Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the sacred pallium to the Vatican Secretary of State, Card. Angelo Sodano, and other 32 catholic archbishops urging them to work with him for the growth of the Body of Christ, avoiding false autonomies.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The passage of Canada’s same-sex marriage bill in the House of Commons yesterday is an indication “that Canadians are witnessing a dangerous deterioration of their communal values,” said the president of the Canadian bishops’ conference.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president, Bishop William Skylstad, urged President George Bush and world leaders in a letter yesterday, to tackle key social issues at next week’s G8 Summit.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After more than two years of debate, Canada’s controversial same-sex marriage legislation was passed last night by a 25-vote margin in the House of Commons.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops have called upon the international community to pressure the government of Zimbabwe to cease brutal treatment of its people.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Parliament may have voted to pass the controversial same-sex marriage bill, but the debate is far from over in many parts of Canada where people do not agree with the redefinition of marriage.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Issues surrounding marriage and family life have elicited passionate dialogue and public debate recently, and the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family Life is hoping dioceses nationwide will take up the dialogue as well and hold focus groups on these issues this year.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, noted the importance the Successor to St Peter’s service has meant to the international community in recent history.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of yesterday’s decision by the Canadian government to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country, a prominent Catholic analyst is warning that similar laws being debated in the U.S. and the so-called “hate crime” laws which preceded them threaten to undermine the family and the Church.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter written last week to members of the House Armed Forces Military Personnel Subcommittee, which met yesterday to discuss the controversy over religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Catholic League President Bill Donahue called charges of Christian favoritism unfounded and biased.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Spain have expressed their satisfaction at the publication of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presented by Pope Benedict XVI this Tuesday at the Vatican, and they encouraged its use, not isolated from but in conjunction with the full Catechism approved by John Paul II in 1992.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released this week, Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, denounced a local proposal that would allow for the use of public resources to promote surgical sterilizations.
Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Desde la Fe (“From The Faith”), published an editorial this week calling on presidential candidates not to play with the hopes of the people by making unrealistic campaign promises that will only foster a growing despair that “could drag the country into unwanted and destructive violence.”