-rights activist group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) voiced its own unexpected support for the new Holy Father.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Italian journalist Renzo Allegri revealed this week that Pope John Paul II “escaped” incognito from the Vatican on occasion to ski in the Apennines of Abruzzo northeast of Rome.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a reference to the decision of the US government to build a wall on the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration, the Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week countries need to build “more bridges” in order to establish better relations and not walls that divide.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Undersecretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Guzman Carriquiri, announced this week that registration for World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, have increased significantly since the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the Vigil Mass of Pentecost at the Cathedral of La Almudena, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, expressed lament that Madrid is “falling into the temptation of a new Babel by wanting to build personal existence and society without God, beginning with marriage and the family.”
May 17, 2005 - 12:00 am .- According to a new study released by a group of French scientists, having an abortion may nearly double the risk of birth complications in future pregnancies.