Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today at noon in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI met with Cardinal Angelo Sodano, dean of the College of Cardinals, and the 32 metropolitan archbishops who received the pallium yesterday, calling them to continued unity with each other and with the Pope.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Spain’s parliament approved a measure legalizing gay unions today, setting aside a veto of the bill by the Senate. The new law makes gay unions equivalent to marriage and gives same-sex partners the possibility of adopting children.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a meeting with a delegation sent by His Holiness Bartholomew I, ecumenical patriarch of Constantinople, who are in Rome for the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, Pope Benedict expressed his commitment to the continuing dialogue between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, begun in earnest by his prediscessor, Pope John Paul II in 1980.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The redefinition of marriage in Canada to include homosexual couples has reduced marriage to “a mere sexual relationship,” says Fr. Raymond de Souza in a column published in the National Post yesterday. The chaplain at Newman House at Queen’s University in Kingston is a regular contributor to the national paper.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- San Antonio’s Archbishop Jose Gomez was one of 32 metropolitan archbishops to receive the pallium yesterday from Pope Benedict XVI, symbolizing their unity with the See of Rome, and the yoke placed on the shoulders of those who wear it.Archbishop Gomez was among four U.S. metropolitans to receive the pallium yesterday--a stole, placed around the neck of new archbishops by the pope each year on the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Hopes are high that a newly ordained bishop in Shanghai will help ease tensions and improve relations between China and the Vatican.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Member of Parliament has introduced a private member’s bill that would legalize physician-assisted suicide in Canada.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- John and Amelia Rocchio say the secret to the their 82-year marriage is love. The couple, who met when she was 17 and he was 19, may well be the longest-married couple in the world. John is now 101, and Amelia is 99.
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday evening, Pope Benedict XVI was honored by a number of youth organizations and others in a ceremony themed: "So many hearts around the Pope, messenger of peace."
Jun 30, 2005 - 12:00 am .- It will be a double celebration of sorts for Fr. Tom Brown’s golden jubilee. The Oblate of Mary Immaculate is marking his 50th anniversary to the priesthood in his native United States as well as in his adopted home, Sao Paolo, Brazil.