Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During his first official visit with the Italian President, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the legitimacy of a “a healthy laicism of the State, yet without excluding those ethical references whose ultimate foundations are to be found in religion.”
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a surprise midnight vote yesterday that caught the Conservatives off-guard, Canada’s minority Liberal government quickly cleared the way for a vote on the hotly debated same-sex marriage legislation.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Belleville’s 104,000 Catholics have a new bishop. Bishop Edward Braxton was installed at St. Peter Cathedral Wednesday, with more than 1,200 people in attendance, including 100 priests and 25 bishops.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The secret ordination of a woman in an undisclosed location in Central Europe this week was "not just illicit but invalid," said Archbishop John Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications in Rome.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Shanghai bishop said the Vatican and the Chinese authorities have tacitly agreed to close the schism in the Shanghai diocese by agreeing to his successor, who will be formally appointed auxiliary bishop next week, reported the Associated Press.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Jerusalem officials have decided to ban the fourth annual gay pride parade, organized for June 30, claiming the march would offend the majority of the city's practicing Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents, reported NewsMax.com. The decision was announced yesterday.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Representatives of Venezuela’s ruling party lead by President Hugo Chavez have presented two bills that would reform the country’s Penal Code and legalize abortion in cases of rape and incest. Representative Flor Rios argued that the measures were meant to “defend the life” of women who obtain clandestine abortions.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jesus Perez of Potosi, Bolivia, is calling on the country’s congressional representatives to shorten their terms in office in order to help bring peace and stability to the country and to facilitate early elections called for by President Eduardo Rodriguez.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Under the theme, “Strangers no more: together on the journey of hope,” bishops from Mexico and US have gathered to meet in El Paso, Texas, to discuss illegal immigration and to propose solutions that respect the dignity and the rights of those who cross the border into the United States.
Jun 24, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Garzon in Colombia is denouncing the disappearance of a priest who was on a humanitarian mission in the Colombian province of Huila.