Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI renewed the Church’s call for a worldwide solidarity as a challenge to alleviate the suffering of its people and asked for a mor equitable sharing of the riches of hte planet.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received in audience today the secretary general of the World Council of Churches (WCC), Rev. Samuel Kobia, and underscored his will “to work tirelessly to rebuild the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers” and reassuring that “the commitment of the Catholic Church to the search for Christian unity is irreversible.”
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A much-anticipated autopsy report confirmed yesterday that Terri Schiavo died of dehydration. Medical examiners said they were surprised by the extent of her dehydration.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- South Korea’s most celebrated scientist, Hwang Woo-suk, met with the nation’s top Catholic cleric Wednesday to discuss the ethics of his embryonic stem-cell and cloning research.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As many as 200,000 Catholic high school students in Ontario observed a minute of silence this morning to protest the honorary degree that was given to Dr. Henry Morgentaler, Canada’s abortion pioneer.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As budget negotiations continue in Congress, Catholic Charities USA is urging House and Senate appropriators to adopt 12 priorities that will allow adequate funding for low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A retired bishop of Altoona-Johnstown died Monday at a nursing home in Hollidaysburg. Bishop-emeritus James Hogan was 93.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his installation Mass as the new ordinary for the Diocese of Matanza in Cuba, Bishop Manuel Hilario de Cespedes said, “The entire Church is called to proclaim the Kingdom of God,” and he exhorted the faithful to be a sign of the presence of the Kingdom in a secularized world.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- World Youth Day organizers have rejected an “offer” by the producers of a German television program called “Big Brother” to house pilgrims on the set of the popular reality show.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter celebrating the feast of St. Cyriacus and St. Paula, martyrs and patron saints of his diocese, Bishop Antonio Dorado Soto of Malaga, Spain, said that while in today’s Spain “Catholics are not subjected to physical torture,” they are subjected to psychological torture, “which is no less painful and serious.” Believers, he said, should not hide their faith in Jesus Christ out of fear.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Mariano Parra Sandoval of Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, said social decay in the country is the fruit of marginalizing God from daily life and from the loss of faith.
Jun 16, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the Spring meeting of the USCCB being held at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, vice president of the USCCB, announced that the revised text of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People expresses the ongoing commitment of the bishops to prevent the abuse of minors in the future.