Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Only two months after his election, Pope Benedict XVI has published his first book. In it, he defends the Catholic Church’s teachings on the sanctity of life and says the Church will never accept abortion. He also expresses his dismay that Europe has seemingly rejected its Christian heritage.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking before some 31,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the subject of Psalm 123: "Our help is in the name of the Lord," and he reminded the faithful not to fear "the snares of evildoers, who not only threaten life but also want to destroy all human values. However, the Lord arises to defend and save the righteous”.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of the Italian online magazine L’Espresso published an article Wednesday on a recent speech given by Cardinal Camillo Ruini, Vicar of the Diocese of Rome, in which he called for a re-writing of the history of Vatican II “according to the truth.”
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An African bishop returning from his first Ad Limina visit with Pope Benedict XVI in Rome said the weeklong meeting included discussions on AIDS and debt relief. The African bishops want the Vatican to lobby for debt relief for the continent’s poorest countries.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The faithful of Grand Rapids, who have been without a bishop since May 2004, are pleased to learn that they will receive a new shepherd in Bishop Walter Hurley, auxiliary of Detroit.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Just one week before the official opening of the beatification process for Pope John Paul II, Catholics worldwide are invited to participate in the cause by sending relevant information on the late Pope’s life and virtues to the postulator via the Internet.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A West Virginia court decision that has redefined the term “parent” has “demonstrated the lethal effects of judicial activism on the nuclear family,” said Stephen Crampton, chief counsel for the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Wisconsin’s Assembly Children and Families Committee voted yesterday to approve legislation that would ban the cloning of human embryos.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of the Dominican Republic warned this week that pro-abortion NGOs associated with international organizations are pressuring to get abortion legalized in the Caribbean country.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In the wake of massive protests on June 18 against the government’s efforts to legalize gay marriage, the National Catholic Confederation of Parents of Families and of Schoolchildren is calling on Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero to “listen to what the Spanish society is asking for” and withdraw the gay marriage law from Congressional passage.
Jun 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Rap star and actor Nick Cannon has released a new album whose title song, “Can I Live,” is an explicit defense of the right to life of the unborn. Cannon, an accomplished actor, comedian, songwriter and producer with a host of credentials to his name at the age of twenty-four, including his own television show, is making an all-out effort to cross from the film-making/television industry into the music industry with the new album and accompanying music video.