Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During today's general audience, held this morning in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that God does not remain indifferent to the cry of His people, neither does He disappoint their hope.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Church officials and leaders in Italy have welcomed the results of a failed referendum that could have lifted the country’s restrictions on in vitro fertilization and embryonic research. The referendum June 12-13 was invalidated due to low voter turnout (25.9 percent). A turnout of more than 50 percent was required to make the vote valid.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The medical examiner's office plans to release its autopsy report on Terri Schiavo today. Her parents and siblings hope the report will shed light on the cause of the collapse that left her severely brain-damaged 15 years ago, reported the Associated Press.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A New Jersey Appellate Court ruled yesterday that the state Constitution does not include same-sex couples in its definition of marriage.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A ruling this week by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld an earlier decision that Holocaust survivors can continue their claims against the Vatican for the restitution of funds plundered from former Yugoslavia during the Second World War.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Archbishop William Levada will be challenged to “take more unpopular stands than he did as a U.S. bishop,” says Catholic analyst Deal Hudson.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to Argentina, the President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, Cardinal Paul Poupard, said the mission of Catholic universities is not to merely produce graduates, but rather to help students seek out the truth.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on Migrations of the Spanish Bishops’ Conference has released a document expressing concern for immigrants in the country and for “the sad events, although isolated, of recent confrontations between immigrants and natives and between immigrants themselves.”
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Resistencia, Argentina, Msgr. Carmelo Giaquinta, said this week, “It is difficult to say we are a culturally Christian people” because despite the massive expressions of devotion, the country is submerged in “unsolvable problems” due to neglect of the faith in daily life.
Jun 15, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico said this week that while the number of Catholics leaving the faith is worrisome, much more so is the number of Mexicans who say they are “indifferent” about God.