Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See Press Office Director, Joaquin Navarro-Valls, officially announced today Pope Benedict's first foreign trip -- a four-day visit to his native Germany on August 18-21. The Holy Father will travel to Cologne, on the occasion of the 20th World Youth Day.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In yet another unexpected move and show of warmth, Pope Benedict XVI spoke with journalists casually for a few minutes this morning. They had been admitted to the Apostolic Palace Library to report on the visit with Zambian President Levy Patrick Mwanawasa, reported AGI.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As Archbishop William Levada of San Francisco prepares to head to Rome and serve as the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Arthur Serratelli was elected to succeed him as the chair of the national Committee on Doctrine.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Arlington is among the five fastest-growing dioceses in the United States thanks to a huge influx of Hispanics, immigrants and others from Northeastern states in the last 10 years.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Polish youth marched through the streets of Warsaw June 18, demonstrating against special rights for homosexuals. The so-called "Normal Parade" was organized in response to a recent "gay pride" event in the city, reported WorldNetDaily.com.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in New Zealand says Pope Benedict XVI's message about the sanctity of marriage will impact voters in the upcoming general election, reported RNZ/one news.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Liberal government announced yesterday that it is prepared to sit through the summer to pass its final budget bill and the same-sex marriage bill.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Leopoldo Brenes of Managua, Nicaragua, said this week that dialogue on the country’s problems is not easy, but it is the path that authorities must follow in order to achieve peace, reconciliation and development.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of Saturday’s historic pro-family demonstrations in Madrid that brought together more than one million people, the president of the civil rights watchdog site Hazteoir.org, Ignacio Arsuaga, accused the government and some media outlets of misreporting the turnout and the impact of the event.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Around 25,000 people gathered Sunday in Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square for the beatification of three Polish priests presided over by the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Jozef Glemp.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bolivian Bishops’ Conference, Bishop Jesus Juarez of El Alto, said elections should be called early and a new constitution should be drafted with the input of “historically marginalized and forgotten sectors” of society.
Jun 21, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of Filipinos have begun flocking to the archdiocesan cathedral in Manila to pay their final respects to Cardinal Jaime Sin, who died Tuesday at the age of 76.